Las Palmas (LPA)
airport (also known locally as "Gando") - Telephone (+34) 928 579130
The airport is located
in the middle of the east coast of Gran Canaria, about 20
minutes up the motorway to the city of Las Palmas and 30 minutes down
the motorway to the south / Maspalomas, 40 minutes to Puerto Rico
& Amadores and around an hour to Taurito and Mogan.
Las Palmas Airport
If you wanted to know
something specific about the airport itself I don't have too much
information here as there is a fantastic portal on the Internet where
you should be able to find out everything. The Spanish airports are
controlled by a company called Aena who in turn rent out various
services (baggage handling, catering ...) to different companies.
The Aena website lists
all the Spanish airports and offers a wealth of information and
facilities about each on their website. You can even track flights in
and out of spain and find out what time they took off and are scheduled
to land or will actually land if ahead of schedule or delayed. At the
top right you can change the language.
Tour operatorsOn arrival if you're
travelling on a tour-operator flight or as part of a package you may
have coach transfers included from the airport to your accommodation.If
you have this booked as part of your holiday, once you have your bags
and pass through into the arrivals hall, one of the first things you'll
see is a group of holiday reps in different uniforms, holding
clip-boards with their company's logo. So, head for the one that looks
like yours, let them know the name your booking was made in and where
you are staying and they will tell you where the coach is waiting for
As you leave the arrivals hall, there are 8 coach bays, A1 being to the
right, then A2, A3.... to A8 at the far left. The holiday rep will tell
you which bay to go to and once there, which coach is yours. As there
may be up to 8 buses in a bay, each has a large letter or number in the
Once you get to the coach, the driver may ask you again where you are
staying so he can load the bags on the convenient side of the coach.
Give him your bags and get on-board! All coaches are non-smoking so if
the coach isn't full when you get there, you usually have time for a
cigarette whilst you're waiting. There's also a no food or drink rule
on the coaches so don't open a can as you get on!
Usually, each coach has around 50 people, sometimes all going to the
same 1 or 2 apartment complexes but often heading to around 10
different complexes or more. The stops may be split between Playa del
Ingles, Maspalomas and/or Puerto Rico so expect a total transfer time
lasting from 1 to 2 hours or more from collecting your bags to getting
to your accommodation.
agentsAs well as being able
to book your flight and hotels independently, you can also book your
airport transfers that way too wether it be on a coach with everyone
else or a private bus for your group or a private car with driver.
Again, when you come out with your bags you'll have been given
instructions what to look for when you booked, either the name of the
agent or your own name held up by the rep/driver.
Often, people book
their car hire when booking their holiday with the travel agent and
arrange to pick it up at the airport on arrival. If your flight arrives
during the day/evening, the place to head once you're in the arrivals
hall is to your right. At the far end you'll see a lounge area. If
you're car's booked through "Orlando", sit in the lounge and every time
their bookings are due to land, they check the lounge area every 20
minutes or so. Again, a rep from the company will come, often in
uniform but always carrying a clip-board with the company logo. If
you're booking is with Avis, Hertz or another major company, they have
their own office a few meters past the lounge area but it closes late
in the evening so night arrivals should also wait in the lounge area.
Most companies now include a basic accident insurance but offer a
"super colision waiver" - without the "SCW" you are liable for around
the first 500 euros is the car is damaged and you don't have written
confirmation and insurance details from another driver that it was
their fault. (It's advisable to take out the SCW insurance).
Be sure to have your car hire booking receipt, passport and driving
licence handy and keep your passport and driving licence with you
whenever you are driving for the rest of your holiday. Once you're in
the car and driving, follow the blue signs "Sur" (the road is the GC1)
and that will take you to San Agustin, Playa del Ingles, Maspalomas and
Puerto Rico amongst other places. If you have the newer European
driving license card with photo then you don't need to keep your
passport with you.
(Read more about car hire)
Very handy if you're
heading north to Las Palmas or to Playa del Ingles &
Maspalomas, not so handy but an option if you're heading past
Maspalomas. The main bus stop to Las Palmas is used in the main by
residents of Gran Canaria who, in the main, live in Las Palmas so the
stop north is just outside the arrivals hall on the right and the
service is every 20 minutes during the day, once an hour after 10pm.
Playa del Ingles buses (no 66 service) leave from there at quarter past
the hour from 07:15 to 22:15. You can even sit in the arrivals hall and
see it arrive.
Heading further than Maspalomas, perhaps to Puerto Rico? Get ready to
concentrate. First, the service for Puerto Rico is once an hour from
06:30 and then each '30 until 20:45. Next, to get to the stop you leave
the arrivals hall and turn right and follow that pathway for a ten
minute walk, passing under the motorway and coming up on the far side
of it. Then, to the left you'll see the bus stop. The one good thing is
it's an express service stopping only at Playa del Ingles so the
journey time is around 45 minutes once you're on.
(read more about the bus service)
There's a rank of
licensed taxi cabs just outside the main arrivals hall of Las Palmas
airport, as you leave the building, it's to your right.
how many people have landed without transportation, you may find the
wait in the queue to be anything from 5 minutes to 30 or more minutes.
All the cabs there are metered but expect the fare to Puerto Rico to be
around 55 euros by day and to Playa del Ingles or Maspalomas, around 35
euros by day. There's a 20% increase on that price daily for trips
between 21:00 and 07:00, Sundays and holidays. Make sure the driver
knows the apartments that you're going to before you set off, otherwise
catch the cab behind. Taking a note of the cab number as you get in is
always a good idea in case your drop/leave anything inside the cab
after the journey which can be the case when first getting here.
Tipping is around €5 for the journey but depends on how
efficient you found the driver to be.