Flying direct to Granada Airport
If you want to fly to Granada airport, you need to catch an international flight to Barcelona or Madrid and then a domestic flight to Granada. There are many more flights to Málaga so many people fly to Málaga and then
catch a bus or hire a car (see information below).
Another way to get to Granada by air is to come via one of the airports used by VUELING or IBERIA
Flying to Granada Airport
British Airways operates direct flights from London City Airport (UK) to Granada several times a week. The flights are fairly reasonably priced.
Granada airport is 12km from the city centre. On arrival it is best to get a taxi from the airport so that you can get to your accommodation without walking through the streets with your
luggage. The taxi costs about 28 euros.
There is also a bus service which takes you to the centre of Granada. The bus times tie in with all the flights. There is more information about the airport bus on this page and a map with the bus stops here.
For domestic flights within Spain use the Iberia web site IBERIA.com
Flying to Málaga Airport
Málaga is the closest international airport to Granada and there are many flights. Málaga airport is 125km from Granada and it takes about 90 minutes to drive from Malaga to Granada.
GETTING FROM MÁLAGA BY BUS
It is best to use public transport to get to Granada. The bus is faster than the train. Buses leave from Málaga bus station and arrive at Granada bus station. The journey takes between 90 minutes (11.43€)
and 120 minutes (13.72€). The price of a return ticket is double the price of a one-way ticket so there is no saving in buying a return.
There are direct buses from Málaga airport to Granada bus station. The journey takes 2 hours 15/30 minutes and a one-way ticket costs 11.43€/13.72€.
If you arrive at another time, it is faster to catch a bus from Málaga airport to Málaga bus station and then catch a bus to Granada.
There are buses to Málaga bus station every 30 minutes and the journey takes 30 minutes. It is neccessary to buy your ticket before boarding the bus from the ticket office directly outside the arrivals
hall. The price of a single ticket is 3€.
There are buses to Granada every hour between 7:00 and 21:30. A taxi from Málaga to Granada costs around 140 euros.
Granada bus station is just outside town, so you will have to get a taxi or a bus into the centre. To buy tickets online, visit alsa.es. You can check times and prices and
even choose your seats. If the new Alsa page doesn't work, try the old page.
If you miss the last bus to Granada, you will have to get a hotel in Málaga or club together with 4 people and get a taxi (a taxi from Málaga is about 120 - 160 euros).
MÁLAGA (AIRPORT) - GRANADA (BUS STATION): 08:30, 10:45, 11:00, 11:30, 16:00, 18:30 and 20:45
GRANADA (BUS STATION) - MÁLAGA (AIRPORT): 07:00, 08:00, 9:00, 10:15, 13:15 and 18:30
MÁLAGA (BUS STATION) - MÁLAGA (AIRPORT): 07:00 - 24:00 (EVERY 30 MINUTES)
MÁLAGA (AIRPORT) - MÁLAGA (BUS STATION): 06:25 - 23:30 (EVERY 30 MINUTES)
MÁLAGA (BUS STATION) - GRANADA (BUS STATION):
07:00, 08:00, 09:00, 10:00, 11:15, 11:30, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 16:30, 17:00, 18:30, 19:00, 20:00, 21:15, 21:30
GRANADA (BUS STATION) - MÁLAGA (BUS STATION):
07:00, 08:00, 08:25, 09:00, 10:15, 11:00, 12:00, 13:15, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00, 18:30, 19:00, 20:00, 21:00
When you come out of arrivals, go straight on and you will come to the bus stop
Getting from Málaga in a hire car
Remember that the only point in having a car in the centre of Granada is for going on excursions. Once you are in the centre of Granada you can walk everywhere or get a taxi. Parking your car in a public
carpark will normally cost at least 25 euros per day but a new carpark has opened which costs 40 euros per week.
Most companies have pick-up and drop-off points both at Granada airport and in the centre of Granada. There is a list of hire car companies here.
Getting from Málaga airport in a taxi
Just go to the taxi rank at the airport and try to get the best price. You should be able to get the price down to 140 or even lower. You will need to show them the address of where you are
going and then ask the price. It is a good idea to get them to write the figure down on a paper so that they can't later say it was higher and that you didn't understand.
There are companies who operate a long distance taxi service out of Málaga - for example Málaga Taxi. The price to Granada is 159 euros
Getting to Granada by Train
The train station is fairly central and is in Avenida de Andaluces off Avenida de la constitución. Granada is not on a high speed line.
The Talgo takes about 5 and a half hours from Madrid. Seville is 4 hours by train. Most people choose the bus rather than the train when coming from Malaga or Almeria.
RENFE have a good website giving full information about trains in Spain, English, French, etc. Follow these links for homepage and timetables.
Getting to Granada by Bus
There are many buses each day to and from other large Spanish cities. To buy tickets online, visit ALSA. You can check times and prices and even choose your seats. The bus station is slightly out of town and you will need to get a taxi
or a bus to get to the centre
If you are coming from Madrid you will need to go to "Estación del Sur".
The nearest tube station to "Estación del Sur" is Méndez Álvaro The buses leave every hour and if there is a busy day, for example before or after a fiesta they put on more buses according to demand.
The usual thing (if you haven't bought tickets in advance) is just to go to the bus station and get on the next available bus. You would be unlucky if you have to wait longer than 2 hours for a bus.
Buy your tickets from the ALSA window or machine. There are various services between Madrid and Granada:
normal (5 hours - 17.53€): 1:30, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, 10:30, 11:30, 14:00, 15:00, 16:30, 17:30, 18:30, 20:30
supra economy (4 horas 30 minutes - 26.81€): 1:00, 7:00
supra + (4 hours 30 minutes - 35.87€): 13:30, 19:30
The bus company owns a cafe half way between Madrid and Granada where they sell overpriced dried up sandwiches and lukewarm coffee. If this is your first time in Spain don't get depressed, Spanish catering is not normally this bad.
See above in "Getting from Málaga".
From other Spanish cites
Internet booking systems now function well so it is best to book seat online here ALSA, otherwise the normal procedure for getting a bus is to go to the station and get on the
next available bus.
Driving to Granada
The Spanish road network has improved a lot in the last 20 years and there are good roads to all other Spanish cities. It takes about 5 hours to Madrid, 11 hours to Barcelona, 90 minutes to Málaga