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Note: flight, boat, train and bus timetables change constantly, and airlines come and go, so please do not rely solely on this information for your travel planning. Check with relevant companies, or a flight search engine like Skyscanner, first.
Flights to Gran Canaria land at Gando Airport, about 30 minutes south of the capital Las Palmas and an hour north of the Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas resorts.
From the UK:
The flight time from the UK is approximately 4 hours. Services include easyJet from London Gatwick; British Airways from London Heathrow (not daily); Ryanair from Bournemouth, Bristol, Birmingham, East Midlands, Prestwick, London Luton and London Stansted; Jet2 from Leeds-Bradford, Birmingham and Newcastle; and Monarch from London Luton, London Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester.
There's also a large choice of charter flights from both London and regional UK airports. Skyscanner is a useful website for searching charter flights.
From elsewhere in Europe:
Services include Aer Lingus from Dublin; Air Berlin and Condor from various German cities; Finnair from Helsinki; Swiss Airlines from Geneva and Zurich; Transavia from Amsterdam; and Norwegian Air Shuttle from Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo and Stockholm.
From mainland Spain:
Iberia, Vueling and Air Europa operate flights from cities across mainland Spain (the flight time is approximately 2.5 hours from Madrid). There are also some flights with 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.
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 eggshell-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.