Travel to & around Spain

Plane landing at sunset

Travel to Spain from London to Barcelona is a 2-hour flight, to Madrid is 2 hours 20 minutes and to Malaga is 2 hours 45 minutes.  Check out the cheap flights to Spain or call us about getting a Round the World ticket including a stop in Spain.

About airports

Madrid airport
Madrid airport is 13 km northeast of the city.  There are bus and underground services departing regularly to get you to the city.  Taxi’s are also available at a cost of around €20 and take about 30 minutes.

Barcelona airport
Barcelona airport is 3 km southwest of the city. Taxis are available for about €15 to the city centre, and the journey takes approximately half an hour.  Bus and rail services to the city depart regularly and cost a few euros depending on your specific destination.

Alicante airport
Alicante airport is located 12 km southwest of the city.  Buses run on a frequent schedule to the city, the ride costs a couple of euros.  Taxis ferry people to the city for a cost of around €15, the journey takes 20 minutes.

Málaga airport
Malaga airport is located 10 km southwest of the city.  The 20-minute taxi journey costs around €15.  Be aware that there’s also a €5 surcharge on taxis going to or leaving the airport.  There is also the option of bus or train; neither will cost more than €2.

Valencia airport
Valencia airport is located 8 km west of the city.  A taxi ride will cost approximately €15 and takes around 20 minutes.  A bus to the city costs €2.50.  The metro now extends to the airport and costs range from €6 to €17 depending on your destination.

How to get around - Spain transport

There are a number of airlines running domestic flights to all the main towns, as well as the Balearic and Canary Islands, and North African enclaves.

There are regular sailings from Algciras to the North African enclaves of Tangier and Cueta, as well as to Melilla (also a North African enclave) from Malaga and Almeria.  You can also go by boat from Barcelona, Valencia and Alicante to the Balearic Islands and from Cadiz to the Canary Islands.  Inter-island services also run.

There are a number of different train services available.  A rail network connects all regions on the Iberian Peninsula, with connections between Madrid and all major cities.  There are also connections between the northwest coast and the Mediterranean coast, and between the France and the Mediterranean coast.

If you’re in a hurry there are high-speed trains connecting various cities and a tourist train for those with more time on their hands.

If you’re self-driving in Spain the first thing you’ll need to know is that traffic drives on the right.  The motorways connect north to south and tolls need to be paid in some sections.

If you’re on a budget taking the bus is the best option and you’ll find a bus link almost anywhere you go.

Organised tours
Organised tours are a great way to see the sites and soak up the local culture – especially if you’re travelling alone or are a first-time traveller.  Check out some of the options for tours and treks in Spain.

*The Small Print
We’ve tried to make this destination guide as accurate as possible but please double check the essentials like visas, health and safety, airport information etc with the relevant authorities before you travel.  STA Travel takes no responsibility for loss, injury or inconvenience caused as a result of this guide.  All prices listed are in the currency of the destination, unless otherwise stated.