Getting to there and around

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i have been to Granada some years back, and always meant to go back.  but it has changed a lot! 
this time, my route was:

fly into malaga - bus from malaga to granada, and here's how i did it in July 2010:

From malaga airport you can catch line 19 - which is an ordinary urban bus that charges 1.10euro or, you can catch the airport express for 2 euros.  the airport express stops at the bus station, the line 19 bus stops at the train station which is walking distance to the bus station.

from malaga bus station you can buy tickets from the machines - there's english option. and granada costs 9.83 euros one way.  as far as i could see, there were no cheaper tickets if you bought a return or bought your ticket far in advance.

I got lucky and caught the plush service, for the same price! it was 11am from malaga on a sunday in case anyone is wondering.  the seats were extra comfortable and there were fewer seats on the bus. you get a little paperbag with bottled water and small biscuits which were not bad.  air conditioning works!

Its 1.50 hours to granada from malaga.  i think traffic tends to be fine on the route.  I bought an open return thinking it would save me queueing, only to realise that i had to reserve a seat anyway. there is no charge and the counter staff would do it for you. oh, the machines accept UK credit cards.

at granada, i caught a bus into the city as its too far out to walk. i paid 1.20 euro for my single journey, though later discovered the bono bus which covers 7 single trips for 67 cents per trip. you can buy the pass on the bus, and pay 7.50 of which 2.50 is deposit for the card and the 5 euros is the credit.  i think its worth getting straightaway, as the route to the alhambra and the albacyin can be pleasantly done on the bus. service is regular and signs very clear on directions and name of stops.  they don't drive very fast, maybe 15 miles an hour at the most, so you can really take in the sights

so far all the urban buses would give you change, so don't fret if you haven't got it.




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