Intro: For years, many tourists have struggled to visit the stunning Caminito del Rey gorge walk due to a lack of convenient train options. But that is about to change. Starting this week, a new train service from Malaga to El Chorro will make it much easier for visitors to enjoy the walk, even if they’re only in town for the day. In this article, travel expert Kevin Erickson shares everything you need to know about this exciting development.
- A new train service from Malaga to El Chorro makes visiting the Caminito del Rey gorge walk more convenient than ever before
- With several departures per day and a round-trip price of just 7.30 euros, visitors can easily do the walk and return to Malaga on the same day
- The project will initially run for three years, and regular travelers can ride for free
Rail operator Renfe has launched a new train service that will allow visitors to access the famous Caminito del Rey gorge walk from Malaga with ease. The extension of the C2 suburban line from Álora will provide several daily departures in both directions, and the round-trip price is just 7.30 euros.
The journey takes approximately 56 minutes, and visitors can easily do the hike, eat, and return to Malaga on the same day, something that was previously complicated. In total, there will be 81 weekly trains between Malaga and El Chorro, run by Renfe.
The project will initially run for at least three years, and regular travelers can ride for free since the same conditions will be applied to the conventional Media Distancia and Cercanías services. For occasional visitors, a 30% discount will apply with respect to the Media Distancia rate.
According to data from Malaga’s provincial authority, the Diputación, it is forecast that the new train service could carry up to 300,000 passengers per year, which is the number of walkers that the Caminito receives.
The Secretary of State for Transport, Mobility and the Urban Agenda, David Lucas, announced that this is one of the three local services that have been launched today (along with others in Cordoba and Murcia).
While the inauguration of the new train service was controversial, due to political disagreement over who was invited to the event, travelers can be excited about the increased accessibility to the stunning Caminito del Rey gorge walk.
With this new train service, visitors to Malaga can now enjoy this beautiful natural wonder more easily than ever before.
Next station, Antequera?
David Lucas, the Secretary of State, has said that he is open to studying the extension of the Cercanías service to Antequera, as the town council has been demanding since the new Antequera-Alta Velocidad station was opened, on the outskirts of the town – much closer than the Santa Ana station.
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