Transit: Flying Norwegian from Madrid to Gran Canaria

As I pulled my gear together in the Madrid Hostel, I was really looking forward to this flight.  I was heading south! I was heading to a warmer climate, and I was very excited.

Getting to and from the airport in Madrid is kind of straight forward, and mostly easy, because many trains and buses head there.

I thing I did learn about the journey to the airport, is if you arrive by train/ metro there is a surcharge included in your ticket.  So the trip back to the airport cost EUR5.00 but the trip when I arrived cost EUR3.50.

I headed to Sol Metro.  It was about 10 minutes walk.

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It was possible to buy a ticket from the machine with cash or credit card.

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The metro to the airport took about 1 hour in total from Sol.

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I noticed someone getting caught out for not paying the surcharge, so they had to pay the additional sum at the booth before they could exit.

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It was pretty clearly signposted to T2.

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Going through Security was seamless and fast, and I was soon on the other side.

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The coffee did not look very good, so I went without, and just headed to the gate.

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The flight was on time and yay! I could bring my suitcase on! (not like Ryanair recently).

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It was a very full flight and we were off on time.

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It was a smooth take-off over Madrid.

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We flew over Fuertaventura.

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The flight was about 2.5 hours to Gran Canaria.

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The flight arrived on time and disembarking was smooth.

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I headed straight to the bus stop to catch a bus into town.

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Woah, the humidity hit me as I headed outside. Awesome. It was clearly signposted all the way.

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There was an Express Coach into the city.

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And then I had to change to a local bus to get to my Airbnb.

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Unfortunately my Google Maps had saved the address wrong, so I ended up at a completely different address.  But luckily I figured it out, and the real address was 7 minutes walk from there.

Arriving at the Airbnb I quickly learned that it wasn’t the Airbnb I was expecting.  It was an apartment, rented out like a hotel, with a meet-and-greet service, weekly cleaners, and many visitors coming and going.

I really don’t like those Airbnbs, especially if I’m traveling on my own.  I feel they go against the spirit of the original Airbnb idea. But I decided to just deal with it and see how the next 2 weeks would go…


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