Travel to Spain

Flying to Spain

Spain's main carrier is Iberia ( Multiple airlines offer flights to Spain from the UK, including British Airways (, easyJet ( and Ryanair ( American Airlines (, Delta ( and United ( are among the airlines flying direct from the USA.

Flights tend to be most expensive in summer, from June to September. The cheapest time to travel is from November to December (outside of the Christmas season).

Flight times:

To Madrid: from London - 2 hours 20 minutes; New York - 7 hours 15 minutes.

Air passes:

To visit Spain on an air pass, the Visit Europe pass by oneworld ( allows access to over 200 European destinations. For more choices, the Star Alliance Europe Airpass ( serves nearly 300 destinations in more than 40 European countries. Prices are available via their online mileage calculator.

Departure tax:


Airport guides

Airport Code: ALC. Location: Alicante Airport is located 9km (5 miles) south of Alicante. Money: Bureaux de change and ATMs are located within the terminal building, both before and after the... Read more

Airport Code: BCN. Location: Barcelona Airport is located 12km (8 miles) southwest of central Barcelona. Money: Bank branches can be found in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2's B concourse. ATMs and currency exchange... Read more

Airport Code: LPA. Location: Gran Canaria Airport is situated 18km (11 miles) south of Las Palmas, and 25km (16 miles) north of... Money: There are several ATMs available on the first floor of the airport located in both the boarding and... Read more

Airport Code: ACE. Location: Lanzarote Airport is located 5km (3 miles) to the west of Arrecife. Money: There are several ATMs located throughout the airport, and a bureau de change at the Travel 2000... Read more

Airport Code: MAD. Location: Madrid Barajas Airport is located 12km (8 miles) northeast of Madrid. Money: Madrid Barajas Airport has two banks, one in Terminal 2 and another in Terminal 4. There are also... Read more

Airport Code: AGP. Location: Malaga Airport is situated 8km (5 miles) southwest of Malaga city centre, and 5km (3 miles) north... Money: Bureaux de change and ATMs are located in Terminals 2 and 3. Read more

Airport Code: PMI. Location: Palma de Mallorca Airport is located 8km (5 miles) east of Palma de Mallorca. Money: The terminal has a full-service bank (on the fourth floor of departures) and several ATMs. A... Read more

Airport Code: FUE. Location: Fuerteventura Airport is located 5km (3 miles) south of the capital of the island, Puerto del... Money: A bank and various ATMs are available in the terminal building. Read more

Airport Code: VLC. Location: Valencia Airport is located 8km (5 miles) to the west of Valencia. Money: There are ATMs on the ground and first floors of the terminal. Currency exchange facilities are... Read more

Airport Code: SVQ. Location: Seville Airport is located 10km (6 miles) to the northeast of Seville, between the city limits and... Money: There are ATMs in Departures and the boarding area on the first floor of the terminal building. Read more

Airport Code: GRX. Location: The airport is located about 17 km (10.5 miles) west of Granada city centre. Money: ATMs are available in Departures. Read more

Airport Code: XRY. Location: Jerez Airport is located 8km (5 miles) northeast of Jerez de la Frontera. Money: There is an ATM available on the ground floor of the terminal building in the public area. Read more

Airport Code: BIO. Location: Bilbao Airport is located approximately 11km (6.5 miles) north of Bilbao city centre. Money: There are ATMs available both in Departures and Arrivals. Read more

Other airports in Spain

Tenerife North Airport

Airport Code: TFN. Location: The airport is 11km (7 miles) west of Santa Cruz. Website: Public transport description: Bus services depart to the city regularly. Taxi service is available.

Santiago de Compostela Airport

Airport Code: SCQ. Location: Santiago de Compostela's airport is situated 11km (7.5 miles) to the northeast of the city, in the... Website: Public transport description: Empresa Freire SL (tel: (981) 588 111) buses to the city centre run from early morning until late in the evening (journey time - 20 minutes). Taxis to central Santiago de Compostela (journey time - 15 minutes) operate 24 hours.

Travel by rail

The main rail route from the UK is through the Channel Tunnel, with connections from Paris to Spain. Eurostar (tel: +44 1233 617 575, in the UK; operates direct high-speed trains from London to Paris (Gare du Nord).

There are direct trains from France and Portugal to Madrid and Barcelona. Border connections link with the French TGV (high-velocity route) and the rest of the high-velocity routes in Europe. RENFE (tel: +34 902 320 320; operates the Spanish railway network.

Rail passes:

InterRail: offers unlimited first- or second-class travel in up to 29 European countries for European residents of over six months with two pass options. The Global Pass allows travel for 15 days, 22 days, one month, five days in 10 days or 10 days in 22 days across all countries. The One-Country Pass offers travel for three, four, six or eight days in one month in any of the countries except Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro.

Travel is not allowed in the passenger's country of residence. Reductions are available for travellers under 26. Children under 12 are free when travelling with an adult using an Adult Pass. Supplements are required for some high-speed services, seat reservations and couchettes. Discounts are offered on Eurostar and some ferry routes. Available from (tel: +44 844 848 5848, in the UK;

Eurailpass: offers unlimited train travel in up to 28 European countries. Tickets are valid for 15 days, 21 days, one month, two months, three months, five days in 10 days, 10 days in two months or 15 days in two months. The Global Pass allows travel across all participating countries. The Select Pass is valid in four bordering countries. The Regional Pass lets you travel in two bordering countries. The One Country Pass offers travel in one of 27 countries.

Adult passes are valid for first-class travel, while youth passes (under 26) are valid for second-class travel. Children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult using an Adult Pass. The passes cannot be sold to EU citizens or residents. Available from Eurail (

By rail note:

International train travel to Spain is easy and comfortable, although not as affordable as air travel. Most international routes to Spain are long-distance journeys and overnight trains are usually equipped with sleeper cabins.

Driving to Spain

Road conditions in Spain are generally good, but beware of steep and narrow mountain roads. The country is mapped out with well-connected roads, making cities and towns easily accessible by car.

The major driving routes into Spain cut through the French and Portuguese borders. The N-I links the French border to Madrid (via Burgos and Irún) and the N-II to Barcelona (via Zaragoza). From Portugal, the southern route via the coast, E1 (A49), passes through Seville, Huelva and Faro; while the northern route, E90 (A6) links Badajoz with Lisbon.

Eurolines international coach services ( has several bus routes that serve major cities in Spain, with connections to destinations across Europe.

Getting to Spain by boat

With its coastlines surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, Spain is an excellent destination to explore on water. By boat, it is easy and convenient to travel from Spain to Morocco, France, the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands. Its major ports include Algeciras (, Bilbao (, Barcelona (, Santander ( and Valencia (

Cruise ships:

Spain is one of the most popular stops along major Mediterranean cruise routes. Most cruises stop at the port of Barcelona and Malaga where there are a flurry of attractions, restaurants and entertainment centres.

Ferry operators:

Brittany Ferries (tel: +44 871 244 0744, in the UK; operates a service to Santander from Plymouth and Portsmouth (journey time - 20 to 24 hours) and to Bilbao from Portsmouth (journey time - 24 to 32 hours).

River routes:

River cruises sail from Pinhão in Portugal to Vega de Terrón, close to Salamanca in Spain. Several companies organise these leisurely river cruises navigating the wine region of Portugal and continuing on to Spain.