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stay in Malaga or continue to Granada?

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stay in Malaga or continue to Granada?

My daughter (the student abroad, and my first one out of the nest!) is going to the Univ. of Granada for 6 months. She has NO travel experience. She leaves next Monday with a 10 hour overnight flight to London, a 4 hour layover at Heathrow and then the flight to Malaga, arriving at 19:50 pm Tues. Should she plan to stay in Malaga overnite, or is it possible to forge on to Granada, where there is an all-girl hostel room available. (seems a bit late at night?) She will be traveling alone so needs to keep this as simple and safe as possible. Suggestions on lodging (especially near the bus that would take her from Malaga to Granada) and information on how to GET from the airport to the bus station (or hotel and then bus station) would make this slightly paranoid mom (I mentioned she was our first?) sleep much better back home in the states!

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1. Re: stay in Malaga or continue to Granada?

Think that the last bus from Malaga bus station for Granada leaves around 9pm so unless the flight is on time and a rapid getaway from airport is possible, this may well mean that time to get from airport to Malaga bus station, and find the bus, is too short. After such a journey,I think it would be sensible to rest overnight and proceed to Granada during Wednesday. There are no hotels at the airport itself. So options are to take the airport bus into Malaga city or take a taxi. The city is not really far. Maybe 15 mins in a taxi +- So possibly taking a taxi is going to be much less hassle. Don't know the actual cost but others would give better idea.

Then decide on a place to rest overnight that is within walking distance of the bus station at Malaga. There are a few hotels near to the bus station which is also near the train station. Bear in mind that September is still warm and in these parts, locals and tourists will be enjoying the evening temperatures so there will be activity on the streets until quite late. Many Spaniards would not sit down for an evening meal until after 9pm.

One modern hotel that is part of a chain called TRYP of mainly business type hotels is called TRYP ALAMEDA and you can book

on the net at www.solmelia.com - reckon on Euros 80 about including breakfast. Of course there are others but I regret I do not have any personal knowledge. TRYP hotel is within walking distance of the bus station.

Hope that your daughter has a great time in Andalucia.

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2. Re: stay in Malaga or continue to Granada?

If your daughter is staying overnight in Malaga I suggest that you pre-book a taxi to meet her.

Try www.shuttledirect.com, their driver will meet her in the arrivals hall and she will not have the hassle of finding her own taxi and negotiating the price etc. This is an excellent company and their fares are no more expensive than the Airport taxis. Also you will have the peace of mind knowing that she will be escorted from leaving baggage retrieval to arriving at her chosen hotel. You can reverse the procedure in the morning to take her to the bus station.

There are many "taxi touts" in the arrivals hall who prey on the unwary and she could find herself paying a lot more than the Government regulated fare.

In the meantime I hope that she has a wonderful trip, and you do not have too many sleepless nights.

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3. Re: stay in Malaga or continue to Granada?

Two excellent hotels for an overnight stay are within a few minutes taxi ride from the airport are Ibis (Ibishotel.com) €62 and Novotel (Novotel.com) €74. Both can be pre-booked online.

I am sure the reception staff would help your daughter to arrange transport to the bus station next morning (allow about 30 minutes for morning rush hour traffic)

When your daughter arrives in Malaga, after collecting her baggage and goig through customs (most times non existant), enter the arrivals hall and turn to the right. Exit to the street and immediately outside the door is the taxi rank, usually with lots of cabs.

A bus from Malaga to Granada leaves daily at 0900 (see www.alsinagraells.es)