Gran Canaria Airport Transfers & Taxis
The taxi rank at Gran Canaria airport is located just outside the terminal building, near to the exit of the arrivals hall, and is well signposted. In the Canary Islands, each administrative region has separate taxi fleets, although Gran Canaria now has an integrated website for all regions and is available in seven languages. The taxis have various liveries depending on which municipality operates them, usually with a different colour roof or a diagonal stripe on the doors.
A driver can only pick up a passenger in their municipality, but they can take you to any destination on the island. Some visitors find it odd that a vacant taxi doesn’t stop when they try and flag it down, but it is usually because they have dropped off somebody in a different area and are then not allowed to pick up a return fare.
The drivers depend on their vehicles for their livelihood and they are generally kept in pristine condition. They might seem to drive very casually, and sometimes they are fast, but they rarely take the risk of damaging their vehicle. They will usually slow down if you ask them.
The vehicles are all fitted with a meter that charges a government set rate. However, the companies all offer tours to various places on the island for which they will give you a set price in advance.
Standard cars can only seat four people but there are larger seven-seater vehicles on the fleet for larger parties. You can phone or go online to ask for one of these but availability is not guaranteed. The better option for bigger groups is to book a private transfer in advance.
There are two set rates for taxis and which rate is used will depend on the day of week or time you travel.
- Rate 1: This operates from 06:00 to 22:00 Monday to Saturday
- Minimum charge - €3.15
- Price per km - €0.55
- Price per 15 minutes - €3.76
- Waiting time per hour - €15.05
- Rate 2: This operates Monday to Saturday from 22:00 to 06:00, plus Sundays and festivals.
- Minimum charge - €3.45
- Price per km - €0.63
- Price per 15 minutes – €3.76
- Waiting time per hour - €15.05
For any journey starting or ending at the airport, there is a supplement of €1.70. There is also a supplement of €3.00 for travelling on 24th and 31st of December and 5th January, from 10 pm to 10 pm the following day.
Below we have calculated the approximate fares from the airport to some popular destinations. As traffic varies on each journey, calculating the exact figure is not possible.
You can contact the main taxi operator on the details below.
- Telephone: (+34) 928 15 47 77
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: www.socomtaxi.com
Private and Shared Transfers
An alternative and often cheaper option for travelling between the airport and your accommodation is a private or shared transfer. There are many companies offering this service and you book online in advance before you travel.
For a private transfer, you will receive a suitable vehicle for the number of people in your group and driven directly to your destination. For another, more luxurious option, you could choose an executive car with your own chauffeur!
If you opt for a shared transfer it will usually be a large minibus or a coach and, unless you are fortunate enough to be the first drop-off, the journey times are longer as there might be several stops along the way. The benefit is that this is cheaper and you can choose to have no more than four stops instead of the standard maximum of ten stops.
The cost for transfers varies widely depending on the operator, the size of the vehicle and your destination. A private transfer will usually have a ‘meet & greet’ service where the driver will meet you at arrivals with your name on a sign. The price will be a total for the journey, not per head.
Shared transfers are priced per person and the instructions you are given when booking will tell you where to meet, usually in the arrivals hall.
All transfer vehicles and drivers have to be licensed and, whether you choose a private or shared transfer, it is a cost-effective and safe means of transport.
Below is a table with fares you will pay for a private transfer using our company comparisons engine. These rates are applicable day and night; and you can make a booking, or get an up to date quote, by filling out the form at the top of this page.