We’ve been here traveling around Spain for about five months now. In all this time, we’ve tried all the true methods of travel. If you’re planning on coming to Spain, these are the methods you need to know:
This is the oldest method of travel in the world. While it may not be the easiest method for long distance travel, some people walk the Camino from the French boarder to Santiago de Compostela. Most people won’t do something quite like that, but I would say that walking around the city is the best method of really experiencing the culture here. Spain is safe as long as you’re following common sense guide lines. Typically the worst crime committed is pickpocketing, and you can prevent that if you’re aware of it. But, mostly I want you to know how to travel long distances, so walking is probably not for you.
The bus is my absolute least favorite method of traveling between Spanish cities. We have a friend who loves taking the bus, but I don’t understand why. The seats are less comfortable than any other method of travel, usually takes as long as the train, you can’t stand up and move around, there is no desk to work from, there isn’t usually a bathroom, and there isn’t wifi (that I’ve seen working, though many promise there is). It is, however, usually one of the cheapest options and worth looking at. I don’t take it unless there is no other choice, or it is considerably cheaper and time effective.
My second least favorite method of long distance travel is the airplane. It is usually the most expensive way to get around, even with the budget airlines of Europe, and almost always costs you money to get to the outskirts of the city where the airport is. (Bus or taxi is usually best to get yourself there.)
This is the method where you can set up a ride with a carpool. Think Uber for long distance travel. It’s costs depend on the driver, but most generally are just charging enough to get gas paid for. The expectation is that you talk a lot among yourselves (hence BlaBla), which is more difficult if there isn’t a shared language. The best part is that you will likely take at least one break for food/gas together, allowing you time to stand after a long trip.
My absolute favorite method of traveling around Spain is the train. The trains here, even the “not as nice” ones, have bathrooms, are fairly cheap, have desks that fold down from the seat in front of you, and allow you to walk around. The nice ones have seats and movies playing. To go to Burgos, we got to experience the beauty of a Tren Hotel (Train Hotel). These seats were extra comfortable, reclined, and had a bag of amenities which included a blanket, bottled water, earplugs, toothpaste, a toothbrush, and an eye mask. AND there were coat hooks!
Also, the best way to buy travel with your American credit or debit card is by using the GoEuro app. We couldn’t get the websites where a Spaniard could get their trip planned to accept our cards.
I hope that you find traveling in Spain a little bit easier!