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Madrid to Marbella - 1) Flight or Train 2) Hotel?

Costa Mesa...
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Madrid to Marbella - 1) Flight or Train 2) Hotel?

I am planning a weekend birthday trip to Marbella from Madrid for my girlfriend in beginning of September.

1) First, would you recommend taking a flight or train? The train looks nice but just as expensive as plane ticket.

2) I booked Hotel Claude, but I am looking at other options. We want to be close to the beach, or at a beach hotel, and close to old town to walk to good restaurants and bars. I saw Boho Club Hotel but it looks a bit away from everything. Hotel Claude looks super charming but looks a bit small and no spa/pool. Any recommendations is welcome for Hotels.

3) Any good restaurant/beach/activity recommendations please!

I really want to make this a special trip for her so any help is appreciated!

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Arroyo de la Miel...
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1. Re: Madrid to Marbella - 1) Flight or Train 2) Hotel?

We enjoyed the train journey (Malaga to Madrid). Very smooth, good seas, a film to watch and very fast. No hassle at the train station at either end. Seemed less hectic than airports are and probably a similar journey time overall. Plus the local train journey at both ends was included in the Ave ticket. Take food with you, the vending machines on the train were not very appetising really.

Sorry, cant help with Marbella.

Estepona, Spain
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2. Re: Madrid to Marbella - 1) Flight or Train 2) Hotel?


N.B. there is no train to Marbella, it is bus from Malaga. The bus station is just across the road from where the train arrives.

Best wishes


Albufeira, Portugal
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3. Re: Madrid to Marbella - 1) Flight or Train 2) Hotel?

On (1) go by train. You don't have to get to the station hours before the train leaves as you do if flying. The trip from Madrid to Malaga takes around two and half hours on the faster non stop trains. That for me compares nicely with the two hours or so possibly to be spent getting out to the airport then at airport checkin and security lines. Unless of course you are flying in the same day and are already at the airport.

Buy tickets at www.renfe.com and the earlier you buy, the cheaper it is. Trains leave from Madrid Puerto de Atocha station.

I have never been to Marbella, so cannot hep with the other questions.

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