Granada, located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada, is greatly appreciated for its monuments, among which the beautiful Alhambra stands out, but it is also sought after for the festive atmosphere of summer evenings and for the characteristic places where you dance to the engaging notes of flamenco and the gypsy zambra.
Granada is a gem that hides so much beauty in its alleys, for this reason the best way to visit it is on foot savoring the slow Spanish rhythms. There are, however, other ways to get around the city, perfect for those who may have little time available to dedicate to them.
Here is a guide on how to get around Granada: info, costs and advice!
- Useful Tips
- How to get from the airport to the center of Granada
- How to get around on foot
- Getting around by bicycle
- Con i mezzi pubblici
- By car
- User questions and comments
The center of Granada is small in size, ideal for getting around on foot or by bicycle.
However, some neighborhoods can be "labyrinthine", especially the historic ones of Sacromonte and Albazyn: for this reason we recommend a guided walking tour as a first approach to identify the landmarks and orient yourself better.
By public transport, the tour with the hop-on hop-off tourist train is nice; at a reasonable price (around € 8,00) touches all the most important points of the city with audio guide. If you travel by public transport, the Credibus, a magnetic card for traveling on public transport at a discounted rate, may be convenient. It is charged with € 5,00, € 10,00 or € 20,00 and at each trip the ticket price is deducted from the remaining credit.
La Granada Card instead it offers interesting discounts in the main places of interest in the city, including the monumental complex of the Alhambra and the Generalife, as well as unlimited travel on public transport. There is a 3 or 5 day version: € 37,00 and € 40,00 respectively. Buy it before leaving on the official website because it could happen, especially in high season, that it is sold out in stores in the city. For children (3-11 years), there is the Kids Granada Card which provides the same services as the adult card at a lower price
- Recommended solutions and means: on foot, e-bike, tourist train, bus
- Solutions and means not recommended: car
- City cards and season tickets recommended: Granada Card (from € 37,00 -), Cradibus (free, rechargeable card)
How to get from the airport to the center of Granada
Granada Airport (GRX), officially named Aeropuerto Federico García Lorca Granada-Jaén, is located 15 km west of the city center, in the area known as Vega del Genil, the plain of the river of the same name. The airport is served mainly by domestic flights, the main destinations are Madrid and Barcelona, but the airport is rapidly expanding towards the international market thanks to low cost airlines.
To reach the city the easiest and cheapest way is with thebus (The first bus to Granada airport leaves every day at 5:20 am, except on Sundays it leaves at 6:25 am). Alternatively you can opt for taxi or private transfer.
Other nearby airports are those of Malaga and Seville.
Federico García Lorca Granada-Jaén Airport
- Distance from the center: 15 km / travel time: 25 min
- By taxi: average cost € 25,00 / travel time: 20 min
- By bus: average cost € 3,00 / Autocares José González line
- Private transfer: private transfer from the airport
Pablo Picasso Airport in Malaga
- Distance from the center: 125 km / travel time: 90 min;
- By taxi: average cost € 140,00 / travel time: 90 min
- By bus: average cost € 13,00 / direct line Malaga-Granada
San Pablo Airport in Seville
- Distance from the center: 255 km / travel time: 2 h 30 min;
- By train: Renfe line / ticket cost: € 40,00
- By taxi: average cost € 240,00 / travel time: 2 h 30 min
- By bus: average cost € 23,00 / Alsa company line
How to get around on foot
Walking around Granada is the easiest and most rewarding way to explore the city and its wonders. However, some neighborhoods can be "labyrinthine", especially the historic ones of Sacromonte and Albazyn: for this reason we recommend a guided walking tour in these neighborhoods as a first approach, to identify the landmarks and orient yourself better.!
Take into account that Granada has numerous hills and ups and downs which can tire you and preclude you from visiting some areas of high tourist interest, including the Alhambra and the Sacromonte district. In this case, it is preferable to use the mini-buses or the hop-on hop-off tourist train available as an alternative to exhausting stairs and climbs, leaving the pleasure of a walk to the limited area of the historic center.
For others itineraries on foot and by public transport, download our Smart Guide for visiting Granada for free.
Getting around by bicycle
If you are a sporty type, you might as well think of rent a bicycle to visit Granada in a totally eco-friendly way. There are numerous bike collection points, paying by the hour (half day € 18,00 or daily € 28,00). One of the most reliable rental companies is Ecoway Bike Rental. However, as mentioned with regard to walking, the geographical conformation made of continuous ups and downs could prove difficult if you are not used to pedaling a lot. The advice is therefore to opt for electric bikes. For a first approach to the roads and cycle paths of Granada, it is better to take a guided tour by Segway or electric bicycles first.
Con i mezzi pubblici
The most popular means of transport to get around Granada is the bus which allows you to reach every corner of the city comfortably and at low prices. Buses (both public and tourist) they are recognizable by their typical red color, which distinguishes them and remain active from 6:30 until late in the evening (both during the week and at the weekend). Between the most popular lines for visitors, the 32 or 30 towards the Alhambra, the 31 from Plaza Nueva to the old Albaicin ghetto and the 3 which runs through the main shopping streets.
Also noteworthy are the Hop on Hop off tourist trains which, with their 14 stops located throughout the city, constitute a more than valid alternative to buses urban.
Buses in Granada are very efficient and certainly the cheapest means of transport that we recommend. The lines are many (28) and well distributed. The vehicles that cover the most touristic areas are marked with the letter C.. They are the so-called "Alhambra Bus", that is, small red and white buses, identified by the letter C followed by a progressive number from 1 to 7. With the Alhambra Bus you can reach the key points of the city: the city center, Plaza Isabel la Católica, the Alhambra, Albaicin or Sacromonte.
