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 by bus are always the cheapest option. They are operated by the company Global and are all teal colour.
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).
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):
Hoppa is a company that provides low-cost transfers all over the world, and were previously known as "Resorthoppa". They have various shuttle options for the Gran Canaria airport. We strongly discourage the cheapest option (called "shared shuttle"), which is a bus that stops in many, many resorts, and therefore it can take ages to arrive at your hotel. The best options are the "speedy shuttle," which has a maximum of 4 stops, or the "private transfer."
The "speedy shuttle" costs just around 28 euros (25 pounds) for two people return to Maspalomas, so it is a huge saving compared to a taxi. This is generally a minibus or a car, which you might have to share with other people. Remember to check out their special deals. Sometimes they give 10% off or discounts for the kids. Paypal is accepted, so you don't have to give them your credit card details. Check on their home page before making payment for the current discount coupon. They normally give 10% but sometimes increase this. To get a massive 20% off, remember to use the following discount code: SUN20
They are also offering great deals from Gran Canaria airport to Puerto Rico, starting at €10 each way.
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:
4 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) If you book through their website before you arrive, you will get 15% off their advertised rates. This makes your airport transfers in Gran Canaria taxi price much more reasonable than the price that a average tourist would pay. Also, you will be charged the agreed rate, even if the total on the meter is more. Click here to go to their reservation form (Opens new window).
4) The taxi will be available right at the arrivals terminals, and you don't have to walk much, unlike other private transfer companies.
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 rentalcars.com (opens in a new window).