Distances in km from major Spanish cities to Granada

City

KM

Driving time

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Albacete

421

4 hours 33 mins

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Alicante

350

3 hours 46 mins

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Almería

161

1 hour 54 mins

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Ávila

536

5 hours 34 mins

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Badajoz

463

5 hours 25 mins

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Barcelona

884

8 hours 30 mins

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Bilbao

822

8 hours 31 mins

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Burgos

667

7 hours 7 mins

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Cáceres

519

5 hours 43 mins

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Cádiz

335

3 hours 50 mins

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Ciudad Real

272

3 hours 16 mins

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Córdoba

212

2 hours 24 mins

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La Coruña

1013

10 hours 22 mins

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Cuenca

458

5 hours 30 mins

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Girona

979

9 hours 14 mins

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Huelva

355

3 hours 52 mins

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Jáen

94

1 hour 9 mins

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León

758

7 hours 53 mins

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Lugo

921

9 hours 26 mins

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Madrid

428

4 hours 37 mins

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Málaga

134

1 hour 38 mins

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Murcia

278

3 hours 4 mins

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Oviedo

868

8 hours 44 mins

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Palencia

679

7 hours 3 mins

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Pamplona

865

9 hours 1 min

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Pontevedra

1035

10 hours 33 mins

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San Sebastian

883

9 hours 4 mins

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Santander

877

8 hours 59 min

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Segovia

514

5 hours 24 mins

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Sevilla

259

2 hours 54 mins

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Soria

652

7 hours 5 mins

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Tarragona

794

7 hours 33 mins

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Toledo

371

4 hours 16 mins

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Valencia

527

5 hours 21 mins

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Valladolid

633

6 hours 35 mins

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Vitoria

790

8 hours 14 mins

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Zaragoza

740

7 hours 43 mins

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The ring road of Granada with exit and entry roads


Map used with the permission of granadamap.com

Warning about GPS

The centre of Granada has many traffic restrictions: e.g. you can drive into the AlbaicĂ­n at certain times of the day, you cannot drive along the upper part of Calle Recogidas or any of the Calle San Matias. If you are using a GPS, it will attempt to take you the shortest way through the city centre. Do NOT go through a no-entry sign because there are cameras and you will be fined. Any reputable hotel or accommodation should provide you with some extra instructions so that you can avoid these streets and arrive at your destination without the GPS.


Notes for people accustomed to thinking in miles.

To convert from km to miles divide by 8 and multiply by 5
To convert from miles to km divide by 5 and multiply by 8

So 80 km = 50 miles, 160 km = 100 miles

The speed limit in any built-up place in Spain is 50 km/hour (31 mph)
The speed limit on autovías (motorways) is normally 120 km/hour (75 mph)



Travelling times by car to popular destinations

Sierra Nevada ski resort

45 minutes

Salobreña - on the coast - the nearest sandy beach

50 minutes

Trevélez - the highest village in Europe (in the Alpujarras mountains)

1 hour 45 minutes

Lanjarón (in the Alpujarras)- the first small town in the Alpujarras

30 minutes

Granada bus station

5 - 10 minutes

Granada airport

30 minutes

Malaga airport

80 minutes

Bailén - It's where the Madrid road splits for Sevilla and Granada.

1 hour


Parking in Granada

It is very difficult to find free parking spaces in the centre of Granada. To avoid paying for parking you could park in the street on the outkirts of Granada and get a bus or a taxi. Click here for full information about parking in Granada


Some notes about hiring cars

You can pick up and drop off hire cars in the centre of Granada and also at the airport. Many companies allow you to pick up and drop off in different places.

There is a list of car hire companies on this page. Car hire

There are some very good deals right now with Auriga Crown see info


Frequently asked questions about distances

Is it realistic to go to Cordoba and return to Granada on the same day?

Yes, Cordoba is about 2 hours or less and it would be OK by car or by bus.

Is there any time I should avoid coming into Granada by car?

If it is good weather there are often traffic jams on Sundays on the road up from Motril because people are returning from the beach. All other times are OK. The rush hour with Granada is around 2pm and 5 pm. Driving within Granada at anytime of day is fairly slow. It is best to go directly to the place you are staying and not use your car while you are in Granada. Don't park where you shouldn't or your car will be towed away.

Which streets should I avoid in the centre of Granada?

Some of the streets in Granada have restricted access for non-residents and it is not possible to drive down these streets. There is a sign that says only for access to hotels but this only applies to hotels in the immediate vicinity. You must avoid these streets or you will receive a hefty fine each time you go along them. These streets are: Calle Reyes Católicos, Calle Recogidas, Calle Gran Vía (direction Plaza Isabel la Católica), Calle San Matias, Calle Pagés (Albaicín).

Another street to avoid is the Calle San Juan de los Reyes (near Plaza Nueva). It has a very narrow part of 1.8 metres which makes it physically impossible for large cars to get through.

Is there a bus to the ski station?

Yes, you'll have to get a taxi or bus out to the the bus station and then get a bus from there. Click here for more information about buses. You can hire skis and get a lift pass at Pradollano (the ski resort).


Some tips and suggestions

If you are driving up from the coast maybe from Nerja or one of the beaches between Motril and Malaga and you are not in a hurry, take the little windy road that comes up from Almuñecar going through Jete. It is very scenic and at one point it goes through a mountain pass. It's a nice alternative to the busy motorway from Granada to Motril. There are several little restaurants where you can stop and eat. A good drink if you are driving is a "vino sin alcohol" and you will normally be given a free "tapa".

Bridge over Pantano de rules
Photo used with the permission of granadafoto.net

This is the massive bridge which allows you to drive from Granada to the coast in about an hour.