La acronym LAC identifies "Línea de Alta Capacidad": a fast bus that crosses the center from Cruz del Sur to Violón. In addition to the daytime lines, active every day from 6:00 to midnight, there are two night lines Circular 111 and 112, the so-called "búhos" (owls). These are night buses, which run after midnight and until 6:00 in the morning
- Downloadable map: bus-granada
- from 6:00 to 00:00. Night service from midnight to 6:00 am
- Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,40. Night service € 1,50
- Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 9-trip booklet € 5,50, 20-trip booklet € 11,00
Traveling by train is also quite pleasant and the prices are, all in all, low.
Hop on Hop off trains, specially designed for tourists, have on board audio guides in 12 different languages and free Wi-Fi. The main line is the Green day route which includes stops in the center, in the old Jewish ghetto, as well as one stop at the Sacromonte and one at the Alhambra (at the end of the circuit).
The ticket is valid from the moment it is used for the first time until the end of the same day, with the possibility to get on and off the train at will. Headphones included in the ticket to listen to the guide's comments, multilingual and individual.
- Downloadable map: official site
- 9:30AM - 19:30PM
- Ticket / single ride cost: € 8,00 daily - buy online
- Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: € 12,00 for two days - buy online
The light rail of Granada has a single Albolote-Armilla line. It would be more correct to call it tram, since only three stops are underground.
The price of a ticket (univiaje) is € 1,35. If you intend to use this medium often, you can also choose between various subscriptions: the Bono Mensual allows you to make unlimited trips for 30 days (€ 40,00); the Bono Plus 45 gives the possibility to make 45 trips in the 30 calendar days following the purchase (€ 35,00); there Tarjeta Tourist includes unlimited travel for a single day at a cost of € 4,50.
- Downloadable map: metro-granada
- from 6:30 to 23:00. Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 to 23:00. On Fridays, Saturdays and the eve of public holidays there is a replacement service from 23:00 to 2:00 in the morning
- Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,35
- Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: daily Tarjeta Turista € 4,50, Bono Mensual € 40,00, Bono Plus € 4535,00
Taxis they circulate every day and at any time. They are white and display the city coat of arms, a green line and the license number on the side. You can stop them directly on the street when the green light is on, or you can take them at their respective stops in the most central streets and squares. There is also a radio taxi service. Be aware that stopping one along the way costs around € 1,00 / 2,00 less than booking it with a call.
Le rates are prominently displayed inside the vehicle and include minimum price, start of travel, mileage and supplements such as night service, holidays, departure from the station or airport.
- 24 hours on 24
- Ticket / single ride cost: from € 5,00
It is very difficult, if not impossible, to get around Granada by car, which remains the best way to discover the surroundings, such as the suggestive Sierra Nevada and the other cities of Andalusia.
The main deterrents are the limited traffic areas, narrow streets and the difficulty in finding parking. If you are on the road to Andalusia, once you arrive in Granada, leave your car in the hotel car park or in one of the ones below, and then go around the city on foot, by bike or by tourist train .
Le areas reserved for private traffic are the following: Gran Vía, Recogidas, Plaza Nueva, Reyes Católicos, Calle Elvira, San Matías, Carrera del Darro, Realejo, Recogidas and the Albaycín and Sacromonte districts. In some areas, such as Plaza Nueva and Realejo, access is limited by movable pillars and surveillance cameras, and is accessible only to residents, taxis and public transport. Don't trust the GPS, check the roads where you cannot drive directly on the official website of the mobility of the city of Granada.
Tourists staying in official accommodation located in restricted areas, acquire the status of residents during their stay and can therefore access the accommodation. Ask the hotel for confirmation if they have an agreement with the Mobility area and ask them to explain what theauthorized route to access.
To request authorization, just connect to the official website.
Stops and parking
The ideal is leave the car in a public parking lot for just over € 1,00 / h, park in areas further away from the center and use a bus to go to the city.
Here are the main car parks in Granada:
- Parking The Alhambra: guarded 24 hours a day, it is located inside the gardens of the Alhambra. 24 places. 500 hour € 1 - 2,70 day € 1 - Get directions
- APK2 Arabial Parking: supervised, a few minutes walk from García Lorca Park, near the shopping center - Get directions
- Paseo del Violón car park: in the center of Granada with space for 784 vehicles, possibly the cheapest in Granada: 1 hour € 1,25 euro - 1 day € 18,00 - Get directions
- Parking Sócrates: in the Albaicín district, 8 min walk from San Jerónimo Monastery, the Cathedral and the Capilla Real de Granada - Get directions
- Parkia La Caleta: on the Avenida de la Constitución in Granada, 5 min from the train station. 900 seats on 3 floors. 1 hour € 1,75 - 1 day € 18,50.
- APK2 Triunfo parking: ideal for visiting the Triunfo Gardens, the Basilica of San Juan de Dios, the Monastery of San Geronimo, and three spectacular panoramic areas such as the Mirador San Nicolas, the Mirador of San Cristobal and the Mirador de la Lona. 1 hour € 2,40 - 1 day € 22,80 - Get directions
- Alsina car park: on Calle Arabial 56, a 15 min walk from the center - Get directions
- APK2 Puerta Real Parking: in the center of Granada, in Plaza del Campillo, it is just 7 minutes walk from the Cathedral. Open 24 hours - Get directions