Methods of Transportation in Spain

Spain is fairly large and has enclaves which are a relatively long distance from the mainland, such as the Balearic and Canary islands, and Ceuta and Melilla on the African coast. Air travel and shipping are part of the means of travel in Spain.

Trains, buses and car are the normal means of traveling on the Spanish mainland.


Spain has a few small private railways, but intercity train travel is provided by the Spanish national railroad company. Since the 1980s, Spain has invested in constructing a national network of high-speed trains which connect the major cities. The national train company, Red Nacional de los Ferrocarriles Españoles, or RENFE, also operates local trains around the country.


Avda. Pío XII, 110

28036 Madrid

011-34 91 300 61 48

Air Travel

Spain has a network of flights between the major cities and the outlying Canary and Balearic islands, operated by a number of carriers. Prices can vary a great deal; many carriers in Europe are low-cost carriers.

Airports in Spain are operated by Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea, or AENA, a public corporation.


C/Arturo Soria 109, 2ª planta.

28043 Madrid

011-34 913 212 950

Bus and Road Travel

Spain has received European Union subsidies to improve its transport infrastructure, and a great deal of that money has been invested in enhancing the road network. This has meant that travel by car and bus has become feasible between the main cities, as well as smaller towns and villages. Cars can be rented from car rental agencies.

Buses are operated by private companies from the bus stations in the cities. Tourist information offices can typically provide bus time tables for local and regional buses.

ALSA (originally an abbreviation for Automóviles Luarca, S.A) operates buses between the major cities in Spain.


Avenida de América

Intercambiador 9-A

28002 Madrid, Spain

011-34 91 327 05 40

Boats and Ferries

Two companies operate ferry and fast catamaran services from the Spanish mainland to outlying parts of Spain and other destinations in the Mediterranean. The fast catamaran trip between Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca takes three hours.


Estación Marítima s/n;

07800 Eivissa

011-34-971 19 47 69

Acciona Trasmediterránea

Avd. de Europa, 10 (Parque Empresarial La Moraleja)

28108 Alcobendas-Madrid

011-34-902 45 46 45