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Granada How To Get Here And How To Get Around, Spain

Getting there

By plane. The “Federico Garcia Lorca” airport is 15 km from downtown Granada, with connections by the Spanish national carrier ‘Iberia’ and some of the best known low-cost companies. From the airport you can reach Granada by car going on A92; or by bus, taking the airport company’s direct line to Gran Vía de Colón, then Plaza Isabel La Católica, at the heart of town. The service is available from 7:50 to 19:25 and costs €3. If you prefer taking a taxi, you will spend about €20.

By train. Andalusia is well served by RENFE (Red National de Ferrocarrilles de España), the national train service; to arrive in Granada, take line LR16 from Madrid (6 hours) or the T17 that connects Barcelona with the city going through Valencia (12 hours). Granada’s train station is on Avenida de Andaluces, 1.5 km from downtown; connections with the center is insured by bus lines 3 and 11.

By car. Granada is on the Southern portion of the Iberian Peninsula. If you come from Barcelona, go on highway A7 until you reach Lorca, then go on road N342 and take the A9 to Granada after about 200 km. If you come from Madrid, go along the A4 Autovía del Sur and, after 290 km, enter the A44 Autovía de Sierra Nevada: you will be in Granada in an hour and a half.

By pullman. Granada is a hub for daily Pullman transportation services to/from Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia; the Pullman station is on Carrettera de Jaén - 3 km from downtown - from which different bus lines go directly to the center.


Getting around

On foot. We recommend going on foot in Granada. Walk the city and discover the Alhambra and Albaicín, passing through the neighborhoods of the ‘new city’, admiring palaces and monuments, letting yourself be charmed by the suggestive gardens of Generalife; or you can use the bus and enjoy different sceneries.   

Buses. Efficient and truly comfortable, the service goes from 6:30 to 23:00. The units are recognizable due to their red color; numerous tourist routes are served by line 32 (Granada old-Alhambra), 31 (Albaicín) and 30 (Plaza Nueva-Alhambra). Line 3 goes to the great shopping center of Gran Vía and Plaza Isabel la Católica. The cost of a single-route ticket is €1; if you want to make more than one trip, we suggest you purchase a pass for only €5.45

Taxi. Moving within the city’s perimeter by taxi is comfortable but can be expensive; a green light on the roof of the unit indicates the taxi is free. The taxi stop is in Plaza Nueva, close to the Palacio de Justicia.

Car. We do not advise going downtown by car, since in fact many historical districts are closed to private vehicles; the administration strictly protects the environment as well as the city’s historical and monumental patrimony. It is better to leave the car in a public parking lot and continue on foot, or rent one to visit Granada’s surrounding areas, rapidly reaching the coast or the Sierra Nevada; car rentals are decidedly convenient.


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Main distances in kilometers:

Madrid          425
Valencia        360
Barcelona      880
Paris           1700
London       2150
Rome         2240
Prague       2600
Berlin         2750

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