Walking in Granada is by far the easiest way to see the
city. With the exception of the number of hills, Granada
is a very walkable city with the main sights and monuments
fairly close together. The difficulties of the hills presents
itself when visiting the Alhambra, Albaycin and Sacramonte.
Note that once you arrive at the Alhambra the walking inside
the complex is on mostly flat land. However, there are plenty of stairs to climb as you make your way through the site and the gardens (Generalife). The Albaycin can be a challenge if you have difficulty with hills, but taking your time to stop and enjoy the sights and plazas along the way helps. Both the Alhambra and the Albaycin are accessible by mini-bus if you prefer to ride up and then walk down.
Biking in Granada gives you a way to see some of the outlying neighborhoods and sights in the city. With more hills to climb than nearby cities Seville and Cordoba, biking to some locations can mean a lot more physical exertion. One company which rents a city tour type of bicycle is Ecoway Bike Rental.
Ecoway Bike Rental
Address: Plaza Cuchilleros, 6
Tel: 672 228 890 or 958 050 691
If you want to get places quicker, avoid the hassles of
parking and don't mind spending a little money then a scooter,
or moto, may be a solution for you. You get great
gas mileage as well! If you are familiar
with riding a moto and have spent some time in a European
city using one then I suppose Granada is not that difficult.
Do be aware that there is a helmet law in effect and the
police will fine you for not using one. You will also need
insurance for a moto, although for a ciclomotor you don't need a driver's license (it all has to do with
the cylinders the moto has), which makes it a popular choice
for those who don't want to pay for classes and go through
the hassle of getting a license.
The drivers or riders of motos in most of Spain are famous for
their "flexible" attitude regarding the laws of
the road. Red lights don't always mean stop: you will often see people on motos sneaking
through them. There is also a tendency to weave through
traffic, either to make one's way to the front of the line
at a light or simply moving through traffic which is going
slow. In witnessing these habits I wonder why there are
not more serious accidents on motos. You are of course not
obligated to perform any of these acts but you will certainly
For renting in Granada you can try Jmoto which is not far from the train station.
Address: Calle Nécora, Local 11-13
Tel: 958 804 549
Red painted city buses are the predominant public transportation.
A series of micro-buses provides transport to the Alhambra, parts of the albaicin and Sacromonte.
Where the city bus can be the most useful four tourists is to take you
to the Alhambra or to the top of the Albaycin. Once you
arrive at the top of either sight you can enjoy a walk down
so you don't miss the streets and surrounding areas. Lines which connect to the regional bus system and the train station are also helpful if you don't have a lot of luggage.
Information about bus lines at:
Tel: 958 813 750
-One-way-ticket: 1,10 Euro
-One-way-ticket (night - Bus Buho): 1,20 Euro
-Voucher with 7 trips:5 Euro
-Voucher with 16 trips: 10 Euros
-Voucher with 35 trips: 20 Euros
-Monthly pass: 35 Euros
If not during peak-hours during the main fiestas, you can get a taxi very fast.
Wait until you see a taxi with a green light on and wave your hand.
The price is around 5-7 Euros to get across the city center. If you need a taxi in advance you can call the below numbers. And if you plan to call then I recommend a good level of Spanish. Keep in mind that the taxi meter begins to run from the time the taxi departs to pick you up, so calling in advance may result in a fare of 1 - 2 Euros higher than hailing a taxi in the street. But if you are leaving for the ariport or train station very early in the morning, there is peace of mind in having a taxi waiting for you.
A few more helpful hints for taxis:
- Luggage: extra charges will be added for luggage handling (by piece),
holidays, Sundays and late night rides.
- Number of people:
4 people is generally the maximum allowed in a taxi.
Taxi drivers prefer smaller bills to larger one (i.e.:
avoid using a 50 or 100€ bill)
Drivers to not expect tips, but rounding off the change
Tel: 958 15 14 61
far from Granada are the various cities and towns you may
want to visit? The distances below are approximate andto
some of the most popular destinations:
to the station from the center /Getting
to the center from the station Taking a train (or arriving by train) is my preferred method when
visiting Granada. Granada's train station is located on
Avenida Andaluces, which is a short street off of the main
Avenida de la Consitución. When compared to the bus
station the train station is a little more central, located
perhaps a 15 minute walk from the Cathedral and main sights.
