Getting to and from Spain

10 August 2015 0 Comments Category: Just Landed

“Spain is different” is usually a polite way to relate how unusual, unique and perhaps how charmingly backward it is compared to other civilized countries around the globe. But Spain has come a long way and among many of the things to enjoy in the country is its efficient transportation system, which could very well serve as a model for others, including the United States.

Spain is not only a mayor transportation hub for Europe, Africa and the Americas but it also offers a first-class network of highways, domestic flights and high-speed trains which makes traveling that much easier.

There are international flights available from practically every large city in Spain. Madrid Barajas, recently renamed Adolfo Suarez- Barajas Madrid caters to 46 million passengers a year and is considered the busiest airport in the country and probably the busiest in Europe. The new terminal 4, built by British architect Richard Rodgers, is only 13 kilometers away from the city center, making it fast and easy to get to by taxi, the express airport shuttle, local public buses and the metro, one of the world´s best underground networks.

The second-largest international airport in Spain is El Prat de Llobregat in Barcelona, 12 kilometers southwest of the city. You can get there from the city by local public buses, taxis, of course, and the aerobús, which leaves the center every 5 minutes. If you need to travel to Madrid on a frequent basis, you can hop on the Air Bridge, or Puente, considered the busiest air corridor in the world. Another option, hassle-free – is taking the comfortable high speed AVE train, which takes less than two and a half hours.

Palma de Mallorca is the third busiest international hub in Spain and legend has it that during the summer months, it´s one of the busiest in the world, carrying 23 million passengers. Read all about how to get there from the city center and the airlines it services right here.


The Canary Islands, on the west coast of Africa, includes the islands of La Gomera, Hierro, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Tenerife, La Palma and Lanzarote and all of them have airports. But Palma de Gran Canaria is the only international hub.

To travel in between islands, check this website that lists the ferry schedules.

Remember, if you are a Spanish or European Union citizen or a citizen of another European member state and you can prove that you reside in Baleares or the Canary Islands, including the cities of Melilla or Ceuta, you are entitled to a considerable discount when traveling to other parts of Spain. When you book your flight, make sure you select the “Residentes” option during the process. And bring along your Resident Card (NIE) as well as a certificate of residency, available at the Town Hall, when you check in. Have a large family? You´ll be happy to know you are entitled to an extra discount.

The Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport is the fourth busiest airport in Spain after Madrid-Barajas, Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca.

Just 8 kilometers away from the city center, this airport connects flights to over 50 countries all over the world and serves over 12 million passengers a year. You can get there by taxi, an express bus or the cercanías train. If you need to get to Madrid or Barcelona from Malaga, the best alternative is the AVE.

Valencia Airport is located eight kilometers to the west, serves over 15 European countries and moves about 5 million passengers a year. Check their website to discover how to get there by taxi, bus or the metro line. The AVE also connects Valencia to the capital of Spain in a little less than 2 hours and a half.

Were you aware that getting to and from Spain as well as traveling within the country was so easy? If you don´t already have travel insurance, make sure you visit this website.

Photo Credits: Ruben ViqueLeandro Ciuffo