Ins and outs
Almería has an international airport served by flights from Britain, Ireland, Germany and other European countries as well as from within Spain. Almería’s bus and train stations are adjacent, a short walk to the east of the centre. While there are few trains running, the buses connect the city effectively with the rest of the province and other destinations in Andalucía and Spain.
Almería’s airport is 8 km east of the centre, and connected by the No 14 bus from the Rambla near the intersection with C Dr Gregorio Marañón. These run every 20 mins Mon-Fri, and every 40 mins Sat- Sun (€1). It’s €15-20 in a cab. The airport is served to and from London by both Easyjet and Ryanair. Monarch flies to and from London Luton, Birmingham and Manchester, and BMI Baby to and from East Midlands.There are other charter flights here from both Britain and Germany, while Ryanair also fly direct from Dublin. AirBerlin fly between here and many European destinations via their Mallorca hub. There are several daily connections to Madrid and Barcelona, as well as a daily flight to Zaragoza and to Melilla, a Spanish town on the Moroccan coast. For airport information, call T950-213700.
For bus information, T950-210029. Almería’s new bus station is adjacent to the train station a short walk east of the centre.
Within Almería province, there are 4 daily departures (2 on Sun) for San José in Cabo de Gata (1 hr, €3.16), one of which (Mon and Sat only) continues to Isleta del Moro. To Cabo de Gata village, there are 6 daily buses (45 mins, €2.15). To Rodalquilar and Las Negras, a daily bus (except Sun) makes the trip (2 hrs, €3.92). One also leaves direct to Agua Amarga (2 hrs, €4.34). There are 4 buses to Carboneras on weekdays but only 1 on Sat and Sun.
On Mon-Fri, a daily bus leaves to Laujar, and there’s a daily bus (2 at weekends) to Ugijar in the Granadan Alpujarras.
Mojácar is served by 2-5 daily buses (1-2 hrs, €5.50), while Tabernas gets up to 7 weekday buses but fewer at weekends (30 mins).
A couple of daily buses go to Níjar, Sorbas, Vélez Blanco and Vélez Rubio.
Within Andalucía, there are daily buses to Cádiz (€42.37), Córdoba (€24.33), Sevilla (€31.07, 3 daily) and Jaén (€16.62, 2 daily). More frequent connections include Málaga (5-7 daily, €15.86) and Granada (5-7 daily, €11.90, 2 hrs).
Outside Andalucía, there are several daily departures for Murcia, Madrid (€28.07, 6-7 hrs), and Barcelona via Alicante.
Apart from airport agencies, a good local dealer is Almericar, C Rueda López 17, T950-234966, http://www.almericar.com.
Almería is an important ferry port that connects Spain with Morocco and Algeria. In summer, there are several daily departures to Melilla, a Spanish port on the Moroccan coast, to nearby Nador in Morocco itself, and to Ghazaouet and Oran in Algeria. In winter, ferries are less frequent. It is important to check all departures at the port itself as schedules change frequently. The information desk at the passenger port, which is opposite C Real, is very helpful.
At the time of writing, there was a daily departure from Almería to Melilla with Trasmediterránea (T902-454645, http://www.trasmediterranea.es). The same company also travels to Nador in Morocco, near Melilla, and, in summer, Ghazaouet and Oran in Algeria. Ferrimaroc (T950- 274800, http://www.ferrimaroc.com) and Berkane (T950-620303, http://www.comarit.com) also do the Nador route. The crossing takes 7-8 hrs and costs from €43 for a seat, and from €68.50 per person for a double cabin. SNCM, T950-274800, http://www.sncm.fr, also do the Oran route.
For train information, T950-251135.
Almería’s beautiful art nouveau train station unfortunately doesn’t see too much action. There are 4 daily departures to Granada (2 hrs 15 mins, €14.45), and Sevilla (5 hrs, €34.60), 2 to Madrid (6 hrs 30 mins, €40.80), and 1 to Barcelona every couple of days (13 hrs, €56.90).