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Granada Airport, officially known as Federico Garcia Lorca Granada-Jaen Airport, is located in southern Spain. The airport is less than 10 miles west of the city of Granada and easily accessible by self-driving, with car hire at Granada Airport the most convenient transportation option. Alternatively, visitors can use the public bus system or taxi service to get to Granada, which is accessible via the GR-V-1121 road, which also provides direct access to Jaen and Antequera.
Who to Book With
Car hire suppliers are located right at the airport and visitors can choose from international firms, such as Avis and Europcar, and Spanish firm like Goldcar Rental. Rental desks are located on the ground floor of the terminal building and are not open 24 hours – most desks close by 23:00.
Need to Know Essentials
The following documents are necessary in order to pick up your rental vehicle:
- Your UK driver’s licence (both parts)
- Non-UK drivers need a valid EU driver’s licence or an international driver’s licence
- A credit card
- A form of photo ID; for example, a passport
- Booking confirmation
In Spain, drivers need to have with them the vehicle registration documents (for hired vehicles, the hire contract), their driver’s licence (and photo ID if the licence does not have a photograph) and insurance papers. Seatbelts are mandatory for all passengers. Children under the age of 12 may not sit in the front seat and children under three must use a child seat. Under Spanish law, all vehicles must have two warning triangles and reflective vests – the driver should check the hire vehicle to make sure these items are included. 24-hour petrol stations are limited to the major motorways and cities. Petrol stations outside the cities tend to close for lunch between 12:00 and 15:00.
Self-driving is a popular option for those flying into Granada Airport. The Spanish road network is excellent and driving is a good way to explore the beautiful coastal and rural areas. There are no train connections from the airport, but visitors can use buses or taxis to get to Granada. Generally, public transportation is affordable, if not always reliable.
There are no trains at Granada Airport. The closest train station is in Granada, which has links to other major Spanish cities, such as Malaga, Valencia, Barcelona and Guadalajara. Train services are offered through RENFE.
Taxis at Granada Airport are provided by firms operating from the nearby towns of Santa Fe and Chauchina. Travellers will find taxis right outside the terminal building. Taxis are metered and visitors should make sure the driver turns on the meter. The meter rate generally starts at around £1.20 and there are additional charges for each piece of luggage at £0.40. Taxi fares increase between 22:00 and 07:00 and there are special fares on Saturdays and holidays between 01:00 and 06:00. The taxi journey to Granada city centre takes less than 20 minutes.
Granada Airport to Granada city centre is about £20
Granada Airport to the Alhambra is about £10
Granada Airport to Lanjaron is about £50
Granada Airport to Valle de Lecrin is about £35
The Granada Airport bus operates directly from the airport and offers connections to Granada bus station and other locations in the city. The journey to Granada’s city centre takes roughly 20 minutes and tickets cost just over £2, regardless of destination. Bus service from Granada bus station to other Spanish cities is on offer through ALSA.
This single-terminal airport primarily services domestic Spanish air connections, with seasonal charter flights to European destinations, such as Rome and Paris. The airport handles just under one million passengers a year and main airlines are Iberia, Air Europa and Vueling. Main air connections are to Madrid and Barcelona, while there are seasonal connections to London-Gatwick.
The car park is located less than a one-minute walk from the terminal building. There are 845 parking spaces for both short- and long-term parking. The airport also offers free breakdown assistance for those that experience battery problems after parking their vehicle for a long time. Daily maximum rates are around £9 for the first four days and about £7.20 for each additional day.
There is no wireless internet at the airport.
Passengers will find an information desk on the ground floor of the terminal building.
Service Centre: +34 91 321 10 00
Car park information: +34 958 245 273
Granada Airport complies with EU regulations on assistance for passengers with reduced mobility. Travellers need to request assistance at least 48 hours prior to arrival through their airline. There are two meeting points for passengers with reduced mobility: one outside the terminal and one next to the check-in desks.
Restaurants and Bars
Travellers will find three outlets offering drinks and food at the airport. The AirCafe offers drinks and snacks, and is located in the public Departures area and the Cafeteria Abades offers self-service options in the boarding area, while the full-service Restaurante Abades is also in the boarding area.
Money and ATMs
ATMs are available in Terminal 1’s Arrivals public and luggage areas, and on the Departures level of the Schengen zone, while Terminal 2 has cash dispensers in the Arrivals and Departures public areas. There are bank branches in both terminals which offer currency exchange services as well as a currency exchange office in Terminal 1.
Travellers will find one multi-type shop in the Departures area. The Abades store sells gifts, books, magazines, cosmetics, snacks and newspapers.