Sleeping in Airports

Malaga Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Malaga Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

At 2am the security woke me up anyway to check my air ticket and guide me to the general landside hall, where two homeless people were already sleeping.The security lady wasn’t rude to me, but she gestured her colleagues she thinks I’m a bit crazy. – tinkole

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Malaga Airport.

What to Expect

The busy Malaga Airport currently operates two terminals: Terminal 2, which has undergone recent renovations, and Terminal 3, which was opened in 2010. You’ll find a variety of eateries, cafes, and shops, including three eateries that are open 24 hours in Terminal 3. Free WiFi helps pass the time. For added comfort while you wait, economy class passengers can pay to enter an airport lounge. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for location and access information.

Where to Sleep

Travellers who spend the night here will have to stay landside, even if you’re already airside. Reviews indicate that Terminal 3 is more comfortable for resting, particularly behind the Burger King, around the baggage claim, or near the ground-floor bathrooms where benches and power outlets are located. Terminal 2 is busier and has no benches or chairs, so you’ll likely need a sleeping bag or blanket for the floor. Temperatures fluctuate from hot to cold, so dress in layers. For uninterrupted sleep, hotels are nearby. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program (ie. Priority Pass). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Passes  Sala VIP Lounge – Location: Terminal 3, Airside, Upper Level. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Malaga Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Holiday Inn Express Malaga Airport – (5 minutes from the airport terminal) This is the closest hotel to the airport. Bus A, a public bus that departs from the airport, stops 100 meters in front of the hotel. Present your bus ticket at the hotel’s front desk for reimbursement.  » Check Rates
  • Campanile Malaga Airport – (2 minutes from the airport) Bus A, a public bus that departs from the airport, stops next to the hotel.  » Check Rates
  • Malaga Picasso – (3 minutes from the airport) This hotel is easily accessible by taxi and public buses.  » Check Rates
  • TRYP Malaga Guadalmar Hotel – (5 minutes from the airport) This hotel is easily accessible by taxi and public buses.  » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Malaga Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free unlimited WiFi is available at Malaga Airport. Connect to the “AIRPORT FREE WIFI AENA” network.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs, operated by Banca March and Euronet, are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: in Terminal 3 – Arrivals Hall (Floor 0) and Check-In area (Floor 1). Baggage Reclaim (Floor 0), Check-In area (Floor 1), and airside in the Boarding Area (Floor 1).

Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available at numerous locations.

Chapel – A multi denominational chapel is available. Location: Terminal 3, Landside, P0, Arrivals Hall. Hours: Upon request, seek assistance from airport staff.

Currency Exchange – There are a total of 3 currency exchange offices. Locations: Terminal 3, Baggage Claim, Floor 0 • Terminal 3, Arrivals Hall, Floor 0 • Terminal 3, Departures Area, Floor 1.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available airside to passengers departing from Terminals 2 or 3. In addition, a wide range of merchandise is available for sale from shops throughout the airport.

Family Services – If you are travelling with children, there is Children’s Play Area (Location: Terminal 2, Airside, Departure Area) and a Nursing Room (Location: Terminal 2, Airside, Departure Area).

Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. These options are open 24 hours: Mum’s Kitchen (T3, airside, Departures / Floor 1) • Starbucks (T3, landside & airside, Floor 1) • Upper Crust (T3, airside, Departures / Floor 1 • T3, landside, Departures / Floor 1).

Information Desk – Information desks are located throughout T3 in these locations: Check-In area, landside, Floor 1 (open 24 hours) • Arrivals Hall, Floor 0 • Baggage Reclaim Hall, airside, Floor 0 • Boarding Area, airside, Floor 1.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – There is a left luggage office, which in addition to luggage storage, also sells travel products, provides printing services, and more. Location: T3, Landside, Check-in area. Rates: Unknown. Hours: 8:00AM – 8:00PM.

Luggage Wrapping – Services are provided in 3 locations. Rates: unknown. Hours: vary with the location by Check-in Desks 301-362 being open the longest from 4:00AM – 10:30PM.

Medical Services – Urgent and emergency medical care is available at the Medical Centre. Location: T3, Arrivals / Floor 0. Hours: unknown.

Mobile Charging –  Chargers are available in the work zones. See work zone section below.

Pharmacy – There are 2 pharmacies. Locations: Terminal 3, Landside, Departures Area, Floor 1 • Terminal 3, Airside, Departures Area, Floor 1.

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

Work Zones – There dedicated work areas which offers desks and outlets for charging devices. Locations: T3, Airside, Floor 2, Boarding area x 2 locations.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Airlines

As of February 2019, Malaga airport is served by the following airlines: Aer Lingus • Aeroflot • Air Arabia Maroc • Air Baltic • Air Europa • Air Malta • Air Nostrum • Air Transat • Alitalia • BA CityFlyer • Blue Air • British Airways • Brussels Airlines • Bulgaria Air • Delta Airlines • Easyjet • Eurowings • Evelop • Finnair • Flybe • Germania • Hélity • Iberia • Jet2.com • KLM • Laudamotion • Level • Lufthansa • Luxair • Norwegian • Royal Air Maroc • Ryanair • SAS • Small Planet Airlines • SmartWings • Swiss • TAP Portugal • Transavia • TUIfly • Turkish Airlines • Volotea • Vueling • Wizz Air.



Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

The airport is well connected to the bus system, offering passengers the following options (with stops outside of T3 Arrivals):

  • Airport Express Route Line 75 running between the airport and city center in just 15 minutes.
  • Intercity buses connecting you to Marbella, Estepona and Nerja are also available from the airport.
  • Long distance buses are also available connecting you to Algeciras and Alsa.

For fares, routes and schedules, visit the public transportation page of the Malaga Airport website.

Car Rentals

These car rental agencies can be found between baggage claim carousels 28 and 31: Avis/Budget • Europcar/Interrent • Goldcar • Hertz/Firefly • Record Go • Sixt.

Taxi

Metered taxis are readily available from the taxi rank located outside of Terminal T3 Arrivals area. For estimated fares, visit the Malaga Airport website.

Train

The airport is connected to the train system offering you service to the city centre of Malaga (12 minute ride) and Torremolinos (10 minute ride).

Last updated: 2019-05-30

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.