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Transport in Spain: How to get around and student discounts

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  • Junio 2024
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As can be seen, transport in Spain appears to be rather complex, but, in fact, it is not that difficult. Spain has a very good transport system in which people are able to move from one place to another to get to work or for a weekend break. From buses to train, and including bikes, Spain has everything you need, and you can always rely on it. Furthermore, there are many students offers that allow you to save money and cut traveling costs. 

Getting around in Spain by bus 

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Buses are one of the most popular types of vehicles in Spain and they can be used to travel around the country quite often. They are inexpensive, always accessible and have long corridors that transport people between the urban and the rural areas. 

Some bus companies offer monthly student season tickets, which makes it cheaper for students. The buses are usually well maintained, clean and the drivers always ensure they get the passengers to their destinations on time. Large cities such as Madrid and Barcelona have excellent night bus facilities, enabling you to travel at night. 

Trains: A fast and scenic option 

When it comes to choosing a means of transport in Spain, trains are one of the best. Spain also has a high-speed rail network, known as the AVE, which connects most Spanish cities including Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, and Valencia. Compared to buses, trains are more comfortable and generally more time-efficient for traveling long distances. 

There is a student discount card known as Carnet Joven that is available to students that offers discounts on regional and national trains. 

Metro systems in major cities 

If your intention is to travel in Spain, especially in cities, the metro system is most appropriate. The major cities of Spain, such as Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia, among others, all have well-developed metro systems which makes urban mobility relatively fast

The metro is usually the fastest means of transport because it avoids traffic jams. Traveling every day can be costly, but students can buy monthly season tickets at a cheaper price.

Exploring Spain by bike 

Cycling is another interesting way to travel in Spain for those who are not fond of cars or buses. There are bike-sharing systems in many cities and the road has bike lanes to prevent accidents and delays

Cycling is environmentally friendly and a perfect way to explore the delightful roads and charming nooks in Spanish towns and cities. This is because students are normally offered some form of a discount on bike rentals and the bike-sharing programs, which makes the cost of the bikes relatively low. 

Car rentals and car-sharing 

Of course, if you like driving, you can rent a car, which is also one of the ways to get around in Spain. There is common access to car rentals, while car-sharing services are fairly more recent and are on the rise. 

Most car rental companies offer special rates for students, while car-sharing applications also have attractive offers. The benefits of driving enable you to visit remote areas without other people whenever you want. 

Walking: The best way to explore cities 

It is quite easy to get from one place to another on foot in Spain. Walking through cities is much more interesting in cities that are hundreds of years old, such as Granada, Seville and Salamanca, where every street and every narrow alley has a story to tell

Another interesting suggestion is to try a walking tour. There are many free or extremely cheap city tours. Another way is to go on a walking tour of the city with other students, organized by the university. 

Using student discounts on public transport 

It is important to learn how to get around in Spain, especially if you are a student, as it entails understanding the discounts that are available

Most bus companies and train/metro operators offer student season tickets or cheaper fares. Make sure that you have your student ID card with you and check whether you qualify for a Youth Card that offers a discount on common transport services. 

Apps and tools for easy navigation 

Transport in Spain is easy because of the developments in technology. There are many apps that provide information on bus and train schedules, the metro layout and the availability of bicycles for rent

Other related applications are Moovit and Google maps, which are useful for planning the best means of transport to a given destination. These apps can also help students find the most appropriate and inexpensive transport deals and options. 

Budget-friendly travel tips for students 

Finding out how to get around in Spain does not necessarily have to put a strain on your pocket. In addition to student discounts, tips such as travelling late in the evening or early in the morning can also help. 

Always search for tickets that combine different types of transport and do not be afraid to ask the locals about the best and cheapest ways to travel. Most universities also offer information and advice on cheap ways to travel for students. 

Final thoughts about getting around Spain 

Transport is the backbone of Spanish society and so it is useful to have a good understanding of how it works. Whether you want to use a bus, train, bike, or simply walk, there is always a means of transport for every need and for every pocket. 

Don’t forget to use your student card to get discounts and use modern apps to make your trips easier and cheaper. Using these tips will help you move around in Spain like the locals. 

If you dream to study at ESIC, contact us and we will guide you through the whole process. We have personalized help for international students, get in touch! 

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