How To Get From Gran Canaria Airport To Playa Del Ingles (Quickest & Cheapest)

Playa Del Ingles is one of the most popular tourist regions in Gran Canaria. You can travel the 29km from Gran Canaria Airport to Playa Del Ingles three ways:

  1. Taxi
  2. Bus
  3. Hire Car

The best way to travel between Gran Canaria Airport and Playa Del Ingles is by taxi. A taxi from Gran Canaria Airport to Playa Del Ingles takes around 20 minutes and costs about €35.

However, if you’re looking to explore more of the island of Gran Canaria, you may want to hire a car instead.


⏱️ Time: 20 – 25 minutes
💵 Cost: €35

The quickest and easiest way to travel between Playa Del Ingles and Gran Canaria Airport is by taxi. The taxi rank is located outside the airport terminal building and is well-signposted.

Taxis are readily available at the airport, so you shouldn’t need to queue for more than ten minutes. The journey from the airport to Playa Del Ingles will take 20 to 25 minutes, depending on traffic.

Taxis in Gran Canaria run on a meter. Therefore, the price of the journey is based on several factors, such as:

  • Duration of the trip
  • Distance Travelled

During my most recent trip to Playa Del Ingles (May 2023), a one-way trip from the airport cost me €35.

Taxis in Gran Canaria typically don’t travel car seats for babies or toddlers. Travelling with a small child without a car seat is unsafe. However, a taxi driver won’t stop you from doing so and will still take the fare.

If you’re travelling to Gran Canaria as a large family or group, then you will either:

  • Need two or more taxis
  • Need a minibus

While you may find a minibus at the taxi rank when you arrive at Gran Canaria Airport, this is not guaranteed. In this case, reserving a private transfer in advance is easier.

Sadly, unlike elsewhere in Spain, there are no Ubers or Bolts in Gran Canaria. Instead, to travel around Gran Canaria, you’ll want to either:

  1. Use the public buses.
  2. Take a taxi from the taxi rank or hail at the side of the road.


⏱️ Time: 50 minutes
💵 Cost: €3.50

The public bus is the cheapest way to travel from Gran Canaria Airport to Playa Del Ingles. The bus takes around 50 minutes, and a bus ticket from Gran Canaria Airport to Playa Del Ingles costs just €3.50 one way.

The island of Gran Canaria is served by the Global Bus Company. These buses are modern, clean and comfortable and offer a well-kept timetable.

Buses leave Gran Canaria Airport from the bus stop across from the terminal building. This bus stop is signposted in both Spanish and English. The buses going to Playa Del Ingles from Gran Canaria are bus numbers:

  • 1
  • 36
  • 66
  • 90

However, buses 66 and 90 have the least number of stops and are therefore the quickest.

  • Bus #66 runs every hour from 7:30 am until 8:30 pm, with an additional service at 09:45 am and 10:45 am from Monday to Friday.
  • Bus #90 runs every hour from 6:30 am until 8:30 pm, with an extra service at 09:45 am and 11:45 am on a Monday to Friday.

The main bus stop in Playa Del Ingles is at the Yumbo Center. From here you can either walk to your accommodation or take a taxi.

Hire Car

⏱️ Time: 20 – 25 minutes 
💵 Cost: €5 – €40
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If you want to explore the island of Gran Canaria, it’s often worth getting a hire car. There are several hire car locations in Playa Del Ingles. However, it’s often cheaper and easier to pick your hire car up at the airport and drive it to Playa Del Ingles.

Gran Canaria has several car rental companies available, including:

  • Avis
  • Europcar
  • Hertz

As such, while you can often pick a car up on your arrival into Gran Canaria, reserving one in advance is often easier.

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All car rental companies at Gran Canaria Airport are inside the main terminal building. However, they can have somewhat of a queue – especially during peak travel times. When returning your hire car, arrive at Gran Canaria Airport with plenty of time, as there may be a short wait.

How much you pay for a hire car in Gran Canaria will depend on several factors, including:

  1. Car hire company
  2. Duration
  3. Cart type
  4. Additional drivers
  5. Insurance

During the low season, you may be able to pick up a hire car in Gran Canaria for as little as €5 per day. However, €20 – €40 is often average.

Driving from Gran Canaria Airport to Playa Del Ingles in a hire car is easy. The roads are typically quiet, well-maintained and clearly signposted.