Flying to Granada:
Even though there is an airport in Granada, we highly recommend you to fly to Malaga instead. You can find more information on this option under “Flying to Malaga”.
There are many more international flights to Madrid, Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca than to Granada, so many people prefer to fly to one of these three locations and then take a direct flight to Granada
Airlines flying to Granada:
?From Madrid: Iberia
?From Barcelona: Iberia, Vueling
?From Palma de Mallorca: Air Europa, Vueling
Granada Airport is located 16 km from the city centre. It offers a wide variety of facilities, such as luggage assistance, a tourist information desk, a coffee bar, car rentals, a regular bus service to Granada, and a taxi stand.
Upon your arrival at the airport, the most comfortable way of getting to your accommodation is by taking a taxi. The taxi stand is located next to the arrivals area of the airport and a trip to the city centre costs about ?28.
Another option would be to use the regular bus service from the airport to the city centre, which departs after each flight arrival from the stop located at the very exit of the arrivals area. It has the following itinerary: Airport ? Bus station ? La Caleta ? Avenida de la Constitucion ? Gran Via ? Palacio de Congresos. The ticket costs ?3 and the whole trip takes about 40 minutes.
Flying to Malaga:
In order to reach Granada, we recommend you to fly directly to Malaga. Malaga ? Costa del Sol Airport is connected with more than 70 international destinations all over the world in addition to its national connections. Malaga is the nearest international airport and is only 90 minutes from Granada by road. Flying to Malaga may be your best option to easily reach Granada.
There are 4 options to reach Granada from Malaga:
From Malaga Airport by bus
You can take a bus from Malaga Airport to Granada bus station. It leaves every day at 11:30 and at 18:30. The trip takes two and a half hours (there are several stops in between) and the price is ?10.87. To buy tickets online, visit www.alsa.es
From Malaga bus station by bus
There is a shuttle bus (Line A), which connects Malaga Airport with Malaga bus station (Estacion de autobuses), the sixth stop on its route. The single fare is ?2.00 and you buy the ticket on the bus. The journey takes about 20 minutes. The bus stop is located on the arrivals forecourt of Terminal 3 and the buses run every 30 minutes from 7:00 to 24:00.
To get to Malaga bus station, you can also take bus no. 19 (every 30 minutes from 7:00am to 24:00pm, ticket: ?1.20), a train (every 30 minutes, from 6.36am to 23:26 pm, ticket: about ?1.70) or a taxi (about ?20).
There is a bus every hour on the hour from Malaga bus station to Granada from 7:00am until 21:00pm. The trip costs ?10.87 and it takes about 1:45 h (128 km). To buy bus tickets online, visit www.alsa.es There you can check times and prices, and even choose your seat.
If you miss the last direct bus to Granada, you may still be able to catch the 21:30 bus from Malaga to Guadix, which stops in Granada at 23:00. Failing that, you will have to find a hotel room in Malaga or take a taxi.
Once you arrive at Granada bus station, you can take bus no. 3 (every 15 minutes from 6:30am to 23:00pm, direction Granada Conference Centre (Palacio de Congresos), ticket: ?1.20) or a taxi (about ?10 to the Granada Conference Centre).
From Malaga in a hired car
Most car rental companies have both pick-up and drop-off points at Granada and Malaga airports, as well as in the centre of Granada. Average daily rates start at ?36 for the economic option, ?52 for the standard option and ?116 for the executive option, but you may want to book your car in advance in case you are offered better terms. If you plan to use the car in Granada, you should be aware that free parking is very limited in the city centre and car parks are expensive, so car rental is only really recommended for trips outside the city.
From Malaga airport in a taxi
Another good option to get to Granada is to club together with 2 or 3 people to take a taxi. A taxi from Malaga to Granada costs about ?150 on a weekday and ?174 at a weekend, but you may want to try to negotiate a better price with the drivers at the airport.
Travelling to Granada by train
RENFE is the Spanish railway network and provides transport services around Spain. To buy tickets online and check train availability and timetables, visit the official website www.renfe.com (available in English and French). Granada train station is located right in the city centre, on the Avenida de Andaluces off the Avenida de la Constitucion. Unfortunately, there is no high speed rail line to Granada, so travellers interested in this option will have to change in Antequera (bus, train) or Malaga (see “Flying to Malaga”).