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.
...........oooh, loads of places in Spain.
Spanish long-distance buses are excellent value, with frequent services on many routes, an extensive network and very reasonable fares.
I took the bus from Malaga to Granada, and then from Granada back to Malaga airport. Both buses were very comfortable, and the ride was direct and efficient, but the 'Supra Economy' bus to the airport was really rather special. As well as the bus being a very new and swish vehicle, with seatback entertainment centres, I was given a free pack with water, peanuts, biscuits and earphones. I was very impressed, given that the journey only took just over 2 hours and cost me less than 12 euro!
Buses have comfortable upholstered seats (mock-leather in the Supra Economy) and large luggage holds, so everything is very easy. Bus stations have electronic departure boards so you can very quickly find out which 'platform' (stand) your bus is leaving from,
You can buy tickets in advance online from the Alsa website (it's in English too). That's a good idea if you are set on a specific departure time or are travelling a popular route in the busy season, because buses can and do get full up. Or you can just buy tickets at bus stations (machines and ticket offices in the ones I used).
Granada's bus station is quite some way from the city centre so you'll need to take a bus (or taxi) onwards.
Granada bus station is large, efficiently organised, safe (in my opinion, though I wasn't there late at night) but it is quite some distance from the city centre (and even further from the Alhambra).
There's a cafe, a fair amount of seating, a newsagent/souvenir shop, a visitor information booth and a travelator (flat escalator) to get you and your bags from the level where buses arrive to the main entrance. That level is where you'll find ordinary buses and taxis.
Ticket machines are located on the main entrance level but pretty much everything else (including clean though well-worn toilets and luggage storage lockers) is on the lower floor.
On both occasions I used the bus station I noticed there were a lot of police hanging around. They didn't seem to do much, other than chat to each other but they were a (reassuring?) presence.
Departures and arrivals are displayed on a huge electronic board over the main waiting area, and there are smaller info screens outside near the bus 'platforms'. It's very easy indeed to know which 'platform' your bus leaves from and to get yourself and bags there in plenty of time for its arrival.
Spanish buses really are very easy to use, and Spanish bus stations (from my so far fairly limited experience) also seem very easy to navigate.
I do like the way one can pay the driver on ordinary Spanish buses...it makes life so much easier than having to find a newsagent/whatever where one can buy tickets!
So....you've arrived at Granada bus station and you don't want to take a taxi onwards (there are plenty of taxis waiting outside the bus station entrance)? OK, that's easy enough.
Granada has a pretty extensive bus network. Chances are that your accommodation will lie along or near the route of the two buses which go from the bus station right to the heart of the city, along Gran Via de Colon past the Cathedral and onwards.
Both bus 3 and bus 33 run frequently, with one-way tickets costing (I think...can't recall exactly) around 1.30 euro. They are the type of buses which have few seats and lots of standing room, so there's plenty of space for your bags unless you happen to board at busy commuter times.
The Granada bus website is given below, and it's possible to find and print out timetables and stop information for each route on that site. Alternatively, there's a sign showing route info (stops etc) and times just outside the main bus station entrance and at every bus stop I saw in Granada. Also...usefully....bus shelters and bus stops have fairly large signs giving their names.
I needed to get off at Catedral...and that's where you'll need to get off to change buses if you want to visit the Alhambra. The journey (on the 3) took around 25 minutes in early-afternoon traffic. The journey back, on the 33, took a bit longer...possibly because both buses take a different route on the return journey, although not until after they have passed through the city centre.
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
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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?
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.