You can take a taxi for about 5-6 Euros to get you to the
station or your destination provided you are in the center. The train station is smaller compared to those of nearby cities Malaga, Seville and Cordoba. There are a small amount of luggage lockers located at the end of the ramp (outside) near the bathrooms.
can purchase tickets at the station or online at the RENFE
reservation page. Many travel agents will book tickets
for the train as well, especially when booking them with
a flight or other travel services. You can check exact prices
and schedules of any train to and from any city at the RENFE
schedule page. There are direct trains to Seville, Antequera, Almeria, Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona. I highly recommend that you check the
schedule so please don't rely on this page for exact fares or times. Some
notes on the table below:
- Prices: are approximate and rounded up to the nearest Euro as
they fluctuate over time. For example, some departure
times to cities are a few Euros cheaper or more expensive.
Price changes occur frequently but are generally small.
You should use this as a guide for price estimates. Note
that round trip prices are discounted from the one-way
are likely to change, be suspended or specially offered for holidays, weekends
and other months. Schedules change and there are additional
trips to some destinations on certain days of the week.
You should use this as a guide to frequency of trips.
this list covers direct connections but does not include
transfer options. You can get from Granada to just about
any other city provided you are willing to change trains.
You can get to some of the high speed options by going to Cordoba or Seville. Buses in many cases may be the most direct route to your
destinations and are generally the better option when
going to small towns.
time of trip
( € )
15:03, 18:54, 21:06
11:33, 16:32, 20:24
- 65 €
Getting to and
from the bus station:
A little lsess central than the train station, you will find the bus
station on Carretera de Jaen, a few kilometers outside of the historic center. Walking to the center and major monuments
will take approximately 15 - 20 minutes, or you can catch
a taxi for about 5 - 8 Euros depending on your destination. As with most cities, bus travel is often the only option to reach many of the smaller surrounding towns. For instance you can catch the bus to the Sierra Nevadas ski resort from the station. As well, there are more frequent buses compared to trains when going to nearby cities. Some destinations with multiple departure times per day include: Seville, Malaga, Cordoba, Almeria, Almuñecar, Baeza, Cazorla, Jaen, and Nerja.
The Granada Airport is located 12 kilometres from the center city.
There are few scheduled international flights, and finding domestic flights with direct connections to the city can also be difficult as well as more expensive than larger airports. More selection and more economical flights can be found by arriving to Seville or Málaga, and then taking the bus or train to Granada.
Tel: 958 245 200
Iberia General Information
Tel: 902 400 500
Leaves approximately every hour from the airport with seven stops in the city. Hours are generally from 06:30 - 22:30, with less buses on Sunday. A one way tickets is 3 Euros. Stops include: Paseo del Violón - Acera del Darro - Gran Via - Triunfo - Avda Constitucion - Bus Station - Avda. Andalucia. Moe information can be found on the web site of Autocares Gonzalez: autocaresjosegonzalez.com
20 minutes to the city center. Price: around 25 Euros (City center) to 30 Euros (Albaicin)
Driving is something I generally recommend you do to either arrive in the city and turn in your car, or rent when you are on your way out of the city. Similar to Seville, although not perhaps as difficult, Granada has plenty of one-way narrow roads and navigating them can be a real pain in the arse. If you plan to stay a few days it is just not worth paying for the car, and then paying to park it while in the city (you will not want, nor need to explore Granada in the car). Watch out for:
- pedestrians crossing at any moment from most any direction
- scooters or motos weaving through traffic and
ignoring traffic signals
- other drivers ignoring the red light in front of them
because it looks pretty clear from where they are...
