City buses in Las Palmas

Most likely, you will not need buses to get around the city of Las Palmas: tourists prefer to settle in the very center of the city or in the area of ​​Playa de las Canteras. For example, in the hotel on the first line Hotel Concorde or in the NH Imperial Playa hotel. However, if you do have to use public transport in Las Palmas, then the official Las Palmas public transport website, Guaguas.com, will come in handy. On the site, you can get directions, view ticket sales points and public transport timetables.

For example, if you need to travel from Playa de las Canteras beach (Tomas Miller stop) to Columbus Museum (Plaza de las ranas stop), then you will need bus number 12.

In total, there are 40-day routes in Las Palmas – urban and suburban, as well as 3-night routes – L1, L2, L3. A detailed map of all bus routes in the city can be found below. The bus fare is 1.4 Euro per trip. In order to save money, you can also buy a contactless travel card, with which 2 trips will cost 2.4 Euro, and 10 trips – 8.5 Euro. Tickets can be bought from the driver, and passes are only available at sales offices (Santa Catalina Park, Avda. Rafael Cabrera, Plaza de la Constitución, 5 Bajo, Sor Simona, 44).

Intercity buses from Las Palmas to the resorts of the south

Intercity buses leave from two bus stations in Las Palmas: the Santa Catalina bus station (address: Santa Catalina Park), located next to the port, and from the San Telmo bus station (address: Avda. Rafael Cabrera) near the Columbus Museum. Buses from Las Palmas airport also arrive at these bus stations. Ticket offices at San Telmo bus station are open on weekdays from 07:00 to 20:00, on weekends from 08:00 to 13:00.

Timetables and routes for intercity buses from Las Palmas are conveniently viewed on the Globalsu.net website. Buses run from about 06:00 to 20:00, there are no intercity buses at night . The buses are very comfortable and air conditioned. The capital of the island with the southern resorts is connected by the following routes:

  • The Bus number 1: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – Puerto de Mogan
  • Bus number 5: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – Lighthouse in Maspalomas
  • Bus number 91: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – Puerto de Mogan (via Gran Canaria airport)

There are also bus routes running between the southern resorts without entering the island’s capital:

  • 1-Route 32: Puerto de Mogan – Playa del Inglés
  • 2-Route 33: Playa del Ingles – Puerto Rico – Puerto de Mogan
  • 3-Route 39: Playa del Ingles – Playa de Amadores
  • 4-Route 45: Baia Feliz – Palmitos Park
  • 5-Route 70: Palmitos Park – Puerto Rico

Tickets for intercity buses are bought from the driver. The cost of the ticket depends on the number of kilometers that you travel. For example, the fare on the Gran Canaria Airport – Faro de Maspalomas segment will be 4.05 Euros per person.

Taxi in Gran Canaria

Official taxis in Gran Canaria – white Mercedes – are equipped with taximeters. Tariffs are regulated at the state level. Always ask the driver for a receipt after a taxi ride (“un recibo” in Spanish). The check will come in handy in case you forget something in the taxi.

Many vacationers who, for some reason, do not want to rent a car and travel around the island with an excursion, order a driver with a car for the whole day. This pleasure costs about 200 Euro per day.

How to get from one Canary Island to another?

Option number 1. Airplane from Gran Canaria

The Canary Islands are connected by regular flights, thanks to the air carriers Binter and CanaryFly. Flights between the islands are often cheaper than ferries, so I recommend paying attention to them for those who are not afraid of turboprop aircraft. The approximate prices for flights can be found in the table below. Please note that CanaryFly flights between the islands of the archipelago arrive at Tenerife North Airport, not Tenerife South. It is better to book flights in advance in order to catch the best price.

Point of departureDestinationTravel timeTicket price in Euro in two directions
Las PalmasTenerife North35 minutesfrom 40 Euro
Las PalmasHierro2 hours 15 minutesfrom 80 Euro
Las PalmasFuerteventura40 minutesfrom 40 Euro
Las PalmasLa Palma3.5 hoursfrom 80 Euro
Las PalmasLanzarote45 minutesfrom 40 Euro

Option number 2. Ferry from Gran Canaria

The most important ports of the island are Puerto de la Luz (in Las Palmas), Arginenguin, Arinaga. For passenger traffic, the ports of Puerto de la Luz and Purto de las Nieves in the municipality of Agaete in Las Palmas are used.

The most popular sea carriers between the Canary Islands are Fred Olsen Express, Naviera Armas and Transmediterranea. You can travel by car on ferries. Please note when purchasing tickets on the website that you do not have the option “Residente en Canarias” (resident of the Canary Islands) selected. Resident tickets are sold at a 75% discount off the regular price, and if you buy such a ticket for yourself by mistake, it will naturally be invalid. Tickets are sold both online and at the box office in the port of Puerto de la Luz.

Point of departureDestinationTravel timeTicket price in Euro in two directions
Gran Canaria (Las Palmas)Tenerife (Santa Cruz)80 minutes68 Euro
Gran Canaria (Las Palmas)La Gomera (San Sebastian de la Gomera) with a change in Tenerife2 hours 10 minutes126 Euro
Gran Canaria (Las Palmas)La Palma (Santa Cruz de la Palma) with 2 transfers in Tenerife4.5 hours150 Euro
Gran Canaria (Las Palmas)Fuerteventura (Morro Jable)2 hours98 Euro
Gran Canaria (Las Palmas)Lanzarote (Playa Blanca)2.5 hours131 Euro
Gran Canaria (Las Palmas)Cadiz (mainland Spain)2 days285 Euro for a seat, 520 Euro for a berth in the cabin

Car rental in Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria has roads that line the whole island and go into the mountainous regions in the center of the island. The first roads appeared on the island at the end of the 20th century around its capital, Las Palmas. The island’s expressways are GC1, GC2 and GC3. In addition, there are the GC4 and GC5 dividing motorways. The current cost of a liter of gasoline is 1.22 Euro. The maximum speed on the highway is 120 km / h, in settlements – 60 km / h.

Renting a car will give you a certain degree of freedom: you can drive without an excursion to the most remote corners of Gran Canaria: Tamadaba National Park in the north of the island, authentic villages with the indigenous inhabitants of the island of Arucas, Firgas, Teror, Mount Roque Nublo, Pico de las Nieves volcano … The island of Gran Canaria is divided by a volcano into 2 climatic zones, it is not for nothing that it is called a continent in miniature. To get a complete picture of the island, it is better to come here on vacation for 7-10 days and travel around the island without haste.

The roads in Gran Canaria are winding and serpentine, so only experienced drivers can drive on them. The roads on the island are rather narrow, with many sharp turns. Locals advise turning off the music while driving in order to hear the signal of an approaching car in time (in blind turns, cars honk to let them know about themselves). It is strictly forbidden to drink while driving – the police often check tourists, and for a glass of wine, you can get a huge fine!