Let's just get this straight.
Gibraltar may be only be 6.8km in size and the airport may well be within spitting distance of the Spanish border but it most definitely is not walkable for the most part given its uneven terrain.
More so, when you have just got off a plane ride, laden with luggage and perhaps kids in tow and the sun’s out, it makes for a very sweaty and uncomfortable walk to your hotel not to mention navigating your way across the runway which is actually a road where the traffic stops as aircraft take off and land.
And please make note: there is no public transport operating from Gibraltar Airport. There is a taxi stand where you may find a solitary cab or two but certainly not enough for a plane load of disembarking passengers. There is also a bus stop outside the airport perimeter but you could find yourself waiting for up to an hour in the sun which is never a good start to any holiday.
Therefore, we always highly recommend you pre-book your airport transfers. Seriously, you'll thank us later for this small but crucial tip. There is a charge of £12.50 per person each way (£25 per person round trip) and includes drop off and pick up from your accommodation. Children under the age of 4 who do not require a seat travel free.
If you're on your own with little or no luggage and don't mind getting hot & bothered in the Gibraltar sun, then bring a good pair of comfortable shoes and get walking!
On the other hand, if you are arriving at Malaga International, you have four options:
i) Take a taxi
iii) Pre-book a coach transfer
iv) Pre-book a private car transfer