- taxi and bus only lanes
- narrow one-way streets, blind curves and intersections
- restricted access zones where a pass is required to enter
Parking in the city
If you want to rent a car I do recommend a very small one
- it's easier to park and much easier to navigate through
the streets. Keep in mind there are parking problems if you
are looking for a free space. I should say more about parking
- it really is a pain in the ass in most of the center of Granada, just as it is in Seville.
Parking garages or paid spots are expensive so many locals who already know the best places and tricks will be ahead of you. Remember to never keep anything in your car if you are leaving
it somewhere or anywhere. Rental or out of town tags are like
a neon sign asking for your car to be robbed. I've seen cars
with back seats folded down and the glove box open so the
would-be thieves could see there wasn't anything in them.
So paid parking is expensive but can
also be a nice bit of insurance. Keep in mind that even if you have all risk insurance it often does not include windows or tires, so you will end up paying even if you are well insured. I am working on a parking map, but for now look for the blue "P" signs
on the street to locate public parking - garages or lots. Public garages charge anywhere
from 15 - 24 Euros per day.
Requirements, insurance and know-how
If you want to take a chance and rent a car you'll need to
meet the following requirements:
Finally, be prepared for manual drive (stick-shift) cars.
So you think you're ready to drive? Before getting on the
road here take a look at these
signs and see if you know what to do (or not to do) when
you see them. If you feel like testing your skills on a more
official level try one of the written
tests from the Dirección General de Tráfico.
- U.S. driver's license (valid, of course)
- Be at least 18 years of age but in some cases at least
- Be a tourist or have a residence permit of 6 months
The other way is to have an international driver's license.
is fairly easy, and if are from the U.S. you can contact AAA to get one for under 20 dollars. Also realize you will be required to pay any
traffic fine or ticket on the spot if you are not a resident
of Spain. Insurance is generally purchased when you rent the
car and some policies in the U.S. may cover you while abroad.
Some platinum credit cards also will offer coverage when you
rent a car, but check to see what your benefits are first and whether or not they apply to rentals outside of your home country.
Many rental agencies require a deposit that will be charged
or authorized on your card, and then refunded upon return
if the car is in good condition. There is risk involved in
this if you have a scratch or accident and you should check
the amount you will be responsible for. All agencies allow
you to buy your way out of that deposit, and in my experience
it is a good investment, if for nothing else than peace of
mind. For deposits note that some agencies mentioning "a
charge to your card" but often they will only be authorized,
meaning they will check to see if you have sufficient credit
to pay the damage deposit and then have the right to charge
your card should you return the car damaged. To avoid paying
for preexisting damages, always check the car to make sure
any dents, scratches or other problems are noted before you
leave the lot. I have had very lazy people who didn't even look over the car when we returned it, and I have had someone spend almost 15 minutes examining it. So you never know!
Who to rent from?
recommend using Carjet.com in almost all cases versus the big national or international
chains. If you want cheap it's either these guys or look for
something local. Why? First, they have the advantage of being
a broker and thus can shop around for the best rates. Second,
international chains like Hertz, Avis, etc tend to charge
much more for rentals in Spain or Europe for that matter.
Third, even though Carjet contracts through National Atesa
and other larger providers, these same companies do not offer
a better rate than Carjet. Weird, but true. Sample price for
the budget minded - 140€ for a compact rental for 6
days! That was a special recently offered on the site and
National Atesa had the same car for 195€. The only problem
may be for very young drivers as Carjet does require that
you be at least 21 years old to drive. Why else do I like
I swear Carjet is not paying me anything
- it's just you have to like a place that tells it like it
- unlimited mileage on all car rentals
- A lot of drop off and pick points, mainly in airports
and train stations throughout Spain.
- In many cases there is no extra fee for one-way rentals if you rent for at
least 3 days. So you can take the car from one city to another to drop it off. More recently they have been limiting this feature, so check first.
- Covers travel in all of Spain and Portugal
- Up to three additional drivers insured at no charge.
That's much better than some agencies which can charge
7-9€ per day.
- Their philosophy - no hidden charges or limits. You
can easily get a quote online and the email comes back
with literally everything you need to know about costs,
- It's all in English! This can be nice versus reading
the fine print in Spanish if you don't speak that much.