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GRAN CANARIA: BY AIR
From the UK: carriers include easyJet, British Airways, Ryanair, Jet2 and Monarch. The flight time from the UK is around 4 hours.
Within Europe: try Aer Lingus, Air Berlin, Condor, Finnair, Swiss Airlines, Transavia, Norwegian Air Shuttle,
Iberia, Vueling and Air Europa and Ryanair.
From other Canary Islands: there are daily flights between Gran Canaria and Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro with Binter Canarias.
By boat: Gran Canaria is linked by ferry to Tenerife, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. There are 2 ferry ports, located at Las Palmas and Puerto de las Nieves.
The island is geared towards tourists so there’s no shortage of car hire companies at the airport, Las Palmas and the large resorts like Playa del Ingles - it's always a good idea to book in advance - see our car rental recommendations.
The GC-1 is the main route along the east coast, linking Las Palmas in the north and the beach resorts in the south. Taxis are plentiful - look for white cars with a red stripe on the sides. Fares are fine for local trips but get a bit hefty for longer journeys, such as from the airport to the other side of the island. The blue or green Global buses have a pretty good network around the island, but are somewhat thin on the ground in the rural interior.