Getting Around Granada
The best way to get around Granada is by foot. Granada is pretty small, measuring only 33 square miles (in comparison, Madrid spans 233 square miles). And its location in the middle of the Sierra Nevada Mountains means the city primarily lives on hills, offering few sizeable roadways for cars to easily navigate. Buses are an option should you get tired of traversing the steeper hills. Taxis are also abundant, and you're likely to see them cruising around popular attractions, main thoroughfares and busy squares around the city. The best way to get from Granada's airport, the Federico Garcia Lorca Granada-Jaen Airport (GRX), to the city center (about 11 miles east) is by taxi, which costs about 25 euros ($27) one way. If you're looking for a cheaper option, you can take the Autocares Jose Gonzalez bus that picks up at the airport and goes to various destinations throughout the city. Single journey tickets cost 3 euros ($3.35), however, availability depends on the day's flight schedules.
Not only is walking the best way to get around Granada, it's the best way to experience the city. Aside from the world-famous Alhambra, Granada's top attraction is really its charm. Unlike other top European destinations, which typically feature an old town and a more modern area for business affairs, Granada is completely classic. Case in point, you're more likely to come in contact with cobblestone streets and tile-clad squares than paved roads. And instead of 21st-century high rises, expect European buildings adorned with colorful facades and ornate wrought iron details. If you choose to get around Granada by car or bus, you may miss out on the city completely.
|Though walking is strongly recommended for a portion of your stay, you may need to hop on a bus after a couple hours of exploration. Granada's position in the middle of a mountain range makes for a hilly city, yielding some steep inclines throughout. Luckily, Granada has small, compact buses that are able to navigate through its many narrow, winding roads. There are multiple types of buses and lines available, but the most useful for tourists are the "C," or Centro, buses. The C line buses go to the city center, the Albaicín neighborhood, the Alhambra and other popular points of interest. Buses usually run between 6:45 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on the weekends (Fridays and Saturdays); some night buses are available from 5 p.m. to midnight. Single trip tickets for all buses cost 1.20 euros ($1.34) for daytime rides and 1.30 euros ($1.45) for nighttime service.|
Renting a car is not recommended. The city is primarily composed of very narrow, compact roads that go up and down its hills. The few spacious, flat roads (those that can accommodate two lanes) are regularly riddled with traffic. However, if you want to get to the nearby Sierra Nevada Mountains, a car is an ideal means of transportation. You can find car rentals at the Granada airport and train station.
|Taxis are abundant in Granada and you can find them at the airport, the train station, populous plazas and other main points of interest in the city. Cars are all white and marked with a diagonal green stripe across each side of the vehicle. There are multiple taxi companies in Granada, some of which offer 24-hour service. Fares start at about 1.40 euros ($1.56); each additional kilometer traveled costs 0.75 euros ($0.84). However, fares differ during the nighttime, weekends and holidays. The starting fare for those times are 1.76 euros ($1.97) and 0.94 euros ($1.05) for each additional kilometer traveled.|
Entry & Exit Requirements
U.S. citizens will need a valid passport to travel to, from and within Spain. Your passport must be valid for six months beyond your stay; you won't need a visa unless your trip extends beyond 90 days. For up-to-date information about foreign exit and entry requirements, visit the U.S. State Department's website.
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