Tourists can explore Gran Canaria by several means of transport, typical, in fact, of most Canarian destinations. We speak of buses, cars and taxis. Getting around by boat, on the other hand, is not so practical in Gran Canaria, since the main sea line companies operating in Gran Canaria usually provide inter-island trips, which also holds true with respect to, let’s say, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote or Tenerife.
Buses are usually a very reliable alternative in terms of discovering Gran Canaria by resorting to public means of transport. There are two main bus companies in Gran Canaria, one operating in intercity system, and the other focusing on transporting passengers around in Las Palmas. Thus, Global makes available one comprehensive network of lines covering as much as possible from the surface of the entire island, whereas the so-called Guaguas Municipales makes available some 40 lines servicing the tourist platform of Las Palmas.
Generally, the buses are easy to use, as far as getting in, getting off, buying and validating the tickets are concerned. Tourists should also be aware for longer and more frequent bus trips they are entitled to get a significant discount. Thus, they can opt for overall tickets instead of single tickets, such as the so called tarjeta insular, practicable for the entire island and its main tourist highlights, or the 10-travel ticket practicable in Las Palmas.
For further details on the routes, schedules, rates, discounts made available by each of these companies, use the following information:
Getting around in Gran Canaria by taxi is, without a doubt, a reliable alternative, though discovering the island this way is not the most cost efficient solution. Not for an average traveler anyway. Yet, taxis are excellent in terms of airport transfers, and they seem to be the ideal option for shorter distances of emergency cases. Taxis are easily recognizable in Gran Canaria by their white color and red striped front doors. Taxi ranks are constantly and generously crowded with vehicles, which is why tourists in need of resorting to their services are highly unlikely to face difficulties in this respect.
Several taxi companies operate in Gran Canaria, and the following are but the most significant.
Gran Canaria is replete with car rental opportunities yielded by the specialized companies which operate virtually throughout the island. Thus, tourists who want to discover Gran Canaria without depending on public transport means can resort to the said companies in order to explore the island at their own pace by driving a car.
However, certain tourists prefer to bring their personal vehicle, in case they opt for getting to Gran Canaria by sea, more precisely, by resorting to the sea line companies which include in their offers the opportunity of such shipments.
All in all, Gran Canaria benefits from an excellent road infrastructure, especially in the east and central parts of the island. The three major motorways bordering the east cost from south to north refer to GC1 Autovia Las Palmas-Puerto Rico, GC2 Autovia Las Palmas-Galdar and to GC3 Autovia Jinamar-Tamaraceite. The rest of the road system features a radial lay-out.