From visiting friends and family to road trips of a lifetime, travelling Spain by bus is a great way of hitting the open road and exploring this fabulous country. At Trainline we’ll show you how the Spanish bus and coach network operates and most importantly – how to buy your Spanish bus tickets. Whether you’re going to Spain for the tasty fiambres or to learn flamenco, start your journey with us.
Discover the wide variety of destinations on offer when you travel by bus. We’ve highlighted the most popular spots in Spain, now all you have to do is connect the dots and get your adventure started.
There are many benefits to travelling by bus in Spain. It’s usually the most affordable method of transportation if you compare it to air travel and using trains.
The bus network in Spain is so extensive that it reaches a large number of destinations that planes and trains can't. That means the bus is usually the best alternative for travelling cheaply and reaching the most remote, and often most picturesque, places on the Spanish coast and up in the mountains.
When booking tickets for a non-direct bus trip, we show you realistic options to give you enough time to change from one vehicle to another.
Compare the prices of the tickets of the main bus companies in Spain from our website or mobile app, and we'll help you find them at the best price. At Trainline, we apply the same rates and promotions without any additional cost and maintain the same price established by the Spanish bus companies.
Bus tickets in Spain usually go on sale around three months before the date of the trip. Book early to ensure you get the cheapest option since cheap tickets tend to run out quickly, leaving only the most expensive ones available.
Don't forget to take a look at the discounts and offers that you can benefit from. When travelling as a family, you can enjoy group discounts or reduced rates for children. You can also save by choosing the less flexible option – booking a ticket for a specific date and time is usually cheaper.
Most European bus operators offer standard prices and special offers – this includes Spanish bus tickets. Discounted tickets are usually put up for sale in advance, with only a certain number of tickets available at cheap prices. Once the cheaper ones are snapped up, the rates tend to increase. Prices are often defined by levels, which means that the tickets of the next price level up are released once the lower prices have sold out.
Have a look at this pick of top Spanish bus routes and grab some inspiration on where you might want to start your adventure around Spain by bus.
At bus stations in Spain you’ll typically find electronic boards with all the information you need. This includes live bus schedules, terminal information and adjustments to journeys such as delays and platform changes.
This information is also announced via the loudspeaker in Spanish and sometimes in English in larger cities.
Each bus company in Spain has its own schedule and the frequency of buses for each route depends on the demand.
There may be journeys that are only covered by one bus per day and other itineraries that have more than 50 daily services. The most popular routes usually also have several night services.
Just the mention of the word Spain conjures up travel ideas for both first-time visitors and the many travellers who return for another dose. With great beaches, delicious food and wine and traditional bullfighting – Spain is an amazing place to experience various cultural influences and languages coming together as one. Let us tempt you with highlights of three of our favourite destinations and use this as a springboard to get yourself on a bus or coach during your adventure in Spain.
The city of Barcelona is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Spain and Europe. Thanks to its rich history, Catalan architecture and privileged location on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is a city with so much to offer. And lest we forget, Barcelona is less than two hours away from the Pyrenees.
Its cultural offerings have to be seen to be believed. Museums such as the Joan Miró Foundation or the Picasso Museum, the famous Sagrada Familia or Gaudí Park Güell are some of the city's most treasured hallmarks.
La Rambla - also known as Las Ramblas - is the main avenue in the city and connects the Plaza de Cataluña with the old port of the city. On either side of La Rambla, you’ll find two of the oldest neighbourhoods in Barcelona: Raval and the Gothic Quarter.
Close to the sea stands the district of Barceloneta – located between the beach of the same name and the port of the city. We recommend seeing the city from above, with many options to choose from that offer stunning views including Montjüic mountain, the Joan Miró Foundation and the Botanical Gardens.
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The capital of Andalusia represents the cultural essence of southern Spain. Erected on both banks of the Guadalquivir River, with the Torre del Oro on one side and the Triana neighbourhood on the other – Seville is the third most visited city in the country.
Its old town is the largest in Spain and the third in Europe, just behind Genoa and Venice. You'll find numerous buildings and World Heritage sites to visit here, including the Royal Alcazar, the Cathedral and the Archivo de Indias.
Stop by the old Jewish quarter (now the most symbolic neighbourhood of the city), Santa Justa during your visit. Just footsteps from Santa train station, wander through its narrow and winding streets to reach the famous Giralda, the bell tower of the Cathedral of Santa María de la Sede and icon of the city. The Alcázares, as mentioned above, are formed by gardens and walled palaces that mix several architectural styles namely Gothic, Mudejar, Renaissance and Baroque.
The Plaza de España and the María Luisa park are two important points of reference within Seville. The historic square and its decorative fountain are surrounded by the exuberant nature of Maria Luisa's gardens, dedicated to the wife of the Duke of Montpensier, Antonio de Orleans. Crossing the San Telmo bridge, you reach the Triana district, known for its colourful and busy streets. The nearby Triana bridge gives access to the famous La Maestranza Bullring.
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The Spanish capital always has surprises in store for first-time visitors. Thanks to its mixture of architectural styles, eclectic parks, elegant boulevards and good weather, Madrid is a city that many fall in love with instantly.
Madrid's cultural influences stand out for its diversity and rich collections of Spanish and European art. The Prado Museum (one of the largest art galleries in the world), the Reina Sofía National Art Centre Museum (specialising in contemporary art) and the Thyssen-Bornemisza make up the so-called Art Triangle – a group of museums situated on both sides of the Paseo del Prado.
Just a stone’s throw away from the Paseo del Prado is Retiro Park, the “lung” of the capital. Opened in 1868, it has several neoclassical buildings and a pond where you can rent rowboats to add a further dimension to your trip.
On the other side of the Paseo del Prado is El Madrid de los Austrias (The Madrid of the Austrians), the name used for the old centre of Madrid. Nowadays, it’s essentially a collection of old buildings located south of the Calle Mayor, in between Sol and Opera Metro stations. Its center, the Plaza Mayor, is an important tourist spot from which it's easy to reach Gran Vía (the neighbourhoods of La Latina and Huertas), known for their abundance of terraces and nightlife, and the Puerta del Sol.
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If you have your tickets booked and are all set to go, here are a few more things you should know before you climb onboard your coach.
Most bus companies in Spain offer complimentary internet access to their passengers. In some cases, you can also connect to the bus operators WiFi at the terminal while you wait for your bus to start boarding.
Certainly. You can get the bus or coach from most major Spanish bus stations to cities in Europe like Lisbon, Toulouse and Milan. For some inspiration, why not take a look at our buses in Europe page and start plotting your way around the continent.
While you're at it, have a look at these pages as well if you already have a destination in mind;
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At most major Spanish bus terminals, especially ones that are part of train stations, you may hear translations of news and announcements in other languages such as English, Italian, French and German. If you’re looking at the arrivals and departures board, here’s a guide to what you should expect to see and what everything means:
Bus termina – Terminal de autobuses
Bus station – Estación de autobuses
On time – En hora
Delay – Retraso
Cancelled – Cancelado
Plataform – Platforma
Ticket counters – Taquillas
Leaving from – Salidas a las
Going to – Destino
Night bus – Autobús nocturno
Waiting room – Sala de espera
Route – Ruta
Seat – Asiento
Last stop – Última parada
Normally you’re allowed to take two pieces of luggage onboard which can be put in the hold of the bus.
Items such as musical instruments, bikes (folding only) count as one piece of luggage. On most buses and coaches, smaller pieces of luggage like rucksacks, overnight bags and briefcases can be put under your seats or in the overhead compartments provided.
Luggage rules and restrictions differ from one bus company to another so it’s always advisable to do your research before booking your bus tickets.