Unlike many of Spain's popular holiday destinations where the accommodation options can be miles from the central tourist areas and public transport can be a problem due to the language barrier, getting around Gibraltar is a pleasure due to its land mass being less than 7 square kilometres and the handy cable car that takes you to the top of the Rock. Gibraltar's hotels and holiday apartments are mainly situated around the central commercial district, and even its airport is within walking distance to the main accommodation and entertainment areas.
Gibraltar Transport Options
On Foot – For visitors who are relatively fit and healthy, walking is probably the best form of transport in Gibraltar and a great way to top up the tan. As I have already mentioned, it's possible to get to and from the airport on foot from most of the Rock which is very handy when you have to check out of your hotel and have hours to wait for your flight; just check your luggage into the terminal's left luggage department and head back to the centre or spend your time on the nearby Eastern Beach where you can watch the planes come in to land.
By Bike – Another great transport option to get out and about and explore the many attractions of the Rock is hiring a bicycle. Admittedly there aren't many bike hire companies in Gibraltar but if you ask at your hotel reception or the Tourist Information Bureau they will point you in the right direction. There are further bike hire options in the border town of La Línea de la Concepción which, surprise surprise is also within walking distance of Gibraltar's central district. Hundreds of people make the border crossing on foot and by bike to work each day due to the limited and pricey long term accommodation options on the Rock.
Local Bus – With a total of 9 bus routes and a handy night bus, visitors to Gibraltar can pretty much get to all the attractions, beaches and entertainment areas of the Rock by bus. The different routes start and end from various main terminus's so wherever you are staying it's not much of a walk to get to your nearest terminus. Unfortunately there are no buses that travel to and from La Línea de la Concepción but it's only a short walk over the border crossing for those wishing to use the local La Línea bus service to explore the area.
Taxi – Taxis in Gibraltar are modern and efficient and British visitors don't need to worry about any language barrier as the vast majority of drivers speak perfectly good English. Taxis can be found at the airport terminal, both sides of the border crossing and from the main taxi rank in Grand Casemates Square. Visitors heading out to see the attractions, or for a night on the town will find hotel reception staff will gladly call a taxi for their guests, and should you wish a tour of the attractions, many of the taxi drivers are happy to double as a guide for a fee.
Car Hire – There is a good choice of independent car hire companies throughout Gibraltar and La Línea as well as international companies, the majority based at the airport terminal. Visitors may find independent companies offer a cheaper deal, but for peace of mind it is always best to use the services of a reputable international car hire company such as Avis or Europcar. This is even more important if you are thinking of travelling further afield where breaking down in the middle of nowhere only to find out your policy doesn't include roadside service is not good.
Mobility Scooter Hire – Visitors with disabilities looking for transport options will find a range of mobility scooters, wheelchairs and mobility aids such as crutches and walkers at the Mobility Care Centre, or can find further assistance at the local Red Cross and Citizens Advice Centre. Gibraltar has over 55 disabled parking areas and disabled access at most of the beaches.
Gibraltar Airport – Flying in and out of Gibraltar International Airport is very picturesque, and with frequent strong cross winds, can be very scary too! Once on the ground though, airport formalities are quick and efficient and passengers will find a good range of facilities, lounges, bars, restaurants, shops and transport. Passengers who have a lengthy wait for their flight can choose the option of relaxing in the VIP lounge where, for a fee, there is unlimited snacks and drinks as well as comfortable seating and an outdoor terrace with fantastic views.