I was recently on a 17 day day trip around Spain for my summer trip and I had a goal in mind to go “all out” when it comes to exploring and touring – So while I was in Granada I decided to visit Cordoba, another beautiful location in Spain but very small. The reason behind my visit was because I wanted to see one of the most popular landmarks which is the Mosque Cathedral of Cordoba, it is visited by thousands of people in a day and knowing that I was only 2 hours away by bus I couldn’t pass this up. I was not going to fly or rent a car, so my only option left was to take a bus – at first I was terrified that it was going to be a bus where I was going to be all cramped up with people and barely any air conditioning flowing but after doing my research they offer a variety of busses for those willing to pay a little extra for more comfort and I sure payed the extra money so I could enjoy my ride to Cordoba.
Upon my arrival to the Bus station in Granada the line was fairly big and I had a 10:30am departure to catch my bus. They had a total of 6 paying stations but only 2 open which was a huge downfall – the line kept getting bigger and I was also hoping the seats for the morning departure on the luxury bus wouldn’t get sold out. Keep in mind you can buy the tickets in advanced but I preferred to buy mine at the station so I could ask questions to the agent and have all my questions answered without confusion. The station also offers an electronic way of payment but it takes only Credit cards and to be safe, I skipped that option and paid my ticket with cash when my turn came around. The prices may vary by the bus you choose and the route you’re wanting to go, that is something you have to look for yourself to avoid any confusion.
Once you have paid your ticket you can proceed to the departure hall by taking a right and following the stairs going down towards the “Wait Zone area” within that area you will be able to find the restrooms, little stores selling water, snacks. The wait zone area also has an Internet room where you pay a certain fee to use the internet, if you would like to connect and check your emails – it is nothing fancy but I am sure it gets the job done for a quick browse of the net.
Departure Hall view.
The Journey from Granada To Cordoba begins.
Once the time of departure comes around you will be able to walk outside where the Busses are parked up. Each bus has their own spot to park depending their destination – you will be able to find which one is your bus by looking at your ticket as it will tell you the bus # and location. Keep an eye on the numbers above so you are aware of which bus to board.
The boarding process goes fairly fast and before you know it you will be on your way. Before you board the bus there will be a staff member on duty stamping your ticket – This will ensure him that the passenger is on board as they do a head count to make sure nobody is missing. On your ticket you will find the seat you have been assigned so make sure you pay close attention to that so you don’t end up sitting in someone else’s seat. The configuration of the bus is 1 and 2 – I selected the left hand side of the bus which has only one seat.
Once on Board visuals.
- The bus service was very pleasant and I truly enjoyed my ride to Cordoba. The ride was about 2 hours and 30 minutes and it flew by. The bus is smooth and quiet so you won’t be bothered by the noise of it.
- The driver was extremely friendly and attentive making sure we were all ok and incase we needed anything he will help us in anyway we can, which is always greatly appreciate it.
- The bus features WIFI free of charge, how cool is that? I was able to stay connected the whole way there and respond a few emails. The password and username for the wifi are usually on the front of the bus, so make sure when you board it to gather the info so you are connected right away. Keep in mind that sometime it lags and thats because of certain areas you’re cruising by.
- There is no crew on board for this route but on other buses when the journey is longer than 2 hours, you will see crew on board to serve you something to drink and eat.
- Upon boarding the bus, the driver will hand you a goodie bag with the following items: Headphones, Water, Peanuts and a popular spanish pastry.
- The bus is has a restroom and it can be located in the middle of the cabin by going down a few steps. It is very clean and well maintained.
- Throughout the cabin of the bus you will find a monitor where it shows our current route and location, very similar to an airshow you would find on a plane, that was a nice touch as well.
- If you are traveling with suitcases they will be secure and safe on the baggage compartment of the bus, you can collect them as soon as you arrive to your final destination.
- The seats of the bus are extremely comfortable and they also recline, I was able to catch a bit of sleep and I have zero complaints about it.
- We left on time and we arrived ahead of schedule, which is another important factor.
Overall, I am very pleased with this service and when I return to Spain later in the year – I am looking forward to using this service once again for other exotic and fun destinations in Spain like Malaga and Minorca.
Have you used this service before? If so, how was your experience?