Car Hire & Resort Transfers

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    As we are "out of season" our response rates are currently much slower than usual, however we endeavour to respond to enquiries on a weekly basis. ACCOMMODATION: The majority of hotels and apartments don´t release rates until the Autumn. However, we are able to book some of the most popular choices for you now, so let us know your requirements and we will get back to you as soon as we can. TUITION: Enquiries will be responded to from the beginning of November, but please do send in your requirements as soon as you know them as we will respond in order of receipt of your request. Provisional rates for 2017-18 are now posted on our website for your reference.

Sierra Nevada - How To Get Here

Granada AirportSierra Essence takes the strain away from getting to the ski resort and reserves your own hire car, private taxi or minibus transfer to and from your accommodation.

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Hire car versus Taxi

The most convenient way of getting to Sierra Nevada is by hire car or taxi as public transport is limited.

A taxi for four between Malaga airport and the resort including the return journey costs 362€. We can book this for you. Hiring a car is cheaper, but you need to factor in:

- Petrol costs
- Parking costs in the resort (if no parking space is included with your accommodation). The public car park costs 16-20€ per day depending on the dates of your visit. For all parking options please see parking.
- You won´t need a car whilst you are staying in the resort unless you are planning a day-off from skiing to go down to Granada or visit the famous Alhambra Palace (we can arrange tickets if required)
- Sometimes snow chains are needed to reach the resort (more about this below)
- Some clients have reported very long delays waiting for their car hire at the airport

A special note for those staying in rental apartments rather than a hotel:

If after checking-out on your departure day you intend to ski for the day before heading home, please note that there is nowhere in the resort where you can store luggage. In this case, a hire car will enable you to store your luggage until you are ready to leave. (If you stay in a hotel, you will be able to leave your luggage at reception till the end of the day).

Car Hire and Snow Chains

The mountain road is really good all the way up to the resort itself. The only thing to bear in mind is that if you happen to be arriving or departing when it´s actually snowing or has just snowed on the mountain road then you may well need snow chains. The road is cleared very quickly after each snowfall, and often if it is snowing on the slopes it´s only falling as rain on the road. We recommend checking the weather forecast a day or two before your visit and only worry if snow is forecast below 2000m altitude.


Chains can be acquired from most petrol stations around Granada and on the mountain route up to the resort. Along the Granada bypass there are two car stores that also sell chains, called "Tiendas Aurgi" (on the Malaga junction), and "Centers Auto" (on the Armilla Junction). In the resort there are a couple of places that also sell chains, but there is often a higher markup in price than down in Granada!

Sierra Essence and the British Ski Center have arranged discounted rates for our clients with the following companies with bases at Malaga airport and across Andalucia:

Rhino Car Hire - 5%     |     Sixt Rent-a-Car - 10%


Taxis & Private Minibus Hire

Sierra Essence can pre-arrange taxi & minibus transfers for you at the following rates, (2016-17):


Granada City - Sierra Nevada Granada Airport - Sierra Nevada Malaga Airport - Sierra Nevada
1-4 PAX 65.00€ 95.00€ 181.00€
5-6 PAX 80.00€ 130.00€


7-8 PAX N/A N/A 271.00€
9-12 PAX N/A N/A 320.00€
13-16 PAX N/A N/A 365.00€

Mini-Bus services to/from Malaga Airport & Sierra Nevada are available depending on the number of people travelling starting from 350 Euros return trip. Please ask for a quotation! 

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Public Buses to Sierra Nevada from Granada's Main Bus Terminal:

The public bus service operated by ALSA buses running to/from the ski resort is relatively limited to three trips per day and four over the weekends. The cost is 5.00 euros for a one-way trip and 9.00 euros for the return trip with operating times as follows, (2016-17):

Granada - Ski Resort Public Bus Service Information Line: +34 958 465022

 Granada Main Bus Terminal - Ski Resort Bus Park

Ski Resort Bus Park - Granada Main Bus Terminal

Mon - Fri: 8am, 10am, 5pm Mon - Fri: 9am, 4pm, 6.30pm
Sat & Sun: 8am, 10am, 3pm, 5pm Sat & Sun: 9am, 1pm, 4pm, 6.00pm

ALSA buses operate 10 to 14 services daily from Granada Airport to Granada's main bus terminal. The current cost is 2.70€ per trip.


