Travelling on a night bus between Benidorm and Granada with ALSA coaches and the #ALSAPASS
I’m feeling very lucky that I’m able to make this post. It is still a “pinch me moment” that only a couple of weeks ago we had no idea that we’d be travelling to Seville and Granada, two places in Spain that we love. Even more so, the fact that we would be working alongside ALSA and Granada Tourism whilst we were there.
Day One began very, very early. So early, that it merged into the day before. Our coach departure was at 2:35a.m so that meant no time for sleeping in a bed. We headed straight for the number 3 bus at 12:10 which takes you to the bus station.
The bus station in Benidorm is really easy to navigate around. Though, it is eerily quiet so late at night. The gates are well marked so we didn’t have any difficulties finding our coach.
The ALSA coaches are fully equipped. I spent a lot of the journey sleeping, knowing that later on that day we’d have a filled day of museums, parks, bars and exploration. The buses are dark overnight without any harsh lighting, so sleeping is made easier. Although we’d been to Granada before, it felt like we were going for the first time.
Last time, we spent a lot of time in bars and bookshops and just generally sulking that we didn’t have tickets to The Alhambra. This time would be different. I had done some googling and even though we didn’t have Alhambra tickets again, we did have tickets to some of the most interesting looking buildings and museums, that I could almost kick myself for not visiting before!
At the bus station, the staff are around to point you in the right direction. They are helpful and approachable. There is also a café that is open all night serving food and snacks.
The ALSA coaches and seats are really comfortable, I didn’t have any trouble sleeping. There are USB chargers and plug chargers for phones, so if you aren’t able to sleep as easy as I am, you can charge your phone and use it for hours on end without having to worry about losing battery.
On board, there are individual televisions, all of which have a selection of movies, music and TV shows. They’re also available in English. Entertainment on board makes a journey so much smoother and much more enjoyable. If I wasn’t so tired, I’d have definitely made more use of the entertainment systems. Alex did watch a movie, I don’t know how he kept awake!
The journey took six and a half hours. Departing Benidorm Bus Station and arriving at Granada Bus Station. We had a few stops where the light briefly turns on, less worrying that you’ll miss your stop. Unless you’re that heavy of a sleeper!
We learnt from the last time that you have a much more pleasant sleep if you set a quiet alarm for around the time you should be arriving. That way, if you are a deep sleeper, you know you’ll be woken up by the alarm so you can have an undisturbed sleep, without panicking that you’ll miss your stop.
I woke up just as the sun started to rise, I’m sure my body is in tune, after quite an okay sleep! I mean, nothing compares to a bed but it wasn’t bad. I managed to get a decent 6 hours sleep and only 2 interruptions. The journey went so quick!
My neck cushion from Dealz was an absolute lifesaver, only 1.50€ and it provided so much support. I’d never used one before so didn’t want to splash out for it to be a waste. Well, the Dealz one was good so I think an upgrade will be in order for the next trip!
I absolutely love that by travelling on the bus, you can see so many things that you wouldn’t usually see.
We also had a convenience stop for 15 minutes, but I slept through that!
Arriving by bus is so much more convenient than other public transport methods. The bus station is located near to the centre of Granada, so it provides ease of access to the rest of the city. A taxi into the centre costs around €8, or you can take a 35 minute walk.
We arrived at 9:00, so we had a full day ready to explore. We were in Granada. Our first day was about to unfold.
We used the ALSAPASS 7 day for 99€ which provides unlimited travel throughout Spain for 7 days. Terms and conditions do apply so make sure you read up on it first!
We had an absolutely fantastic experience with ALSA again and I hope we can collaborate again in the future.
This post was made in collaboration with ALSA coaches. My ALSAPASS was supplied to me thanks to ALSA, however, the views stay entirely my own. I would not recommend an experience that I have not previously done and enjoyed myself.