By Elaine | July 12, 2011
I’m sitting waiting for my bus with Alsa from Madrid to Granada. I’m so excited to see Granada! I have heard two main things about it: 1) The Alhambra, the Moorish Palace and 2) Tapas, appetizers given with beverages in large portions for free! I’m all over that!
To Buy Bus Tickets For GRANADA:
You can book your bus tickets online with Alsa. www.alsa.es I tried booking online the previous night, but I needed to have verified by Visa security set-up, and not just the 3 digits on the back of my credit card. They do not accept credit card payments at most bus stations I found. There was no credit card payments accepted in Madrid, Granada, or Tarifa! Bring cash!
Estación Sur de Madrid (South Station)
Street: Méndez Álvaro, 83.
Telephone: (0034) 91 468 4200
To get to Estación Sur de Madrid (South Station) you take the Metro to Méndez Álvaro (Grey Line, L6, Circular) and exit directly into the bus station.
There were two options I had in getting to Granada with either taking the bus First Class or the Regular Class. The First Class bus was leaving at 9:00 a.m., took 4 hours and would cost €38. The Regular Class bus from Madrid to Granada was leaving at 9:30 a.m., would be 5 hours and would cost €16.68. It’s really up to you in which bus you want to take, but as living on a permanent vacation costs more, I figured it would be wiser to take the Regular Class and use the money for drinks with free Tapas!!! Ole!
An hour and half longer is really not much of a difference anyways! I booked a hostel in Granada for €18 for one night! It looked pretty good, not that I was searching and searching. I used www.hostelworld.com which is the same hostel reservation system I used for two nights in NYC. Where will I go the following day? No idea! Everything is up in the air, and I’m playing it all by ear. Living in the moment with no real plans. I have to tell you though, I’m so grateful to be going to Granada, especially after all of my city trips of walking up and down the streets these last few months in London, Paris and New York City. My family for some reason doesn’t feel sorry for this tiredness I feel. LOL It’s hard work being a Permanent Vacationer I tell ya! I’m ready to lie on a sun-chair and lather on the sunscreen at some point on this trip, splash around in the sea while having mountains in the background. Asi es la vida! ( That’s life!) Si o no?