In contrast to many other European countries, Spain has a comprehensive national network of bus and coach services. So you can get just about anywhere in Spain by coach and bus and twice as many Spaniards travel this way as by train. This is because coach travel is generally cheaper than the train.
Spain Bus Travel Practicalities
Getting a seat is not normally a problem and for local journeys (e.g. Madrid to Valladolid) you can just turn up and buy your ticket for the next service. However, for longer distance trips and especially popular routes in peak season (e.g. Madrid to the Costas) it is advisable to book at least a day or two in advance.
Return tickets represent better value than two singles. Also, if you are buying long-distance tickets in advance, or by internet, remember to have your passport handy as some operators ask to see proof of ID before allowing you to board.
Modern, Comfortable Travel by Bus
Don’t think that taking the bus has to mean compromising on comfort. In Spain, the major operators offer modern and comfortable vehicles. For example, ALSA, Spain’s leading coach company and part of the leading international transport group National Express Group, operates a large national network and has services to suit all budgets.
In addition to standard class, ALSA’s superior “eurobus” and “supra” vehicles also operate on key routes. Supra coaches generally travel non-stop, and as well as saving time, they are fully fitted with leather seats and have bags of extra leg room. They also have on-board catering with hostess service included in the ticket price – truly bus travel for the 21st century!
Up-to-date timetable and ticket information is available in Spanish and English at www.alsa.es (or telephone +34 902 422 242). Here you’ll find information on all ALSA routes, including connections to seven of Spain’s main airports, such as Alicante-Altet, Madrid-Barajas and Barcelona and Asturias (Oviedo) Airports.
Further Spain by Bus Information
Travelling by bus in Spain is easy, comfortable and affordable. As there is more than one bus station in large cities, it’s important to find out from which station your bus leaves. You can save time by going direct to www.movelia.es which has information on most of the big operators in Spanish, English and German.
Useful Spain Bus Websites:
ALSA (+34 902 422 242; www.alsa.es ) national services and several airport connections.
Movelia (www.movelia.es) for information on all major operators.
Socibus (+34 902 229 292 ; www.socibus.es) for Madrid – Seville services