IMPORTANT: for more information about cheap international flights direct to Granada airport, see this page
There are now international flights to Granada from about 6 locations. There are many more flights to Málaga so many people fly to Málaga and then get a bus or hire a car (see information below).
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. Click here for more info.
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.
Málaga is the nearest international airport
to Granada and there are plenty of flights. It takes about 90 minutes
from Málaga to Granada by road.
For cheap international flights to Málaga click here
It is not usual to catch a train from Málaga to Granada mainly because of the change at Bobadilla which can take a long time.
Getting from Málaga by bus
There are now direct buses from Málaga airport to Granada bus station. They leave at 11:30 in the morning and 18:30 in the afternoon. The journey takes 2 hours 20 minutes and a one-way ticket costs 10€.
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 buses to Granada every hour. The journey takes about 2 hours and costs 10€. It is difficult to get to Granada after 21:30. A taxi from Málaga
Granada bus station is just outside of 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 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).
If you need a cheap place to stay in Málaga for the night, I have been told that the Cenacheros pension is OK. Otherwise ask a taxi driver to take you to a Pension or Hotel.
MÁLAGA (AIRPORT) - GRANADA (BUS STATION): 11:30 and 18:30
GRANADA (BUS STATION) - MÁLAGA (AIRPORT): 07:00 and 10:00
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 - 21:00 (EVERY HOUR) (18:30 not 18:00)
GRANADA (BUS STATION) - MÁLAGA (BUS STATION): 07:00 - 21:00 (EVERY HOUR) and 21:30
When you come out of arrivals, go straight on and you will come to the bus stop
Getting from Málaga in a
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 car park will normally cost at least 25 euros per day but a new car park has opened which costs 40 euros per week click here
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
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 click here to see the website
The boss of a taxi company asked me to put this message here "Users of GranadaInfo qualify for a substantial discount in Taxi and Minibus fares from Málaga Airport to Granada. Contact Adrian Howarth at Málaga Airport Taxi directly on +34 693 900 900 or email email@example.com and mention that you use GranadaInfo!" He also told me the price would be 130€-135€ (normal price is 189€).
The train station is fairly central and is in Avenida de Andaluces off Avenida de la constitución. The phone number is 958 271 272. Granada is not on a high speed line. See more info
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
web site giving full information about trains in Spain
Follow these links homepage and timetables.
By the way: If you want some help with train vocabulary in Spanish, visit this page
There are many buses each day to and from the 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. Click here for more info
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 go about 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. Try the ALSA window. It takes about 5 hours from Madrid to Granada and costs around 17 euros.
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
See above in "getting from Málaga".
From other Spanish
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.
Getting taxis within Granada
It seems that it is not possible to book taxis in advance. However, if you phone for a taxi within Granada it rarely takes longer than 10 minutes for them to arrive. To get a taxi within Granada, just go to a taxi rank or phone 958 280 654. There are lots of taxi ranks in Granada: in front of the bus station, in front of the train station, in front of the plaza de Triunfo, in Plaza Nueva, in Fuente de las Batallas, and in front of the Corte Inglés, etc. click here for more info.
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
To see distances and driving instructions from other cities click here