Granada to Jaen: Complete Transport Guide [2023]

Are you planning to travel from Granada to Jaen?

This article will give you a detailed overview of all the transport options available, so you can save time and money doing your travel research.

As I have been visiting Granada four times already, and took this connection to Jaen, I can also share lots of practical tips and personal insights that will save you a lot of time and hassle.

Let’s dive in!

Jaen Cathedral, Andalucia, Spain

Granada to Jaen Travel Options

Here is a quick glance view of your transport options for this route, followed by details on each option available:

  • Granada to Jaen by Car: 1 hour via A-44.
  • Granada to Jaen by Bus: 1 hour journey, tickets from 6.46 euros one way
  • Granada to Jaen by Train: 4 hours 15 minutes, tickets from 30 euros one way
  • Granada to Jaen by Taxi: 1 hour journey, price around 140 euros

The Distance from Granada to Jaen

The distance from Granada to Jaen is approximately 90 km (55.9 miles).

1. Granada to Jaen by Car

The fastest route by car is via A-44 straight up north from Granada. The map below shows the journey.

According to the map, there should not be any toll roads on this route.

The journey should take about 1 hour.

Parking in Jaen, Spain

If you’re arriving at a hotel, many of them will offer either free or paid parking within their premises. In the case of private accommodation, the apartments in Jaen are normally in older buildings, with very limited parking options.

Parking on the street is also pretty limited and you might need to drive a bit off to find a free spot.

There are public car parks available in Jaen, marked on the map below.

2. Granada to Jaen by Train

The train connection between Granada and Jaen is not great, despite them being so close.

There is only one train per day offered by Renfe, the national railway company, leaving Granada at 6.32 am and the journey taking a total of 4 hours and 14 minutes.

It is a connecting train and you will need to change in Cordoba.

The train tickets start at 30 euros one way. It’s by far the slowest route available and one that I would not recommend taking.

Jaen city, Andalucia, Spain

Jaen Train Station

The train station is located further away from the city center, and it’s definitely not a walking distance. You will need to get a taxi to get to your accommodation in Jaen.

Jaen train station is pretty small and dated.

Dated might actually be an understatement, the train station looks like it was built in the 80s and has not been renovated ever since.

It has a small waiting room with just a handful of chairs, a booth for buying tickets, and access to the platform. There are no shops or souvenir places, and not even vending machines to buy water.

There are no luggage storage facilities either.

The station has a small taxi rank outside, and the taxis tend to follow the arrivals schedule and park there as soon as a train arrives.

I have included a few photos below.

Jaen train station, Spain
Jaen train station

3. Granada to Jaen by Bus

A bus from Granada is the connection I used on my recent trip. The journey was super smooth and the trip was very affordable.

The national bus company Alsa offers over 10 connections per day, with a journey time of 1 hour.

These buses are direct, either going straight to Jaen or making up to four stops on the way.

The bus ticket prices start at 6.46 euros one way.

You can get the tickets directly from Alsa site, or buy via Omio (linked below).

Get Bus Tickets

The first bus from Granada leaves at 7am and the last one at 9.45 pm. Using the buses is super easy, all you need to remember is to bring your ID when you board the bus as the driver might ask to see it.

You don’t need to print your ticket, simply show the QR code to the driver as you board. There are no extra charges for luggage, unless you’re carrying an excess amount.

Jaen Bus Station

Jaen bus station (Estation de Autobuses de Jaen) is located next to Parque de la Concordia, at Plaza Coca de la Piñera, 6., not far away from the city center. There is a big road – Avenida de Madrid – that will take you all the way to the old town, but it’s an uphill climb.

Here is a full list of the facilities at the Jaen bus station:

  • Luggage lockers
  • Public toilets
  • Waiting room with space for seating
  • Information office
  • Ticket purchase office
  • Cafeteria
  • Taxi rank outside the main entrance, to your right (up to 2 taxis available usually)

If you need a taxi to get to your accommodation and worry there might not be one available, it’s a good idea to save some local taxi numbers you can find online so you can call a taxi on the spot if that is the case. Unfortunately, there is no Uber in Jaen.

Pictures of the bus station are below.

Jaen bus station
Jaen bus station

4. Granada to Jaen by Taxi

If you want a private transfer between the cities, I recommend getting a price quote from Get Transfer.

I have used them a number of times and they always provide great value, especially if there are more passengers sharing the price of the journey.

For this trip, the estimate is around 140 euros, but the price will depend on the date of travel, how far in advance you book and other conditions. You can also request a kid’s car seat with this service, and choose the type of car you want to travel in.

Get a Transport Quote

Final Words

I hope this guide provides all the info you need to book the transport that’s right for you.

If there is something specific you would like to know, feel free to leave a comment below or ask the question in my private Facebook group.

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Southern Spain Travel Planning Guide

Is it safe to drive in Spain?

YES! The roads in Southern Spain are generally in very good condition, with modern highways connecting the biggest cities. To rent a car, I highly recommend Discover Cars, which will get you the best deals on your car rental for your trip.


PUBLIC TRANSPORT — Southern Spain has a well-established and modern network of trains and buses. To get the cheapest bus or train tickets, take a look at Omio to find the timetables and prices.

DAY TRIPS — If you don’t like the hassle of using public transport, local travel companies offer many day trip options from almost all the destinations in Southern Spain. You can check them out here.


BOOKING.COM — I have been using for all my trips in Spain and abroad, and have never had any negative experiences. Their reviews are very accurate and you get the best deals even on apartments, not just hotels.


YES — If you would like to leave your luggage behind to explore the city on your last day, before heading to the airport, you can use Radical Storage service, which lets you book luggage storage options in almost all the destinations in Southern Spain.


YES – You can, of course, use your own card if you have roaming data available. If you want to avoid surprising extra charges from your operator, you can use a service like Airalo, where you can buy digital packs for e-sim cards, avoiding the hassle of sourcing local physical sim cards and extra roaming charges anywhere you go.

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