Bus travel in Spain is increasingly an attractive option for people traveling on a tight budget.
There are lots of private bus companies offering routes to all major Spanish cities. If you want to travel around Spain by bus, the best idea is to go to your local bus station Apart from Madrid and Barcelona, most towns and cities have just one and see what is available.
Traveling by bus in Spain is usually reliable except on peak holiday days when roads can be very crowded and you should expect long delays on popular routes, coaches are modern and comfortable. You can expect to pay about â¬8 per 100km.
Spain's national carrier is Iberia.
The 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. All are listed on the official airport governing body website: (http://www.aena.es/csee/S...)
Madrid, Barcelona and Bilbao have the most beautiful airports, designed by famous architects.
Low cost carriers operating to Spain include: Vueling (http://www.vueling.com), easyJet (http://www.easyjet.com), Ryanair (http://www.ryanair.com), Blue Air (http://www.blueair-web.com), and Jet2.com (http://www.jet2.com).
Warning: If you buy an e-ticket from Iberia over the internet with a credit card, you may have to show the original credit card upon check-in. If you fail to do so, you will have to purchase another ticket for the same fare, and the original ticket will be refunded many weeks or even months later.
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 24 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.
RENFE (http://horarios.renfe.es/...) - Timetables and Prices
FEVE (http://www.feve.es/) - FEVE's web page
Train system in Spain is modern and reliable, most of the trains are brand new and the punctuality rate is one of the highest in Europe, the only problem is that not all the populated areas have a train station; sometimes small towns don't have one, in those cases you need to take a bus. Another issue with the Spanish Rail network is that the lines are disposed in a radial way so almost all the lines head to Madrid. That's why sometimes traveling from one city to another geographically close to it might take longer by train than by bus if they are not in the same line. Always check whether the bus or the train is more convenient.