There are three companies that operate public buses in Gran Canaria: Guaguas Municipales – the operator of the municipal bus service in the city of Las Palmas, Guaguas Guzmán – who operate 5 routes near Galdar in the North-west of the island, and Global – who operate the majority of the longer island-wide routes. The word guagua means bus in the Canary Islands (not in mainland Spain), and its origin is either a corruption of the English word ‘Wagon’, a reference to Wa & Wa Co. Inc. (who exported buses to Cuba in the late 19th century), or simply an onomatopoeia based on the sound that bus horns make.
Paying for your Bus Ticket in Gran Canaria
While there are some rechargeable RFID payment cards available, these are mainly aimed at island residents (a substantial discount is available to residents), and these cards are photo identified and require a time-consuming application process. Users can now pay using contactless smartphone and debit cards on the Global SU routes, however, users may still have to pay using cash on other routes.
Seeing Gran Canaria by Public Bus
While a visitor can make use of Global’s public bus service to visit nearly every coastal town or village on the island, it would be a lot more difficult to visit the villages and scenic locations of the mountainous interior using public transport. For this reason, we recommend that you hire a car if you want to do any mountain hiking or visit Roque Nublo.
Getting to your resort from the Airport
Unlike some of the other Canary Islands, Gran Canaria has an excellent public bus service from the airport to the major tourist resorts. The service even runs through the night to Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés, and from 4am to Puerto de Mogan. If you want the convenience of being dropped off at your hotel, then a pre-booked airport transfer is also an option.
Rather than link to every single bus route timetable, we have linked below to the routes that are most commonly used by tourists, and to the bus operator’s websites.
Route 1 – Las Palmas to Puerto de Mogan via Gran Canaria Airport, San Agustin, Playa del Ingles, Maspalomas, Meloneras, Arguineguin and Puerto Rico.
Route 5 – Las Palmas to Maspalomas via Gran Canaria Airport, San Agustin and Playa del Ingles.
Route 50 – Las Palmas to Maspalomas Direct.
Route 60 – Las Palmas to Gran Canaria Airport Direct.
Route 66 – Gran Canaria Airport to Maspalomas via San Agustin and Playa del Ingles
Route 90 – Telde to Maspalomas via Gran Canaria Airport (some buses go as far as Puerto Rico, Tauro and Playa del Cura).
Route 91 – Las Palmas to Puerto de Mogan via Gran Canaria Airport, Arguineguin, Puerto Rico and Playa de Amadores.
Route 103 – Las Palmas to Puerto de las Nieves (Agaete)
The rest of Global’s routes and timetables can be found here.
Guaguas Municipales routes and timetables can be found here.
Guaguas Guzmán’s routes and timetables can be found here.
How to get to Playa del Ingles from Gran Canaria Airport
How to get to Maspalomas from Gran Canaria Airport
How to get to Puerto de Mogan from Gran Canaria Airport
How to get to Puerto Rico from Gran Canaria Airport