The majority of Spanish airports offer services from airlines that connect with some of the world's most important cities. Check our search engine to choose the date for your flight, connections between cities and the company with which to fly.
The airports are, in turn, linked with an extensive network of transport for you to get to your final destination by train, taxi, bus or metro. The majority are located less than 20 kilometres from the city centre.
Spain's busiest airports are Madrid, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca and Malaga, followed by Seville, Valencia, Bilbao, Alicante, Santiago de Compostela, Vigo, Gran Canaria and the 2 airports in Tenerife. Madrid, Barcelona and Bilbao have the most beautiful airports, designed by famous architects.
For more information on companies, security guidelines, discounts, baggage limits and check-in, go to the AENA (Spanish Airports and Aerial Navigation) website: http://www.aena.es/csee/Satellite/Home/en/
The international rail network links Spain with Portugal, France, Switzerland and Italy. An original way to come to Spain is on the Elipsos Trenhotel or by taking advantage of tickets like InterRail, Eurail or Rail Plus, that allow you to continue your journey to other European countries. More information on the routes you are interested in and reserve tickets on-line at the RENFE (Spanish National Railways Network) website, or by telephone, on +34 902243402:
From the UK, Brittany Ferries offers services from Portsmouth and Plymouth to Santander and from Portsmouth to Bilbao. The journey time from Portsmouth to Santander is approximately 12 hours.
Ferry services were once run by P&O from Portsmouth to Bilbao and from Plymouth and Southampton to Santander. However, P&O no longer operates these routes.
As well as the UK, Spain is also well connected by Ferry to Northern Africa (particularly Tunisia and Morocco) and the Canary Islands which are owned by Spain. Routes are also naturally available to the Spanish Balearic islands of Mallorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera.
Another popular route is from Barcelona to Genoa.
There is a range of companies offering scheduled services to Spain from different European companies (Germany, Andorra, Belgium, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Slovenia, France, Netherlands, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Moldavia, Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Ukraine). Furthermore, many bus stations in Spain offer connecting services to major airports.
At Movelia there are information on timetables, direct and combined routes and companies, along with on-line reservations and discounts: www.movelia.es
Spain has more than 16,000 kilometres of motorways, some with tolls. There are two types of highway in Spain: autopistas, or motorways, and autovías, which are more akin to expressways. Most autopistas are toll roads while autovías are generally free of charge.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IN SPAIN:
The Spanish National Railway Network (RENFE) connects all the provincial capitals with Madrid, and is operating more and more high speed (AVE) trains. Furthermore, there are also long-distance services and trains between different nearby cities. The AVE high-speed trains also cover greater distances and reach their final destinations in around five and a half hours.
An original option to see Spain by train is the so-called tourist train. Here is information on some of them:
The "Transcantábrico" : A train "cruise" through the north of Spain. From Santiago de Compostela (Galicia) to León (Castile-León).
There are also one-day tourist train routes, such as:
The strawberry train: a pleasant family excursion in the Region of Madrid, on a historic train that takes you as far as Aranjuez.
Sóller Train: an early 20th-century train that covers inland Majorca (Balearic Islands).
Cervantes Train: a literary train journey to Alcalá de Henares, the town where the author of Don Quixote was born.
The La Robla train offers tours through northern Spain in a period train.
All the major cities in Spain are served by taxis, which are a convenient, if somewhat expensive way to get around.
Bus services in Spain run to more than 170 destinations in a maximum journey time of 12 hours - there are a host of companies operating buses over the 16,000+ kilometres of motorways to be found throughout the country.
All the different Spanish provinces are connected with Madrid. It has two major bus stations (Avenida de América and Estación del Sur) with departures to a large number of cities approximately every hour. Barcelona also has excellent connections with the rest of the country. The main stations there are Sants and Paseo de Gracia.
Many stations offer airport connection services.
Spain offers connections by sea to the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands, Ceuta and Melilla.