Spain has several international airports available for you to choose from. For Sierra Nevada, the nearest and most convenient airport is Granada which currently receives direct flights from the UK with British Airways from London City.

Malaga is the next most convenient airport, although it is perfectly feasible to fly into Seville, Jerez, Almeria, Alicante, Murcia and even Madrid airports. The roads in Spain these days are generally very good and extremely well signed. Getting to Sierra Nevada is easier by car than by public transport.

To help you plan your route please refer to the following directions from the various airport options:

Airport Name

Approx. Time to Resort



50 minutes (about 70kms)

On leaving the airport, you will be filtered directly on to the motorway, (A92) - turn right, in the direction of Granada, NOT Malaga! On reaching the motorway, keep in the right-hand lane as it will almost immediately filter off to the right - signed "Santa Fe" & "Sierra Nevada".

From here continue along the dual-carriageway through Santa Fe and a BP petrol station on the left hand side, ultimately reaching the Granada bypass motorway with clear signs to Sierra Nevada highlighted in brown. 



>2 Hours (about 180kms)

Leave the airport, initially following directions to Motril along the N340. A short while afterwards, whilst rounding Malaga city, take the turnoff for Antequera onto the N331. From here the road winds up through the Malaga hills and after several miles, as you climb to a brow, there are clear signs to Granada branching off onto the A359 and then the A92.

NOTE: Look out for the slip road just after passing the Granada airport turnoff. This is signed to "Santa Fe" and "Sierra Nevada".

See the final paragraph under directions from Granada airport for the remaining directions... 



3 Hours (about 300kms)

Take the A92 following signs to Antequera and Granada. Avoid taking the N-IV to Cordoba! Once you have reached Antequera continue following signs for Granada.

See the "NOTE" section under directions from Malaga airport for the remainder of the journey. 

Jerez De La Frontera


>4 Hours (about 320kms)

Look for signs to Arcos de la Frontera on the A382. This will take you via Olvera and Campillos before reaching Antequera from where there are clear signs to Granada.

See the "NOTE" section under directions from Malaga airport for the remainder of the journey.

NOTE: From Cadiz the most direct and fastest route would be to take the motorway to Jerez and follow the above directions, rather than following the coastal road via Gibraltar, Marbella and Malaga. This will add approximately another 20 minutes to the journey time. The coastal route mentioned would take approximately 4.5 - 5 hours depending on the traffic which can get congested at times. 



4 - 5 Hours (Via the A7, about 400kms)

Follow signs to Murcia from where it is signed to Granada and Almeria along the N340.

Follow the road past Lorca and Puerto Lumbreras until the motorway splits. Keep right following signs to Granada. DO NOT go to Almeria! You will now be on the A92 which will take you directly to Granada via Guadix.

NOTE: Once you approach Granada you will need to take the Granada/Jaen turnoff. Take care here as it is a split junction and comes upon you quickly if you are not paying close attention. The first slip road heads on to Jaen whilst the second, (some 100 metres on), goes to Granada.

From here you will be taken onto the Granada bypass from where there are plenty of signs to Sierra Nevada. 



3.5 - 4 Hours (about 370kms)

The N340 motorway is clearly signed to Granada and Almeria. Follow the directions given under the Alicante section



2.5 Hours (about 230kms)

Follow the motorway north in the direction of Guadix. From here there are clear directions to Granada on the A92.

Follow the remaining directions as detailed under "NOTE" in the Alicante section above. 



4.5 - 5 Hours (about 480kms)

Follow signs to the N-IV heading via Valdepeñas. Shortly after passing the very windy section through the "Despeñaperros" national park, which marks the boundary into Andalucia, you will approach Bailen. Here, keep a lookout for the turnoff to Jaén and Granada on the N323, (Autovia de Sierra Nevada). Be careful not to continue on to Córdoba!

From here, follow signs directly into Granada from where you will find clear signs to Sierra Nevada. 

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