We rented a car from Jurecar rental company direct from our Hotel (Suite Princess Playa Taurito).
No hassle what so ever.
Prices worked out with Fully Comp insurance for a Renault Clio with Air con: €40:00 per day or €96:00 for the week-end (fri,Sat,Sunday)
Although there are busservice in the busy tourist area and the city of Las Palmas, the bus is not convienient if you want to go inland.
Better to hire a car. There are loads of carhire companies. But be aware, the rates they advertise do not always cover all insurance.
We rented with Duna Car. They offer rates all inclussive, the only thing you have to pay extra are petrol and if you get a ticket for speeding or something....
And if you want to see the island, not only the beaches rent it for at least three days !!
You can check bus lines and schedules from the website linked below. These are public interurban buses. You can pay cash (no large bank notes, though) or buy a pass of some sort.
The company is the result of a merger pf two companies: Salcai (green buses and signs, used to do the southern areas) and Utinsa (blue and orange buses, used to do the northern area lines). Their present color is a shade of teal but you can sometimes still see the older versions.
from the airport you have the bus66 to faro masplonas 20 minutes past the hour and from there you have a lot of other busses to puerto rico and puerto mogan.
there are also a lot of busses at least 3 a hour going to puerto rico and puerto mogan,5 minutes walk at the big road outside the airport.(autovia)
bus 01 to puerto mogan(stops in puerto rico)
bus91 to puerto rico
The public buses we found were excellent are very good value for money,it can be a bit nerve racking if you don't like heights,an example was from Amadores to Puerto De Mogan was a few euros the same with Puerto Rico.
They were clean pleasant and the drivers understood English and were very helpful.
If you are not one for buses ,then i suggest you try it at least once they are very good value and well run.
If you really want to see the island as opposed to just lying on the beach, then a car is really essential. The real charm of the island for us was the contrast in scenery between the different parts: the sandy beaches at Maspalomas,the volcanic peaks in the middle with the sea peeping out at each bend of the road, the clouds hanging over the peaks and the sheer cliffs dropping into the Atlantic. To see all this you really need to hire a car and take it slow,as I said ,the roads are a little hairy at times..but worth it as you can see such a variety in a relatively short time.We would have liked to see another island but did not really have time. It takes around 2 hours by ferry boat to get over to Tenerife,and the drive from Puerto de MOgan up to Agaete where the ferry leaves from took us about 2.5 hours, so not really doable.
we hired our car from the people below who were fine.they are called Viajes las Islas Canarias.There was someone waiting for us when we arrived exhausted at 3am and we immediately drove the car off to our hotel in Mogan. Dropoff was also easy at midnight,just chuck the key into the key box at the airport.
The Green Taxis are a good quick way of getting from A to B,for example from Amadores to Puerto Rico was approx €4 they are clean and most are air conditioned too.
We did use use the Taxis a lot at night ,after a longs day exploring the thought of the Hill was enough to get a Taxi back.
Most are Mercedes and there are plenty of them,they do have meters in them but if your not sure just ask.
If you are staying at a Hotel just ask reception to call you one ,we found most nights they would arrive within 5mins and the Hotel tell what number your taxi is,so there's no confusion.
Travel by ferry to Puerto Rico and Arguineguin and Mogan with Bluebird or Lineas Salmon - it's a great way to see the cliffs and some of the smaller, inaccessible bays. On Friday mornings the incoming ferries are packed with visitors to the market at Mogan and in the afternoon there a long queues waiting for the outbound one, so unless you love crowds, plan your voyage accordingly!
Return trip from Puerto Rico to Mogan is €10
Every hour from morning to sunset a glass bottomed ferry boat runs from the village of Puerto Rico to the even prettier village of Mogan.
We stayed upstairs on the open deck, even though it was chilly that evening, as we wanted to see the coastline. Such beautiful views.
Downstairs, in the glass bottomed area, you can get beers and other drinks as you watch the world go by.
Once a day the boat takes a detour out to the whale and dolphin watching area. The trip is the same price!!!!. We paid €6 each for the standard one way trip. It's €10 round trip. A taxi one way cost us just over €12. The boat Leaves Puerto Rico to travel to Mogan every hour on the hour from 10am to 5pm. It returns from Mogan to Puerto Rico at 45 mins to the hour from 10.45 to 17.45.
You pick up the ferry at the marina in Puerto Rico - it's clearly marked "Salmon Line Glass Bottom Boats."
In Mogan the pick up point is at the entrance to the port by the building which is white and, marked in green, "Puerto de Mogan."
An old network of ancient paths is present on Gran Canaria. After the Spanish occupied the island, these paths were protected by small walls and paved with rocks.
They got the name "Camino Real" or "King´s Road" because this restoration was directly paid by the Crown.
With the rise of the "turismo rural" these Camino Reals are restored once again and are excellent paths for hiking around the island.
Gran Canaria is not so big, it's actually just 200 km around. There is one big highway that goes all the way from Puerto Rico in the south to Las Palmas in the north, and the other mainroads are also quite good so it's very easy to find your way around.
If you happen to get lost, just stop and ask someone. People here are very friendly and helpful, but many don't speak much english. If you don't speak spanish, just show them your map and they will point you in the right direction.
You can also take the bus, but the best is to hire a car. In one day you can see much of the island, but if you want to see many places and don't just stress around it's better to hire a car for two days or more. Then you can combine the sightseeing with swimming and relaxing at beaches where you can be almost alone.
The cabs are reallycheap and as some of playa del inglis is at the bottom of a hill it makes sense to jump in one to go back to the hotel. one driver we had was a nightmare he was singing and kept hitting me on the arm to look at him (it was all in spanish so had no clue) which made him swerve across the road a few times but the others i had were fine . average fare is about 2 Euros ,eg: the seafron to a hotel at the back of town was 1.90
I only went on one trip from Playa del inglis to Port De Morgan , we cought the 39 bus from outside the Gran Canaria Princess Hotel and it took us all along the coastal road through maspolomas and Porto Rico , it took an hour and it was 3 euros and 40c they do not do returns which is good as i got the number 32 bus back and it only took half an hour and went through the tunnels through the mountains. There is no air conditioning on these buses plus they pack as many people on as possible ,you could end up standing forthe whole hour.
spanair serves gran canaria with several flights a day and is a good reliable airline with more legspace than on most flights.
prices are good and service is friendly.
it's possibly the best short haul airline i have flown in europe.
Travel between the Canary Islands can be done by ferry. We have not done this because we only stayed one week on Gran Canaria, and we needed all that time to see the island.
But if you want to:
The ferry to Tenerife leaves from Puerto de las Nieves (near Agaete and sometimes called Puerto de Agaete), 8 times a day and in the weekends 6 times a day.
The ferry is operated by Fred Olson.
Another possibility is to travel by ferry from Las Palmas.