Gibtelecom Chess Festival 2009: Transport


By Air

Major airlines like EasyJet, 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 (+34) 952 350061 or Algeciras Bus Station (+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 2008. 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 service will be provided from 12:30hrs to 15:00hrs each day from 27 January - 5 February 2009 from the six other hotels, starting at The Rock. A return service will be provided at 14:30, 19:30 and 21:30. 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

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 buses leave Malaga airport from 12:00 till 15:30 on 26 January 2009 and returning from Gibraltar on the morning of 6 February 2009 to Malaga airport. The cost will be £25 per person return trip. Please contact if you wish to make use of this service.


Caleta Hotel