On this page you will find details of how to book a bus or train ticket in Spain. If you plan on traveling around Spain and you don't plan on taking an internal flight you'll need some wheels! You could rent a car in Spain but if you'd prefer to leave the driving to someone else, you'll need a bus or a train.
See also: Best Train Journeys in Spain
Buying Bus and Tickets in Spain - Quick StartYou can get most train and bus tickets from one of the following two sites:
- Spain Bus Tickets from Movelia
- Spain Train Tickets from Rail Europe
- Eurail rail passes in Spain from Rail Europe
- Hop-On-Hop-Off Party Bus from Busabout
Buying Bus and Tickets in Spain - More Details
But before you visit these sites, there a couple of things worth noting:
- Many have reported problems with payment on Movelia.es. The best thing to do is to use Movelia to find which bus company you'll need and then book on the bus company's own site.
- Rail Europe allows you to book trains from the main train company, Renfe, which runs most trains in Spain, but there are some exceptions, where you'll need to visit a different site:
Bus and Train Tickets in Spain - Which to Get?
Three things will dictate whether you take the bus or the train in Spain - how easy it is to get tickets, the price of the tickets and the length of the journey.
Buses are generally speaking a lot cheaper than the train, but journey times are often a lot longer. But not always! Read more about Bus Travel vs Train Travel in Spain before
Spain's bus network reaches more of the country than the trains, but most of Spain's biggest cities are now well connected by both bus and train.
If you're starting from Madrid, Barcelona or Malaga, these links will help you decide whether to travel by bus or train.
Map of Train Routes in Spain
Rail Passes in Spain
If you plan on making a lot of journeys by train, a rail pass may be your best option. But do your research - these passes can work out more expensive than buying the tickets individually.