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Granada Airport is a Spanish airport of medium size, with passenger figures nearing or surpassing a million each year. It is an important gateway for Granada, as well as the surrounding areas, and is used by a significant number of tourists. The airport is also important for Jaen, a city about a 100km from Granada, and for this reason, its official and full name is the Federico García Lorca Granada-Jaen Airport. The first part of the name is in honour of a famous poet from the Granada area. Although there is no Granada Airport train station available for passengers, buses are a form of public transport that run frequently to and from the airport, and the train station in Granada is useful for railway connections to all parts of the country.
Granada airport is located approximately 15km, or 9.4 miles west of the city of Granada, and is nearby the areas of Santa Fe, Chauchina, Cijuela and Láchar. It is an airport in the Andalusia region of Spain, which is popular for its vast array of tourist attractions. The passenger terminal of the airport has the arrival and departure areas on the ground floor, and each section has a selection of useful facilities for its passengers. The airline companies of Air Europa, Iberia, Spanair, Transavia France and Vueling Airlines, as well as Ryanair, who more recently joined the airport’s activities, offer to and from Granada Airport flights. Although by train is a very popular and common way to travel in Spain, there is no train station at Granada Airport, and passengers who would like to continue their journey by rail will first need to reach the city of Granada. Perhaps in the future, if the airport’s passenger traffic increases significantly, there will be a Granada Airport train station.
For the transport of passengers to Granada, the Autocares José González Company provides their services, and runs frequent buses to and from the airport. Arriving passengers will mostly find that the buses’ schedules correspond to the times of the arrival flights of the airport. It is therefore important that passengers collect their baggage and then make their way to the bus stop of the airport, which can be found just outside of the main arrival hall. The airport bus travels to the bus station in Granada, and makes stops at a couple of other locations along the way as well, from where buses to all areas in the city are available. Buses do serve the Granada railway station as well. Bus tickets for the journey can be purchased from the bus driver, and will cost about three Euro.
Another way to reach the railway station of Granada is by taxi, and a taxi rank is found outside of the airport’s arrival area. There are generally always taxis available, but the information desk can call one for you if there are none available. Taxis are rather more expensive than the public bus services, especially for single travellers, but are more convenient, private and a faster way to reach the train station. Always confirm the taxi fare with the driver before leaving Granada Airport.
Granada Train Station, or otherwise unofficially known as the Andalusion Station, is located at Andalusion Railways Avenue, S/N, and has been in existence since 1874. The passenger building of the station is still the original construction, but with some additions and improvements which have taken place over the years, including the construction of the South Station. However, this is now used only for storage and workshops, whereas before, it was used as a second rail link through Moreda. The station’s building consists of three zones of similar size. There is a main lobby area, an area for customer service and the cafeteria. There are also other facilities, including the cabinet police station, which can be accessed from the three platforms of the station. All parts of the station are accessible to disabled travellers, apart from the passage between the access controls platforms used for passengers of the Altaria train services, which is done via an underpass. However, assistance for passengers can be arranged. There are also three parking areas outside the station, and buses and taxis provide further forms of transport.
The new services of the high-speed train to Granada will cause the station to undergo significant changes and upgrades, in order to accommodate the different needs of this rail service. It is estimated that the high-speed rail services will be operational by 2013. Plans could also be in the works for a completely new station to be built for the city of Granada, in the same location as its current one, but with a completely different configuration. The new station will be named the Granada-Mariana Pineda, and will cost approximately 570 million Euros.
From the Granada train station; with its services operated and managed by Renfe, long distance trains are available once a day to Barcelona-Sants, twice a day to Madrid-Puerta de Atocha and three times a week to Linares-Baeza. Passengers can also travel several times a day to areas closer, including Amería and Algeciras. Seville trains can be taken from Granada as well.
Although no Granada Airport trains, passengers of the airport will still find plenty of ways to travel to their next destination, or to their departure flight. Further information is available on the official website of the Spanish railway company, at http://www.renfe.com.