The Adventure Begins: Get to Granada by Plane, Train or Bus

It’s time to start your Andalusian adventure!

Granada’s location within the region makes it a perfect home base for exploring southern Spain. But first, you have to figure out how to get there! Getting to Granada is fairly simple, whether by air, rail or bus. Read on to figure out which option works best for you, and make arriving in Granada a breeze!

Arriving in Granada is a piece of cake—whether by air, rail, or bus! Use our guide to pick the option that is most convenient for you.

How to get to Granada by plane

Don’t let the small size of Granada’s airport fool you! If anything, it’ll make your trip easier. No need to worry about lost luggage or rushing to find the right boarding gate (considering there are only two!)

Incoming flights from several major European and Spanish cities touch down in Granada every day. If you’re visiting from Barcelona, Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, Milan, Manchester or London, you’re in luck! Simply catch a direct flight, and getting to Granada will be a breeze.

Not traveling from one of those cities? No worries! Try a layover in one of the above for a seamless connection to Granada.

Arriving in Granada by air is easy! Look for the Alhambra as you descend into the city.
If you’re lucky, you may even see the stunning Alhambra and Albayzín upon your descent! Photo credit: Adán Sánchez de Pedro

How to get to Granada by train

Unfortunately, arriving in Granada directly by train is not possible. As of 2017, the city’s rail network has been under construction for two years. Maintenance is expected to continue until 2019.

However, arriving in Granada (mostly) by train is still possible! Simply buy your train ticket like normal. During the journey, you’ll make a quick stop in the town of Antequera. Here, staff will help you and your luggage get off the train and onto a bus, where you’ll continue the rest of the way to Granada. Expect the whole process to take about 25 minutes. Once aboard the bus, the last leg of your journey from Antequera to Granada will last about an hour and a half.

When leaving Granada, expect the reverse. You’ll get on a bus and switch to a train in Antequera.

Arriving in Granada by "train" isn't exactly possible, but there's a well-run system in place to make up for the lack of train service directly to the city.
The views from a train trip through Andalusia are unbeatable! Photo credit: André Marques

How to get to Granada by bus

Granada’s bus station is located in a suburban area of the city, but it’s still easy to get around from there! Buses head to Granada from most major Spanish cities, and tickets start at around €12.

After arriving in Granada, get on the (new!) metro at the stop Estación de Autobuses and head into town. Caleta and Recogidas are two of the most convenient stops in the city center. The trip lasts about 15 minutes.

Alternatively, you can take a city bus to get where you need to be. The SN1 line stops directly in front of the bus station. Pay your fare (€1.20) directly to the driver and get off at the Catedral stop right on bustling Gran Vía, conveniently located in the city center.

Arriving in Granada by bus is simple and easy. From there, take the metro or a city bus to the center and get off at the Catedral stop.
Get off the bus right at the cathedral and let your trip begin!

Insider’s Tip: Want to travel more comfortably? Take one of the Supra or Premium bus lines. Although these trips a bit more expensive and have limited schedules, you’ll notice the difference in comfort!

Once you’re settled in, experience Granda’s incredible gastronomy like a local! Join us on a food tour and start eating your way around this fantastic city like a local! Aside from food, you’ll also get your fill of culture, history and granadino hospitality. See you soon!

Life is too short to speak one language and stay in one place. In 2015, this philosophy took her from familiar Ohio to sunny southern Spain. Usually drinking tinto de verano, reading Lorca, or attempting to dance flamenco (not all at once). Follow her blog, Viatic Couture, for more.

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