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Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport has its own metro stations, while Barcelona’s RENFE train service carries passengers to the city centre in less than half an hour.
As you might expect, the more sizable among Spain’s cities, including Valencia, Bilbao and Seville, all have their own efficient and generally affordable public transport networks, which make getting around a piece of cake.
Driving in cities is not recommended. Parking is usually limited in the centre and daily siestas ensure there are not just two but a whopping four rush hours every day (morning, pre-siesta, post-siesta and late evening).
Malaga Airport is served by the Cercanías C-1 train line, which carries passengers to Fuengirola, one of the busiest resorts in the region.
Many hotels in the resort areas, whether in the Canary or Balearic islands, Costa Brava or Costa Blanca, will provide shuttle services to and from nearby airports.
If you plan to travel between provincial capitals and main towns in mainland Spain, you will most likely be able to do so via rail.
Smaller villages and towns are typically connected to larger regional hubs by buses. A good rule of thumb is to remember that the further you venture from the well-trodden track, the less frequent bus services tend to be, with many rural buses operating only twice-a-day school runs.
Taxis, which are widely available, though you may need to book them in advance in rural locations, can help to plug the gap.
With its dedicated cycle lanes and popular Bicing bike share system, Barcelona is a dream for the two-wheel brigade. Madrid also has a public bike share system with electric bikes to take the sting out of the city’s steep hills. Though bear in mind that the capital’s transition to bike-friendly is still a work in progress, and pedalling around here can be a little bit too white-knuckle for visitors who aren’t used to traffic-clogged urban streets.
Outside the cities and major towns, the country is threaded with both on- and off-road long-distance routes.
Car hire is a fantastic option for getting around in Spain. Find out more on our Spain car hire page.