Gran Canaria Airport lies on the east coast of the island of Gran Canaria some 25km from the main tourist resorts in the south of the island and 18km from the island’s capital of Las Palmas. It is often referred to as Las Palmas Airport and is the busiest of all the airports in the Canary Islands with over 10 million annual passengers. With year round sun there are plenty budget airlines from northern Europe offering all year round flights to Gran Canaria as well as domestic flights operated by Spanish carriers. It is a modern airport with excellent facilities including ready access to numerous modes of transport to the capital and to the island’s main resorts.
When you book a holiday package to Gran Canaria with one of the big tour companies they may well include airport transfers to your resort. This gives you the peace of mind that there’s a coach and travel representative waiting for you as you walk outside the airport which is a good feeling on arrival. The downside is that your resort might be one of the last stops. This was our experience last time we visited Gran Canaria as we were on a week’s package with Thomas Cook staying at Cordial Mogan Valle Apartments in Puerto Mogan. The 60km journey takes no more than 45 minutes by car but on the tour bus it took over 1½ hours because it made several stops first at a number of hotels in and around Puerto Rico. The return transfer was even worse as we were the first group to be collected at 8.30am and didn’t get to the airport until 11am as we sat waiting for passengers at far too many hotels en route to the airport. For future reference we’ll be either hiring a car at the airport or pre-booking a transfer to our resort.
Transport Options from Gran Canaria Airport
Shuttle Bus and Private Vehicle Transfers: If you’re keen to just get to your destination and aren’t particularly interested in taking a look around the island then your best option is to pre-book an airport with a specialist transfer company which offers shared and private transfers.
Bus Transfers: Bus transport from the airport and all around the island is provided by Global. The two main services used by arrivals at the airport are as follows:
- Route 60: Airport – Las Palmas City
- Route 66: Airport – Faro de Maspalomas
For a full list of routes, times and fares check the Global Bus Website.
Taxi Services: Of course there are many taxis waiting at the official rank outside the arrivals area. Fares vary slightly according to pick-up time and precise location of your accommodation but to the main resorts you can expect to pay approximately:
- Puerto de Mogan – €85
- Puerto Rico – €65
- Playa del Ingles – €40
It’s well worth comparing these rates with the shuttle transfer companies listed lower down as they usually offer a cheaper service than airport taxis.
Gran Canaria Airport Car Hire
Driving down to the resorts of the south coast is very straightforward and doing so gives you the flexibility of having your own transport during your stay and a ready made transfer back to the airport on the day you’re leaving. So if you plan to take a look around the island whilst you’re in Gran Canaria then it’s well worth looking into car hire. You’ll find most of the big name car rental companies represented in the arrivals lounge.
As a rule you’ll get get better deals by booking online in advance. We highly recommend that you book with Zest Car Rental whilst ensuring that you don’t make a booking with Goldcar whose reputation for adding on extra charges is dreadful.