Transport Guide: Ways to get around Spain by Air, Rail and Road

By Arwa Munnaverali | 02, Nov, 2018
Transport Guide: Ways to get around Spain by Air, Rail and Road

If you are a newbie and unsure of finding your way around the country, fret not. There are a variety of options that you can use to get from one city to the other.

Before I get into the nitty-gritty of the means and availability of transportation available in Spain, here's a list of airlines that you could use to fly yourself to Spain:

  • Air France
  • British Airlines
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Emirates Airlines
  • Etihad Airways
  • Lufthansa
  • Qatar Airways
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Turkish Airlines

Now let's get into the different means of getting around Spain.

By Air

Spain being a vast country, one of the speediest and most convenient ways to cover ground is by air.

There are airports in each region and majority of them deal with both international and domestic flights. Iberia Airlines is the chief Spanish airline and it offers both types of flights.

Spain offers quite a few domestic airlines that could solve all your long distance transport snags:

Useful contact numbers to have with you as an aid:

  • Madrid Barajas Airport


Contact: +34 91 321 1000

  • Barcelona Airport


Contact: + 34 90 240 4704

  • Malaga Airport


Contact: + 34 90 240 4704

  • Iberia Airlines


Contact: + 34 902 40 05 00

  • Spanair


Contact: + 34 902 13 14 15

  • Air Europa


Contact: + 34 902 401 501

  • Vueling


Contact: + 34 807 200 100


By Rail

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The Spanish rail network has collectively around 15,000 km of a track which provides quite a few rail transport means for travelers looking to go about in a fast and easier transportation mode.

AVE is Spain's fastest bullet train and covers vast areas of the country linking numerous regions.

Fun fact: It reaches a speed of more than 300kph!

For timetables, connections and ticket purchases you can visit and for more detailed insights into rail travel in Spain.


By Road

Spain has a wide-ranging road grid including up-to-date highways (toll motorways, freeways, and dual carriageways) that have been recently built or newly renovated which makes it more efficient to drive safely and comfortably.

There are a plethora of car rental companies that offer car rental services in Spain. They can be pre-booked online or upon arrival at airports, bus and train stations.

Car Rental Companies

  • Hertz
  • Avis
  • Europcar
  • Pepe Car

Spain's public coach service is efficient and allows you to travel with ease, with different lines casing long-distance routes quite often.

Coach companies also provide short-distance travel and sightseeing tours plus tailored routes that offer the option of stopping in different landmarks, making the itinerary customized according to the traveler's plan.

Picture Credit: Busbud

Duration and distances by bus:

  • Barcelona-Bilbao (620km): 6hr
  • Barcelona-Zaragoza (311km): 3hr
  • Barcelona-Seville (1015km): 11hr
  • Madrid-Santiago (600km): 6hr
  • Madrid-Granada (428km): 5hr
  • Bilbao-Santiago (679km): 7hr
  • Seville-Malaga: (220km): 3hr

To ease your booking process by checking which bus service is covering your desired route you can visit Movelia.

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