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Once you are in Spain, getting around the country is amazingly easy, very convenient and surprisingly affordable. Spain offers some of the best and most organized transportation systems is the world, including buses, trains, taxis and metros. There is nothing better than arriving to an international country and renting a car, however, this can cost you an arm and a leg. In a county like this, you can rent a car, but it's not necessary.



METRO: If you are landing in some of the major cities like: Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid, Sevilla or Valencia who offer a metro, you can take the metro from the airport, and it can take you to the center of the city or to the main train station, as well as other neighborhoods in the city. The metro is a great way to get through the city fast, and can take you to every corner of the city. You can get a map showing the different routes from the ticket offices at the metro stations.



BUS: There are super comfortable and affordable buses that can take you from one major city to another, as well as to most nearby villages. The bus usually offers comfortable cushioned chairs with armrest, music, and A/C. There are bus stations in every major city with travel information, including pricing and departure times.



TRAIN: The king of transportation, Spain offers an extensive railway system. The short distance trains are called "Cercanias", usually taking the "Cercanias" from one village to the next village can cost about 3 Euros round trip, and can be found in 12 major cities. Spain also offers bigger trains, such as the "Euromed", offering comfortable chairs, A/C, and timely arrivals and departures. Longer distance trains can take you from one major city to another. Through the Spanish railway system, you can travel to every major city in Spain and most small villages.



TAXI: Taxis are usually needed when you are in the big cities, such as Granada and Zaragoza, who don't offer a metro and there are a lot of different neighborhoods to see. Some of them are about a 45 minute walk from the center of town, so taking a taxi is the most common thing. You don't have to tip taxi drivers in Spain, but it's always recommended, as Spain offers the cheapest taxi rates and most honest service in Europe.



AIRPLANE: When using air travel to go from one big city to another, there are several airlines you can take, we recommend: Iberia, Air Nostrum, and Air Europa, as they offer the best rates, good time schedules and are usullay always on time. However with the new AVE train in town, air travel has became less popular in Spain.



AVE TRAIN: The last great transport in Spain is the "AVE" high speed train. It is a project that is about 50% completed through the county and should be finished around 2020. For now, you can take this super comfortable train from Barcelona to Madrid, and takes about 3 hours, Madrid to Sevilla in about 2 1/2 hours, and Madrid to Valencia in 1 1/2 hours, among others. For information on routes, pricing, and daily departures, please visit Renfe.com. The AVE offers speeds of up to 180 MPH and shows great views of castles, villages, vineyards, and the beautiful Spanish country side.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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