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).

Major airports are: Alicante-Elche Airport, Barcelona Airport, Bilbao Airport, Federico Garcia Lorca Granda-Jaen Airport, Fuerteventura Airport, Gran Canaria Airport, Ibiza Airport, Jerez Airport, Madrid Barajas Airport, Malaga Airport, Menorca Airport, Palma Airport, Seville Airport, , Lanzarote Airport, Tenerife Sur Airport, and Valencia Airport.

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, oneworld ( offers Explorer, Global and Circle Pacific passes which give access to over 220 European destinations. Similarly, Star Alliance ( can accommodate travellers looking for a comprehensive journey as it 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 (5.3 miles) southwest of Alicante. Money: Currency exchange 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 several ATMs around the airport and a currency exchange service on the first... 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, 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 17.6 km (10.9 miles) west of Granada city centre. Money: ATMs are available on the ground floor of the terminal. 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 in the departures and arrivals halls. 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: +34 981 588 111, 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

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: operates the Spanish railway network.

Rail passes:

InterRail: offers unlimited first- or second-class travel in up to 31 European countries for European residents of over six months with two pass options. The Global Pass allows travel for three days in a month, five days in a month, seven days in a month, 10 days in two months, 15 days in two months, one month and two months 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, Lithuania, North Macedonia and Montenegro.

Reductions are available for travellers under 27 and over 60. 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 some ferry routes. Interrail passes are available for European residents only.

Eurailpass: offers unlimited train travel in up to 31 European countries. Tickets are valid for three days in a month, five days in a month, seven days in a month, 10 days in two months, 15 days in two months, one month and two months across all participating countries. Reductions are available for travellers under 27 and over 60. 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 Autovia A-I links the French border to Madrid (via Burgos and Irún) and the Autovia A-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 Barcelona and Malaga where a flurry of attractions, restaurants and entertainment centres.

Ferry operators:

Brittany Ferries ( 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.

Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.