A Guide to Transportation in Spain

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Traveling the unfamiliar roads in Spain often leaves international students mystified. On most days, they wrestle with an alienating feeling of confusion during transport. 

Getting accustomed to different transportation modes in Spain is essential. For the most part, it is the initial step to adjusting to life in the country.

If you aspire to earn a degree in Spain, you must first get acquainted with its makeup. Learning about its transportation system is a great start.

Here’s a guide to transportation in Spain for international students:


Buses in Spain are the best way to get around the city, especially for students. The fares are relatively low but the services are stellar and one of the best in Europe.

Some of Spain’s major bus operators are Monbus, Avanza, and Eurolines. Each company asks for varying fares but is still within an affordable range.

Riding the bus is great for when you need to do grocery shopping or take quick trips around the city. If you’re on off-campus accommodation, they’re the best mode of transportation to get to school.


Trains are also popular among foreign students in Spain, though they cost a bit more than buses. But the efficient services and comfort make up for the slightly higher price.

Spain’s AVE train network is great for intercity travel. It’s even faster than the bullet train in Japan, making it the best in Europe.

While the AVE is an incredible network, the same cannot be said for  Spain’s regional trains. Their services are efficient but most can expect travel delays. Fortunately, the low costs make up for this issue, as tickets cost half as much compared to other European countries.


If you have a bit of cash to spare, taking a taxi is a good choice. It offers a comfortable and private ride that makes traffic feel more tolerable. 

Most local governments regulate taxi operations and dictate taxi fares. But some private taxi companies charge customers per meter, making the cost a lot higher. 

Taxis are easy to find in Spain. You can wait at a taxi stand, flag one down on the streets, or book in advance. 

Here’s a useful tip: if you have to take taxis at the airport, remain vigilant. Many airport taxis cost reasonably more, but some overcharge the passengers. You can find a reliable taxi from Eurotaxis and Teletaxis.

Rental Cars

Moving away from public transport, you can opt to rent a car in Spain too. Being able to use a rental car gives you a lot more freedom to travel. You also won’t have to worry about squeezing time into your hands.

You can rent a car for a day, a week, and even a month. Many private car owners offer their vehicles for rent.

Keep in mind that there are certain conditions applicable when renting a car. It may involve your age, license, and other conditions from the car owner.

Taking trips around Spain to complete your study journey? Don’t forget to visit our resources here at MSM Unify to find more ways to travel and live around Spain.


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