Who This Itinerary Would Appeal to
To those who are coming to Spain to see what the guidebooks always told them Spain was all about - glorious sunshine, bullfighting and flamenco. Also, for people who don't like to spend too long traveling - all the cities are reasonably close together. Not for train enthusiasts or Eurail/Interrail pass holders, as not much of the route is covered by rail.
- Book This Itinerary As a Fully Guided Tour
- Book Train Tickets in Spain
- Book Bus Tickets in Spain
- Andalusia Travel Guide
For details on how much money you need in Spain, see this article on How Much Money You Need in Spain
This suggested itinerary begins in Madrid due to its ease of access (there are flights to Madrid from all over the world). One the way down to Andalusia, I'd suggest a stop in Toledo, though the lack of public transport between Toledo and Granada is a problem here. To take the full advantage of this itinerary, you will need to hire a car or take the Spectactular Spain tour
- Cities and Towns Visited on This Itinerary:
- Total Travel Time and Cost:
- By Bus 22h30 (83€) Book Bus Tickets (book direct)
- By Train 17h* (217€*) Book Train Tickets (book direct)
*It is not possible to do your entire journey solely by train. Where necessary, the relevant bus time and price have been added to the total.
Below are the travel times and prices for traveling by bus and train. All train tickets can be booked here: Spanish Train Times & Prices.
Buses are typically half the price of the train, with journey times approximately 30% longer. The bus is much better value than the train, but it can be quite difficult to book. The Spanish bus network is split up into a number of different companies - I have indicated below which bus company to book with. For most bus timetables (but, frustratingly, not all), see Movelia. Movelia allow you to print tickets, which saves time as you can go straight to the bus with your print out, but as Movelia has not yet integrated all bus companies into its network, this service cannot be relied upon. However, many have reported problems with making bookings on Movelia. In which case, use the site for its timetables and to find out which bus company to use and then search for their website in Google.
Note that Toledo has been left out as it is not possible to get from there to Granada.
- Madrid - Granada
- By Bus 5h30 (Total Price: 17€) ALSA (book direct)
- By Train 4h30 (Total Price: 70€) Book Train Tickets (book direct)
- Granada - Torremolinos
- Torremolinos - Ronda
- Ronda to Jerez
- Jerez - Seville
- Seville - Cordoba
- By Bus: 2h15 (11€ with ALSA)
- By Train: 1h (35€) Book this ticket (book direct, search for the old English spelling 'Cordova')
- Cordoba - Madrid
- If you want to travel by public transport and would like to visit Toledo, do it as a day trip from Madrid
- To get the most out of this trip, you should take this guided tour: Spectactular Spain tour (follow the link and type ZY into the search box)