Airport transfers in Gran Canaria: Bus or Taxi?

When choosing your airport transfers in Gran Canaria, you may ask yourself whether to go by bus or by taxi. If you are on a budget, you can use the buses, which are almost always on time. If not, you can go by private transfer or taxi. We recommend the private transfers. There's nothing like not having to worry about directions and searching for your hotel or apartment, especially when you are really tired and hungry. The private transfers are also considerably cheaper than the taxis, with a fixed no-suprises price. You will be greeted by your "own" driver who will hold up a sign with your name on it, just like the celebrities do. Remember to use the current discount code below to save even more.

Airport Transfers in Gran Canaria: Public Airport Buses

Airport transfers by bus are always the cheapest option. They are operated by the company Global and are all teal colour. Drivers accept cash and also take debit/credit cards. 

The buses that stop at the airport departures terminal are line 5, 60, 66, 90, and 91.

The new bus stop is located on the top floor,so once you arrive you have to go up in the lift or use the escalator or stairs. Walking from the arrivals terminal to the bus stop takes no more than five minutes. Click here to read the airport buses schedule. (Opens a new window)

Line 60 goes from the airport to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and is used mostly by locals who live in the capital and a few tourists.

If you’re going to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, it is better to get off at the San Telmo bus station and take a taxi from there to the hotel. If you get off at the Santa Catalina bus station, you will either have to take another bus from there or walk (taxis aren’t available here, and the nearest taxi stand is ten minutes away).

Line 66 goes from the airport to the Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas. It is used by lots of tourists.

Line 90 is similar to line 66, i.e. goes from the airport to Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas.

Line 91 goes from the airport to Playa del Cura, and passes through Arguineguin, Patalavaca, Puerto Rico, and Amadores.

Line 05 goes from the airport to Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas. It is the only bus that operates after midnight, so if you are arriving late, you could take this bus. It stops at each and every town or village between the airport to where ever you want to get off, so it is the slowest of all the buses.

Here’s a list of destinations, bus line number, and their cost (updated July 2012):

  • Las Palmas de G.C. (San Telmo bus station): 60 and 91 – 2.30€
  • Las Palmas de G.C. (Santa Catalina bus station): 60 – 2.95€
  • Bahia Feliz / Morro Besudo: 5, 66, and 90 – 2.75€
  • Playa del Ingles: 66 and 90 – 3.50€
  • Faro de Maspalomas: 05, 66, and 90 – 4.05€
  • Arguineguin: 90 and 91 – 4.95€
  • Patalavaca: 90 and 91 – 5.25€
  • Puerto Rico: 90 and 91 – 5.45€
  • Amadores beach: 90 and 91 – 5.90€
  • Playa del Cura: 91 – 6.35€

Airport Transfers in Gran Canaria: Airport Express (Lines 60 & 66)

The public bus company that operates the airport line has just bought 6 new buses (October 2018). These buses have screens inside that come on, when the boot is opened. The cameras inside the boot will show passengers (sitting inside the bus) what's going on, so they can be sure that no one else walks off with their luggage. The new buses have signs with the words "Airport Express" outside. If the airport bus doesn't say "airport express", the only difference will be the lack of screens and boot cameras. The price will be the same. 

Private & Reliable Airport Transfers in Gran Canaria: Gran Canaria Airport Transfers (Recommended)

Iodara is an equal opportunity employer that provides quality transfers on the island. Many of their cars are air-conditioned Mercedes Benz cars. This company is managed by experienced staff who know the island very well. For 31 euros (price for destinations like Las Palmas, Playa del Ingles, or Maspalomas), they will pick you up at the arrivals gate, even help with the luggage, and leave it at the reception desk. So, if you're looking for a hassle-free way of getting to your resort, you don't need to think twice.

We have worked with this airport transfers company, and have received a superb service. The main advantage is that you know beforehand, how much the journey will cost you. Some taxi drivers that you may pick up at the rank in the airport, may pretend to get lost, and take a longer route to find hotels and resorts (that have been there for decades ;). They will get you there, eventually, but it can cost you a few extra euros.

Another reason for working with them is that they have someone permanently at the airport. So, unlike other famous airport transfer companies, they will always show up. Click here to go to their Facebook page.

Airport transfers in Gran Canaria: Airport Taxis

All taxi airport transfers in Gran Canaria are operated by Socomtaxi, which is the society for taxi promotion in Gran Canaria, and most of the southern Gran Canarian taxi drivers belong to it. Taxis are available in different sizes, for up to 7 people. If you are disabled, you can order taxis with special access. The fare charged depends on the distance from the airport and is regulated by the Canarian government. Taxis are quite affordable, especially if you share them with someone and book them beforehand. According to a study made by the Spanish consumers union, we have the cheapest taxi fares of all Spain. Here is an estimate for daytime services (updated July 2012):

From Gran Canaria airport to:

  • Amadores: 58€
  • Arguineguin: 48€
  • Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: 24-32€ depending on the area
  • Maspalomas: 40€
  • Puerto de Mogan: 73€
  • Playa del Ingles: 33€
  • Puerto Rico: 54€
  • San Agustin: 30€

3 Reasons why it is a good idea to book a taxi from Socomtaxi

1) Once you get in the taxi is when the meter starts to move, so it doesn’t matter if your flight is delayed.

2) You can pay by credit card

3) The taxi will be available right at the arrivals terminals, and you don't have to walk much.

Rent a Car

Another option to consider for airport transfers in Gran Canaria, is to rent a car. The road from the airport to the south or north of the island is straight, and easy to get to from the airport terminal. There are a few car rental companies there, but it is better to book beforehand because there are many months where there is a shortage due to the economic boom of the tourism sector here. For a complete real-time comparison of all major car rental companies, check out (opens in a new window).

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