The number of bus journeys across Marbella has surged by 72 per cent, thanks in no small part to the introduction of free bus travel in the municipality in May last year.
Between May and December 2018, 1.6 million journeys were carried out on the network. During the same period last year, that number rose to 2.8 million.
These figures were announced on Monday, when the 60,000th bus pass was given out. This means that 40 per cent of the registered population now has one.
Further data showed that 68.7 per cent of bus journeys were 'paid for' with a free bus pass. The large majority of the remainder were journey made either by tourists or those not on the town's 'padrón' population register.