Hey there! I once had a boyfriend in Gibraltar
, so I was doing very regular travelling from Malaga to Gibraltar. Of course, this is a completely subjective opinion, but everything which has to do with travelling to Gibraltar with public transport, crossing the border with a car or travelling around the city in busses can be very close to absolutely unnerving. If you are interested, I´ll explain in more detail.
The busses running from Malaga to La Linea, the border town next to Gibraltar, take three hours for 129 km, as they stop in each and every resort along the Costa del Sol (Torremolinos, Benalmádena, Fuengirola, Marbella, San Pedro and Estepona). The busses themselves are quite uncomfortable and when they are full, you can despair. Sometimes the air-con is not working or blowing like hell and when you finally reach your destination in La Linea, you stumble out of the bus whacked. But…the Rock is close and so you feel renovated energies and there are just a few strides to cross the border (about 500 metres).
If you cross the border walking, there is no problem; you just pass through the customs. On the Gibraltarian side it can actually happen that you get stuck: There is only one road into the city and this actually crosses the runway; so and especially in summer, there are frequent landings and takings off and the traffic is completely interrupted until the runway is cleared.
Talking about getting stuck, this can as well happen when you cross the border with your car. The queues in both directions of the border can be endless, again, especially in summer and during peak hours. As a general recommendation, it is more advisable to park in La Linea, cross the border walking and take from there a bus or a taxi into town. If you insist in crossing the border in your own vehicle and you´re stuck in the queue, one word of warning: don´t even think about jumping the queue. Many locals working in Gibraltar do this procedure on a daily basis and they are quite fed up of people trying to smart them out; nearly everybody has the phone number of the Guardia Civil (Spanish road police), who will quickly note down the registration number of your car and once you reached the border, they won´t let you pass and you will have to queue up again!