When is the Cheapest Time to Fly to Gran Canaria?
Winter in Gran Canaria would pass for summer in the United Kingdom (UK), so there isn’t much of a seasonal restriction for visitors. Summer and winter, especially over Christmas and New Year’s, are the busiest travel times; flights to Gran Canaria are consequently more expensive. Look for discount last-minute flights during the spring and autumn.
When is the Best Time to Book your Flight to Gran Canaria?
February, March and April, September and October often have cheap flights to Gran Canaria. Avoid flying on a Friday to find the best deals. From mid-December through the end of January, the price for direct flights may rocket skywards as flocks of sun-seekers from Northern Europe book Gran Canaria flights. Make sure to book your flights at least six to eight weeks in advance to avoid this price hike.
Flying to Gran Canaria (LPA)
Located in the Bay of Gando 12 miles (19 kilometres) south of the capital, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria Airport is the largest airport in the Canary Islands and the fifth-largest in Spain. There are return flights from the UK all year with Thomas Cook providing direct flights from London-Gatwick straight to Gran Canaria. You can also use Netflights to compare flights to Gran Canaria from Air Europa, British Airways, Iberia, Norwegian Air and Vueling. You can check-in at many major airports in the UK, including Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds-Bradford, Liverpool, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, London-Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Norwich. You’re likely to find more return flights during the peak summer and winter months. To find the best deals on Gran Canaria flights, use the Netflights comparison tool and search month-by-month.
On Arrival and Getting Around the Airport
There is one main building at Gran Canaria Airport, which is split over three levels. The terminals are all within walking distance of each other. Terminal A operates flights from Europe; Terminal B-C serves non-EU flights and flights from within the Canary Islands. Arrivals enter at ground level and will find a range of amenities there, from tour representatives to currency exchange desks. There are four check-in areas as well as duty-free shopping, a children’s play area, a pharmacy, a bookshop, a chapel and a range of eating and drinking facilities situated near the departures area.
Getting to the City FROM Gran Canaria Airport
Frequent buses, route 60 (Global), connect the airport to Las Palmas with the trip lasting around 30 minutes. Bus 66 runs to Maspalomas and Playa del Ingles, while Bus 5 heads to many poplar resorts along the south coast. Buses depart from the arrivals area of Zone A and C. Car hire offices, taxis and private or shared shuttles can all be found on the ground floor of Zone A. For those wanting to travel in style, there’s also a limo service available.
Why visit Gran Canaria?
Gran Canaria holidays offer something for all kinds of travellers. Whether you’re looking for a dose of beach-side bliss, urban cultural tours or hiking through pristine, natural landscapes, the ‘Island of Eternal Spring’ has it all. Las Palmas is a historic, bustling city with plenty to see and do. Highlights include its Catedral de Santa Ana, charming, colourful streets of the historic quarter and Playa de las Canteras, considered one of the best city beaches in the world.
Gran Canaria is famous for its vibrant nightlife with the resort towns of Playa del Inglés and Maspalomas being two of the most popular and lively. Maspalomas is also famous for its Sahara-like sand dunes. The north of the island is verdant and green, the central region is mountainous, stark and dramatic, and the south is characterised by a desert climate. Criss-crossed by hundreds of hiking trails, it’s a paradise for hikers and nature-lovers. Start looking for flights to Gran Canaria today and make 2020 / 2021 the year you visit paradise.
Don't Forget Before you Fly
As Gran Canaria is part of Spain, the island is part of the European Union for travel purposes, so British passport holders do not need a visa to enter. There are ATMs in the arrivals lounge of Gran Canaria Airport, as well as numerous currency exchange services located on both the ground and first floors. The currency in Gran Canaria is the euro.