Spanish is the main language spoken in Granada. English and, to a lesser extent, French are also fairly widely spoken. Tourist information, menus, etc. are nearly always available in English, French, and German.
GENERAL SAFETY ADVICE FOR VISITORS
Granada is a safe city, with almost no violent crime. However, general safety precautions should be followed. If you walk around any tourist spot, be vigilant of your handbags and wallets.
Banks are usually open from 8:30h to 14:00h, Monday to Friday.
All major international credit cards are accepted. Foreign currency and traveller checks can be exchanged at bank and foreign exchange offices. ATMs accept any major international credit card and charge cards are available at most banks. The Spanish currency is the Euro.
There is a variable value added tax (VAT) of 10% to 21% applied to most items and services. Most prices already include it. In the exceptional case they don’t, it should be clearly indicated.
Normal trading hours are Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 13:30 and 16:30 to 20:00. However, many shops stay open from 10:00 to 21:00 in the city centre and shopping malls.
Although optional, tips are readily accepted. If the service is good, round up the bill anywhere from 5% to 10% and leave it in cash.
GRANADA BUS SYSTEM
The bus network around the city is really good. A High Capacity Line (LAC) connects all the city centre with buses readily available every 5 minutes. This line is interwoven along its route with lower frequency lines that can get you to every corner of the city. The average waiting time is usually 10 to 15 minutes in these other lines. Both services operate approximately from 7:00 to 23:00.
If you want to check the time tables, the current state of any line or plan your trip through the city, please follow the links to the official homepages here and here. Unfortunately, there is no English version available but they are fairly simple to navigate. You can download the bus network map directly from here.
If you are going to use the LAC, you must buy the ticket before you get on the bus. There are ticket vending machines at every LAC stop and you can pay in cash or use your credit card. In any other case, you buy the ticket from the bus driver. A single ticket cost 1.20€. Children under 6 travel for free.
Although you can buy your tickets individually, we highly recommend you to get a Credibus card. The bus drivers sell them with the exception of the LAC drivers. You can buy them in newspaper kiosks or tobacconist shops too. The card gets you cheaper fares, 0.79€ per trip, and costs 5, 10 or 20€, plus a refundable fee of 2€. Subsequent recharges are available for the same prices.
Ticket or Credibus validation
If you are going to use the LAC, you must validate your ticket or Credibus card before you get on the bus. The ticket vending machines or special validation machines at every LAC stop can do that for you.
Free bus transfers
You can transfer from one bus line to another for free during a 60 minute period.
Dialling the number 958 280 654 is the fastest way to get you a taxi. You can call at any hour and the taxi will come to your location in a few minutes. Of course, you can pick one up at any taxi stand around the city or flag down one in the street. Always check that the taximeter is running. Taxis must usually be paid in cash although some accept credit cards.