Granada hitchhiking and transport tips

Sierra Nevada mountain range, taken from St. Nicolas Viewpoint in El Albayzín District - Granada, Spain (164)

Granada hitchhiking and transport tips

Transport

Granada airport is located 15 km west of the city and offers mainly domestic flights, especially to Madrid and Barcelona. However there are a few seasonal international flights to Rome and Paris.

Granada‘s  train station Estación de Granada, (Av de Andaluces) is located 30 mins walk north of the city centre, but by taking the number 3 or 33 bus, the centre can be reached very quickly. Services are provided by RENFE and links with Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla daily. There are also local trains which service the many villages around Granada, such as Loja, Guadix, Iznalloz and Moreda but the route is not so well developed and it is probably better to take a bus to these destinations.

View over Realejo District, taken from St. Nicolas Viewpoint - Granada, Spain (159), Granada hitchhiking and transport tips

The bus station, Estación de Autobuses de Granada (Avenida Juan Pablo II) can be found on the outskirts of the city, 3km from the centre, with the number 3 or 33 bus providing connections to the city proper. There are a number of operators with the most important being ALSA, who offer services to cities such as Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid, Malaga, Seville and many others.

The local bus system is run by Transportes Rober which offers a number of lines that run all across the city, including 5 lines that focus on all the main tourist attractions. Single tickets cost €1.20 , with multi-trip card options also available (€5 for 7 trips, €10 for 16, and €20 for 33 trips). Check out this useful map with all the stops and lines clearly marked.

Granada lies on the A-44: Autovía de Sierra Nevada which runs to Jaén and Madrid in the north and Motril in the south. The A-92, which connects to Sevilla to the west and Almería in the east, also passes close to Granada. The national road N-432 leads north-west from Granada through Cordoba and onto to Badajoz near the Portuguese border. 

Hitch-hiking Out

Sierra Nevada mountain range, taken from St. Nicolas Viewpoint in El Albayzín District - Granada, Spain (164), Granada hitchhiking and transport tips

North-east towards Córdoba

tested by HitchHikersHandbookTake the number 9 bus from anywhere along Gran Vía, heading west, to the stop Avda. Andalucía 6, the very last stop before the bus circles the roundabout under the A-44 motorway. From there walk under the motorway (be careful, its a bit dangerous) continuing for about 700 m until you find a REPSOL garage. We had to wait about an hour but remember this is Spain and nothing happens fast!

 South towards Motril

Take the number 6 bus from anywhere along Gran Vía, heading east, to the very last stop Neptuno and cross under the motorway. Although it isn’t a great spot you can try on the motorway slip road or perhaps more advisably the nearby petrol station.

North towards Madrid, Jaen

For this Granada hitchhiking experience. Take the number 10 bus from Camino de Ronda, just south of the city centre, heading west. Leave the bus at the stop Juan Pablo II 5, anywhere along this route before the motorway slip road is worth a try.

West towards Sevilla, Málaga: East towards Murcia

Although a little out of the city, by all accounts this seems by far the easiest way of reaching these tricky to reach destinations. Take one of the following buses, 122, 123 or 117, from Calle Rector Marín Ocete near the Train station to Albolote. After arriving in Albolote make your way through the down along Calle Real towards the A-92 Autovía de Andalucía. There are conveniently placed service stations on both sides of the motorway here. If you want to go west simply head under the bridge and turn left.

written by: Jon

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