How to get there:
There are now international flights to Granada from about 3 locations. There are many more flights to Málaga so generally people prefer to fly to Málaga and then get a bus or hire a car.
Granada airport is 12 km 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 30 €.
There is also an airport bus service which takes you to the centre of Granada. The bus times tie in with all the flights. The ticket costs around 3 €.
There are direct flights to Granada from:
BARCELONA (Iberia /Vueling)
PALMA DE MALLORCA (Air Europa / Vueling)
Málaga is the nearest international airport to Granada and there are plenty of flights. It takes about 90 minutes to get from Málaga to Granada by road.
Arriving from Málaga by bus:
This is a new shuttle bus (Line A) that connects Málaga Airport with the Málaga bus station. The single fare is 2.00 € and you can buy the ticket on the bus. The journey takes about 20 minutes. The bus stop is on the arrivals forecourt of Terminal 3 and the buses run every 30 minutes from 7:00 to 24:00.
You can also take the bus route 19 (every 30 minutes, from 7:00am to 24:00pm, ticket 1 €) or a train (about 20 €) from the airport to Málaga bus station. Moreover, a train service is available from the airport to María Zambrano train station which is very close to the Málaga bus station (every 30 minutes, from 6:36am to 23:26 pm, ticket 1.05 €).
There is a bus every hour from the Málaga bus station to Granada from 7:00am until 21:00pm. The price is 10 €. It takes about 1:45 h (128 kms). It is possible to buy bus tickets online on www.alsa.es. You can check times and prices and even choose your seats.
If you miss the last bus to Granada, you can catch the 21:30 bus (Málaga-Guadix) which stops in Granada at 23:00. Failing that, you will have to get a hotel in Málaga or get a taxi.
Arriving from Málaga in a hire car:
Most companies have pick-up and drop-off points both at Granada airport and in the centre of Granada. Average prices are about 36 € for the economic option, 52 € for the standard option and 116 € for the executive option.
Arriving from Málaga airport in a taxi:
Another good option to get Granada is clubbing together with 2 or 3 people and take a taxi. A taxi from Málaga is about 150 € during the weekdays and 174 € during the weekends. It takes around one hour and a half.
There are many buses each day to and from the other large Spanish cities. To buy tickets online visit www.alsa.es. 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.
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.es. The train station is located right in the city center.
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 from Madrid, 6 hours from Valencia, 11 hours from Barcelona, 90 minutes from Málaga.