The Alsina Graells bus leaves/arrives from the bus station a few km away from the city (take buses 3 or 33 from the Gran Via). It leaves 10 times a day and costs 11.40 euros. Direct routes are 2 ½ hours, but some are indirect (Ruta) and take longer.
There are buses that can whisk you inexpensively up and down from the Alhambra. The little minibuses (as shown in the photo) are ideally suited for getting up and down the steep climb and descent of the hill. The fare is a very reasonable 1.2 Euros each way for adults as of May, 2012. The problem is that the buses are nearly always full during the day from spring to fall.
To make your likelihood of easily getting up and down to the Alhambra by bus consider this. From downtown there are basically four bus routes ( Line 30, 31, 34 and 35) that will get you to the Alhambra; two leaving from Gran Via and two from Plaza Nueva. To improve your chances of getting a seat go to Gran Via 1 which is the first stop where the bus loads to go up the hill. The bus will be numbered 30 or 34 and will say "Alhambra." Don't walk up the street just because there appear to be fewer people waiting. When we were there the first bus in the morning up to the Alhambra left just after 7 a.m. Last bus in the evening is around 10 p.m. Check the schedule to make sure.
Another option is to take it from the first stop at Plaza Nueva near the statue. The bus will be numbered bus 31 or 35.
For those wanting to take the walk up from Gran Via or Plaza Nueva it is a bit of a steep climb. It will take you, depending on your fitness level from fifteen to thirty minutes. Why waste the energy when the bus ride is just a mere 1.2 euros.
Bus 19 from Malaga airport to malaga bus station 1euro. Turn right out of arrivals hall.
Friendly information kiosk in airport where you can get maps.
Tickets to Granada from inside the bus station to the left.
We got a "Bono"discount ticket for 10. 68euros. Normal price 8.29 each.
Tickets have a seat number(place)on them.
We caused a bit of chaos by just piling on and sitting anywhere.
Coach was full so I'd advise booking in advance or as soon as you get to the bus station.Once in Granada go up esclator to local bus stops, 3 or 33 takes you to the cathedral or next stop Acera de Darro, 0.95euro
From Seville on to Granada to continue my visit in Spain I used a long distance bus. For both trips I left from the Prado de San Sebastian Bus Station on c/Manuel Vazquez Sagastizabal.
The platforms are outdoors but there are waiting rooms that are indoors too, one at each end of the platform.
I used ALSA. The buses are on time, clean and easy to use. There was a really nice travel video with scuba divers and lots of beautiful under water scenes for most of the trip.
I had reserved my ticket for Granada online in advance. A user friendly site. No problems making my reservations. You can sign up as a user, but it is not necessary to reserve a ticket.
There was no need to stop at the ticket window. The driver accepted the printout without questions. Seats numbers are reserved. You choose your seat when you make the reservation.
To Granada I paid Euro 21.32
Getting to granada from malaga airport is with the ALSA bus from malaga busstation.I recommend to buy your return ticket because sometimes the bus is full and you have to wait 1 more hour and miss the flight what nearly happend to me.
Tickets for the airport bus cost 3 Euro one way and are purchased from the driver. It's easy to find the bus on arrival at Granada airport. Departures from outside the terminal building are timed to coincide with flight arrivals.
Stops in the city include (in this order): the Bus Station, Jardines del Triunfo, Cathedral (this is the stop you need if you are staying in the Albaicin area), Acera del Darro (outside Hotel Dauro) and Paseo del Violon.
Buses to the airport currently generally leave from the terminus in Paseo del Violon at 45 minutes after the hour (8.30 a.m. is an exception). The timetable is posted on the wall of the tourist office in Pl S. Ana. According to the timetable, journeys take 40 minutes from the terminus to the airport, but the English translation says 45 minutes (my journey took 50). Ifyou pick up a map of Granada at the tourist office the airport bus stops are clearly marked.
Granada airport is nice and small. and situated about 12 kms west of the city.
Leave the terminal from the exit to the right and there is an area where you wait for you transport whether it be Bus, Hire car or personal pick up.
There is a bus shelter right there and the airport bus that takes you into town. The bus waits for the flight if it is late!
When traveling alone with the Little Rock Chic, the driver was very helpful, helping us with our luggage and telling us where to get off etc
I have found Spanish public transport is very reasonably priced, reliable and most buses have air conditioning.
Price from airport to city center bust station - 2.50 euros (2007)
Route: Airport, la Caleta, all bustops on the Gran Vía, Fuente de las Batallas (in front of the department store El Corte inglés), Palacio de Congresos
Telephone: 958 27 86 77
From Granada centre7:55, 9:10, 12:55 (no service at the weekend),
14:00 y 18:15
From the airport
9:05, 10:00, 14:00 (no service at the weekend),
15:05 y 19:35
For buses to other destinations - Alsina Graells Sur (Link below in English)
Tel 958 18 50 10
Alsina Graells is the biggest company and goes to most destinations in Andalucía
The Alsina Graells bus to Madrid is one of the best value routes I've found. It has one stop at a cafe in a small town in the middle of nowhere. I can recommend the coffee and croissant!
The bus to Malaga (which is maybe worth a day trip for the friendly atmosphere, old town and Roman ruins and beach) is also one of the best deals. I used to go to Malaga for the airport but of course Granada has a fully functioning commercial airport now!
Ride the Alhambra Bus; it will save a long walk up a very steep Sabika Hill, the hill on which the Alhambra sits. It's a cute mini-van styled bus. With the odd fare of 95 euro cents, the driver carries cash.
I found that one of the best ways to get around Granada is by taking the bus. I highly recommend that if you are going to spend a couple of days here to buy a multi pass ticket. I believe it was about 10 Euros, when I was there 2 years ago. It is a very cost effective way to get around the city.
The bus terminal is 3km northwest of the city centre. I arrived here from Sevilla from EUR15 and I took bus to Madrid from here fro EUR 20. Check out your outward bound bus schedule before leaving the bus station for the city.
For here, you need to take local bus to the city centre.
Granada is small and compact, so you can walk just about anywhere if you´re feeling ambitious... but it can be very hot with searing sun, and the busses are air conditioned.. They run up and down the main streets, cost .90 euros, and there are bus cards which you can buy at tobacco shops.
They stop running here at either 11:00 PM or Midnight.. so after this time you will be walking or taking a taxi unless you have a car.
I found it interesting that there are some larger seats on the busses.. for larger people?