Gran Canaria

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Gran Canaria is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain, but as with the other Canary Islands, there is no rail-based public transport to get around here, just an extensive network of buses.

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  • No VAT on fuel or car rental services in the Canary Islands.
  • The island has a truly stunning interior, which is easily to explore from any point on the coast.
  • At the very least, you should rent a car in Gran Canaria for a day to explore the island. This can easily be done, without needing to spend another night elsewhere.
  • No rail services of any kind.
  • Public transport by bus is poor and disjointed, especially around Las Palmas.
  • Bus services into the interior of the island are few and far between – sometimes only 1-2 buses per day.
  • Buses aren’t well connected. There are two different bus stations in Las Palmas.

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It’s perfectly easy enough to visit Gran Canaria using resort transfers, local buses and taxis, but doing this means missing out on some of the stunning scenery that the island has to offer. Again, you can take an organised bus tour to see some of this, but we think it is just much better to do it by car.

  • Local buses (guaguas) are cheap by Northern European standards.
  • Plenty of buses between major resort areas, especially Maspalomas <=> Las Palmas.
  • Taxis are cheap, and usually there are plenty of them.
  • Airport shuttle buses are fast and frequent.

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However, before making the choice to hire a car in Gran Canaria based on price alone, it’s worth adding up all the hidden extras, such as mandatory fuel contracts. It’s also worth comparing these costs with the price of a few local taxi journeys. Taxis in the Canary Islands tend to be very cheap, and even a transfer from the airport is unlikely to break the bank, as nothing is very far from anywhere else on Gran Canaria.

However, buses tend to be concentrated on a few select routes between the main resorts and other urban areas and the airport.

Verdict – yes

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