Granada

By | 16th January 2018

Is it worth hiring a car in Granada?

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Granada car hire quick facts

Cheapest rate for one week Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]

35

 #14/300

  • Price alone isn't the only factor in determining whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Granada but clearly it's an important one. See our "why" section for more figures.
How much should I expect to pay in the peak season? Based on cheapest deal during the summer holiday season. (Unless otherwise noted) [full notes - seasonal variations]

 €

180

 118/300

  • During the peak holiday season, public transport is often better value, as many train and bus fares are fixed throughout the year. See our "whynot" section for more suggestions.
Free parking score Based on the number of hotels which offer free parking.Total 729 - of which 22 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

3

%

298/300

  • During the peak holiday season, public transport is often better value, as many train and bus fares are fixed throughout the year. See our "whynot" section for more suggestions.

Granada public transport quick facts

"Top trumps" train score

Higher scores go to the systems which take you to the most amazing places.

15%

#173/300

  • [full notes - top trumps trains]
  • A good rail system doesn't mean you shouldn't hire a car, but it often means you have a decent range of options.

Overall public transport score {coming shortly}

This is a more practical rating based on bus and rail travel.

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  • [full notes - overall transit] buses | trams | metro | local & regional rail | national rail
  • Is public transport in Granada good value, or is it worth hiring a car just because it is cheaper overall?

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score {coming shortly}

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around Granada

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Need, worth & should!

Whether you have come here asking "do I need a car in Granada", "is it worth hiring a car in Granada", or whether or not you "should" hire a car here, these are all slight variations on a similar theme:

Do you need a car in Granada?

This is essentially based on whether or not public transport and other "non car" options are good enough to get around and beyond the city.

Is it worth hiring a car in Granada?

Is car hire good value, especially during the peak season? How does this compare with transit fares?

Should you rent a car in Granada?

Weighing up the above questions, if you are here for the first time AND asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?

The Andalusian city of Granada is undoubtedly most famous for its Alhambra fort. Yet here is plenty more to see in this part of southern Spain than just this single attraction.

Do you need a car in Granada? Introduction

When someone asks "Do you need a car in Granada?", this often breaks down to two key questions:

  1. Can you actually get around using public transport, or is a car all but essential?
  2. Is it worth hiring a car in Granada? Is it good value for money, compared with non-car options?

Over the next few sections, we wil look at the pros and cons of driving in Granada as a tourist, and ultimately weigh these up, so we can answer the key question of Should you rent a car in Granada?

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments


Is it worth hiring a car in Granada?

The range of flights to Granada from outside Spain is very limited. Other thank UK cities like Manchester or London, you are only likely to get a direct flight here from Paris. This means that you are much more likely to visit Granada having flown into a city such as Malaga or Seville.

Why should you rent a car in Granada?

What are the main reasons for hiring a car here? Do you just want to drive locally? Do you want to go further afield, or should you even look at taking a road trip?

In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Granada?


Is it worth hiring a car in Granada?

  • Terrible train service – Granada is not on the high-speed AVE network. Getting here by train is going to take some time, even from other cities in Andalusia. This means that the chances are that you will already be arriving in Granada in a hire car, and you will want to use it as much as possible.
  • One fort wonder – once you’ve got past the queues to get in, enjoyed the superb views of Alhambra from below, and even then come back for a night visit, chances are that you will be itching to carry on elsewhere, and a hire car is going to give you the most flexibility to do this.

Why not? Visiting Granada without a car

What is public transport like in Granada? What about local conditions for walking or cycling? Can you rely on public transport and maybe a few taxis for most or all of your trip? Are there some times of year when it's easier to get by without a car than others? When should you rent a car in Granada?


  • Amazing Alhambra – as I’ve hinted above, Granada’s main attraction really is spectacular, and it is arguably worth a trip to southern Spain just to see it.
  • Appreciating Albaicin – now this historic part of Granada is somewhere that you will either love or you will hate. I fall into the love camp – I must have walked around here for several hours without keeping any track of time.
  • The landscape, or cityscape if you prefer is splendid in its own right, but the real intrigue here was the amazing graffiti, which somehow seems perfectly natural and very photogenic. I’d rate this is one of my favourite walking experiences, and would certainly recommend adding in an extra day for walking around the rest of the city on top of allocating time to see Alhambra itself.
  • Jaen etc by train – although it is often still easier to drive.
  • Granada metro – finally opened in the autumn of 2017, the metro provides a rapid transit light rail service running right through the city.

Is it worth hiring a car in Granada?  Conclusion – on first glances, Granada does not look obviously accessible without a car. As with anywhere, four wheels will give you convenience, but is also a good chance that it means you miss out on some of the best details. If you can work out how to get here without a car, I would certainly advise staying here without one.

Verdict – no

Ratings

Our slider ratings range from 0 (it isn't even possible to hire a car, e.g. Hong Kong) through to 10 (you really must rent a car here, e.g. Phoenix, Tampa). However, most places are somewhere inbetween these extremes, and this is where it gets more interesting! Further ratings breakdowns, including a much more detailed public transport rating, are currently being added. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.


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