The best option for getting about in Granada is by bus or taxi. Driving in the town centre is not recommended as the streets are highly congested and most tourist areas are pedestrianised. There are several regular bus routes which cover the main areas of the city, but if you are planning on seeing the main sights, including the Albaicin and the Alhambra it is best to do this on foot.
Granada’s bus station is at Carretera de Jaen s/n which is on the continuation of Avenida de Madrid, 3km north west of the centre. You can get to the bus station from the city centre on bus number 3 and 33, and from the Sports Centre bus number 10. All bus services operate from here except for a few to nearby destinations including Fuente Vaqueros, Viznar and the Estacion de Esqui Sierra Nevada.
One of the most popular bus routes is number 3 which runs from the main bus station to Gran Vía de Colón in the city centre. In addition, bus numbers 4, 6, 7, 9 and 11 run from the railway station into the city centre. You can also buy a 21-journey ticket, which is ideal if staying outside the city – details below.
The following bus companies operate from Granada Bus Station:
Alsa offers services to cities including A Coruña, Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid, Malaga, Marbella, Nerja, Lanjaron, Almunecar and Seville. Website: alsa.es
Autedia Maestra connects to Almeria, Albox, Alicun de Ortega, Baza, Iznalloz, Guadix, Mojacar, Puebla D. Fadrique, Ubeda
Autocares Bonal runs to the Sierra Nevada.
Bacoma operates to Barcelona, Valencia, Castellon, Alicante y Tarragona.
Linebus goes to Albacete and places in France including Avignon, Clermont Ferrand and Lyon. Website: linebus.com
The Granada bus station has 28 platforms and information screens that provide information on all the arrivals and departures.
There is also a restaurant and cafe at Granada Bus Station. The restaurant has a large dining room and offers a three course daily menu while the cafeteria sells sandwiches and snacks.
If you are flying into Granada Airport it is 12km from the city centre and there is a bus which takes you into the city centre. They run at regular intervals coinciding with the flight arrivals and cost EUR3 single fare. From Granada the buses depart from Palacio de Congresos at 05:20, 06:25, 07:45, 10:00, 11:00, 12:99, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00, 19:00 and 20:00 and from the airport they leave at the same times from outside the arrivals hall, It is a short journey and there are just 7 stops from the Airport – Bus Station – La Caleta – Jardines del Triunfo – Gran Vía – Cathedral – Puerta Real – Palacio de Congresos. Website: autocaresjosegonzalez.com
If you are planning on doing a lot of bus travel when you are in Granada, then it is worth purchasing passes called Tarjeta Turistica (Tourist Ticket) and CrediBus. The details are as follows:
Regular ticket – EUR1.20
Regular night ticket – EUR1.30
Feria Transport – EUR1.40
Travel Card (7 trips) – EUR5
Travel Card (16 trips) – EUR10
Travel Card (33 trips) – EUR20
Monthly Travel Card – EUR35
Youth Pass (10 trips) – EUR5
University Pass (10 trips) – EUR10
Children up to 4 years of age travel free on the bus.
This guide to bus travel in Almeria [http://www.spanish-airport-guide.com/almeria-airport.html] was written by Linda Craik who is the main editor for the Spanish Airport Guide which is a comprehensive guide to all Airports in Spain.