Granada is extremely congested and also compact. Once you're in the district of your choice, you can walk to most points of interest. Don't even attempt to drive here.
By Bus -- Buses in Granada tend to be painted red, carry lots of advertising on their sides, and are small enough and lean enough to navigate some of the narrow streets leading from the town's commercial center to the Alhambra. A single ride costs 1€ ($1.30), a booklet of nine bus tickets goes for 5.50€ ($7.15), and a booklet of 20 bus tickets sells for 11€ ($14). Buy any of these tickets directly from the driver, who will accept bills of up to 10€ ($13). For short-term visitors, bus no. 32 is the best choice, since it makes frequent runs from Old Granada to the Alhambra. Another good one is no. 30, or "Destination Alhambra," running from Plaza Nueva to the Alhambra. A final pick is no. 31, which also leaves from Plaza Nueva and runs to the old ghetto, the Albaicín. To hit the major boulevards, which are good for shopping, the no. 3 bus runs from the terminal to Avenida de la Constitución, Gran Vía, and Plaza Isabel la Católica. For information about public transportation, call tel. 90-071-09-00; www.granada.org.
By Taxi -- Most trips in the city cost around 8€ ($10). Taxis can be hailed in the streets; a green dome light indicates the vehicle is free. Taxis often line up outside first-class hotels, in the vicinity of the Alhambra, and at the landmark Plaza Nueva. To summon a cab, call Radio Taxi at tel. 95-828-06-54.
By Car -- It's impossible to get around Granada by driving. A rented car is best left for exploring the surrounding Sierra Nevada. Rental prices vary greatly, depending on the time of the year and the agency, but count on shelling out around 300€ ($390) per week, including unlimited mileage and insurance. For most rentals, you must be 21 or older and have had a valid national driver's license for at least a year.
Major car-rental agencies include Atasa, Plaza Cuchilleros 1 (tel. 95-822-40-04); Hertz, Granada Center Hotel, Avenida Fuentenueva s/n (tel. 95-820-44-54; www.hertz.com); Budget, at the airport (tel. 95-844-64-55; www.budget.com); Avis, Railway Station Avenida de Andaluces s/n (tel. 95-825-23-58; www.avis.es); and Europcar, Avenida Andaluces s/n (tel. 95-829-50-65). Europcar, Hertz, and Avis also maintain kiosks at the airport.
On Foot -- This is about the only way to get around most neighborhoods, especially the hilly Albaicín and the Alhambra. For Greater Granada, a bus or taxi will have to do.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.