Gibtelecom Chess Festival 2008: Transport


By Air

Major airlines like British Airways (operating as GB Airways), Monarch Airlines and Iberia have scheduled services to Gibraltar.


Direct scheduled flights from Gatwick, Luton and Madrid to Gibraltar.

Approximate flying times 2½ hours.

Malaga airport is serviced from a substantial number of major cities. The transfer time by road to Gibraltar is approximately 90 minutes, 130 kilometres. There is a public bus service. The border is crossed at La Linea in Spain.


By Bus

Malaga Bus Station 00 34 952 350061 or Algeciras Bus Station 00 34 956 651055
If you log on to the following website you will be able to access information on coach transfers and time tables from Malaga to La Linea and also from Algeciras


By Road

Madrid is 500 kilometres from Gibraltar and takes approximately 6 hours.



From Tangier to Algeciras or Tarifa daily. There are ferries from Tangier to Gibraltar, but these are much less frequent in the winter months. The timetable must be checked and is subject to change. It is much easier to take the ferry to Algeciras, but then a Shengen visa is required.



To Algeciras. It is then a short bus ride to La Linea.


Passports and Visas

All EU Nationals may enter Gibraltar with a valid identity card or passport. A full passport is required should you wish to visit North Africa


Visas are required for visitors to Spain and/or Gibraltar from certain countries. Thus, for example, a Russian or Moroccan national, reaching Gibraltar from Spain requires two visas: a Shengen visa and a Gibraltar visa are necessary. If the same individual were to travel via London, both a British and a Gibraltar visa would be required. Gibraltar visas can be obtained from the British Embassy/Consulate in your home country. Players with five-year entry visas to the UK do not require Gibraltar visas.


When applying for a visa, it is essential to start the process prior to 7 December 2007. It is much better to apply to the Embassy in one’s country of residence. Provided people enter in good time, assistance will be given as necessary, including a formal invitation.


Courtesy Bus

This new service will be provided from 0900am and 1400 each day from 22-31 January 2008 from the six other hotels, starting at The Rock. A return service will be provided at 1430, 1930 and 2130. No responsibility can be accepted for any failure in this new service. In any case, there are buses and taxis, and it is also possible to walk to the Caleta Hotel. 


Malaga to Gibraltar Bus Service

This year the organizers are interested in offering a bus service from Malaga airport as more and more participants are coming from there. We are planning in having one bus leave Malaga airport some time after midday on the 21st of January and returning from Gibraltar on the morning of the 1st of February to Malaga airport. The cost we will try to keep as minimal as possible depending on how many people show their interest. Please send an email to as soon as possible.
Caleta Hotel