Travel around in Spain

Here you find some usefull information about travelling around in Spain. We try too keep information as much up-to-date as possible. Please report if information is out-dated.

By plane (avion)

Main airports in Spain are: Madrid, Málaga, Santiago de Compostela and Palma de Mallorca (Balearic Islands). The biggest Spanish airline is Iberia with an extensive network all over Spain. Spanair and Air Europa have a fine coverage. Don't forget to check price fighter Vueling, offering interesting rates, especially hen booked in advance.

Airlines in Spain
Iberia
Spanair
Air Europa
Clickair
Vueling

By bus (autobús)

Duration by bus to and from different cities in Spain:

From To Duration (aproximately)
Barcelona Madrid 7,5 hours
  Seville 16 hours
Valencia 5 hours
Zaragoza 4 hours
Granada Madrid 5 hours
San Sebastián 12 hours
Seville 3 hours
Madrid Alicante 5 hours
Barcelona 7,5 hours
Córdoba 4,5 hours
Granada 5 hours
Málaga 6 hours
  San Sebastián 6 hours
  Santiago de Compostela 9 hours
  Seville 6 hours
  Zarragoza 4 hours
San Sebastián Barcelona 6 hours
Granada 12 hours
Madrid 6 hours

 

 

Tickets

Tickets can be bought at the central busstation. Every company has his own ticket box there. For actual travelling timetables and ticket fares you can check the website of the bus company. There are a lot of different ones, the most important are:

Alsa
Auto res
Continental Auto

 

 

 

By train (tren)

Travelling by train in Spain is usually a bit more expensive than busses, but for the longer trips it's more convenient. There are a lot of different types of trains. There are fast connections between the north and the south (Intercity and AVE), slower regional connections (e.g. Estrella and Diurno) and around bigger cities there's the local network called Cercanías. Got to www.renfe.es to find out about these different networks, timetables and fares.

By metro

Madrid, Barcelona and Bilbao have an excellent underground railway system. Check the following websites for more information:

Madrid metro website metro plan
Barcelona metro website metro plan
Bilbao metro website metro plan

By car (coche)

The most convenient way of travelling by car is via the tollways (vía de peaje). The autopista network is expanding. To see the current status, toll fees and constructions, check out the ASETA website. Toll payment can be made by cash, creditcard or Electronic Toll Collection (ETC). ETC can only be used if you have a special "On Board Equipment" (OBE) device. This can be obtained via the financial institution of the user. To find out which financial institutions issue OBE's, visit www.viat.es.

Distance table:

   Almería
Barcelona
809
 Barcelona
Bilbao
958
620
 Bilbao
Burgos
800
583
158
 Burgos
Córdoba
332
908
795
637
 Córdoba
Granada
166
868
829
671
166
 Granada
Jaén
228
804
730
572
104
99
 Jaén
León
896
784
359
201
733
761
668
 León
Madrid
563
621
395
237
400
434
335
333  Madrid
Málaga
219
997
939
781
187
129
209
877
544
 Màlaga
Oviedo
1014
902
304
322
851
885
786
118
451
995
 Oviedo
Salamanca
763
778
395
237
529
631
532
197
212
756
315
 Salamanca
S.Sebastián
1032
529
119
232
869
903
804
433
469
1013
423
469
 S.Sebastián / Donostia
Santander
956
693
108
156
793
827
728
293
393
937
207
363
227
 Santander
Segovia
650
650
355
197
497
521
422
245
87
631
363
164
429
359  Segovia
Sevilla
422
1046
993
775
138
256
242
671
538
219
789
474
1007
837
560
 Sevilla
Toledo
526
692
466
308
320
397
298
392
71
507
510
234
540
464
158
458
 Toledo
Valencia
460
349
633
517
545
519
455
685
352
648
803
564
594
673
439
697
372
 Valencia
Valladolid
756
663
280
122
578
627
528
134
193
737
252
115
354
248
111
589
258
545
 Valladolid
Zaragoza
758
296
324
287
725
759
660
488
325
869
604
482
268
397
354
863
396
326
367
 

Car rental in Spain

The bigger (international) car rental companies are located at main airports and in the bigger cities. An efficient way of travelling is to fly to airport A, rent a car, bring the car back at airport B and fly back home from airport B. This requires some puzzling online, but saves a lot time at the end.

Hotels and hostels in Spain

Apartments in Barcelona, Spain

 


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