The international airline is “Iberia” and it has a smaller brother
using the name “Aviaco”. The major airports on the mainland are
Madrid, Barcelona and Seville. Between them they operate an
extensive schedule of flights between the major cities of Spain and
it's other Provinces. However, due to the needs of the tourist
industry several of the lesser airports also are equipped to handle
There are airports on the mainland at - Alicante - Almería -
Ampurias (Gírona) - Oviedo (Asturías) - Badajos - Barcelona - Bilbao
- Burgos - Cáceres - Córbada - Granada - Jerez (Cádiz) - La Coruña -
Logroño - Madrid - Málaga - Murcía - Puigcerdà - Pamplona - Reus
(Tarragona) - Salamanca - Santander - Santíago de Compostela - Seu
d'Urgell – Seville - Valencía - Valladolid - Vigo - Vitoria -
Iberia Office - International
- 54 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 - 010 353 1779 846
- 2020 University Street, Montreal H3A 2A5 - 514 849 3352
- 102 Bloor St. West, Toronto - 416 964 6625
- 15th Floor, The Rotunda Building, New Street, Birmingham B2 4PA -
(0)21 643 9726
- Stock Exchange House, 7 Nelson Mandela Place, Glasgow G2 1QY -
(0)41 248 6581
- 130, Regents Street, London W1R 5FE - (0)71 437 5622
- Room 2, level 5, Manchester Airport, Manchester M22 5PA - (0)61
- 20 Park Plaza, Boston, Mass. 02116 - 617 426 8335
- 205 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Ill. 60601 - 312 819 2900
- 8111 LBJ Freeway, Suite 941, Dallas, Texas - 214 669 3336
- Suite 1308, 150 South East Second Avenue, Miami, Fla. 33131 - 305
USA (New York)
- 509 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022 - 212 644 8843
- 1725 K. Street, Washington DC 20006 - 202 293 6970
BUSES & COACHES
Major cities have within their area good, efficient, and cheap bus
services. The "Autobus" is normally clean and smoking onboard is not
allowed. A bus terminal is named "Estacion de Autobus". To make a
bus stop at a given stop during its route can be a challenging
experience. It is important to attract the driver’s attention and
this may require very demonstrative signals. Weekend schedules tend
to be very limited in comparison to those of the weekdays. It is
also advisable to have the correct change available when boarding as
this can avoid possible annoyance. Inter-city buses or coach
companies are numerous and can be confusing; however they are
usually very clean and dependable. Please take not that "Left
Luggage Offices" are hard to find.
There are comfortable and efficient coach services exist between
Spain and its immediate neighbours, Portugal and France, and
excursions are available to other countries.
DRIVING IN SPAIN
The Spanish Highway Code is reputed to be the most comprehensive in
Europe. Sections besides actual codes for driving and rules of road
cover such items as first-aid, vehicle maintenance and even loads
relating to vehicles.
If your Driving License is less than one year old you are not to
drive faster than 80 KPH and your alcohol level must not exceed 0.3g
(normal level of 0.5g) for a period of the first two years of the
A Driving License from any EU country is automatically valid in
Spain. All other countries (including the USA), can drive for only 6
months in one calendar year after which the driver must obtain a
Spanish License as the driver will then be considered as a resident
of the country. A Driving School will arrange the necessary
paperwork and assist the driver in this respect.
It is recommended that you consult the following Site in the English
The Spanish Traffic Police are considered efficient in applying
their laws and it is highly recommended that if stopped, friendly
cooperation with their requests should be appplied.
Some useful hints!
- Always give way to traffic on the right unless otherwise indicated
- especially at all roundabouts.
- When turning to the left across the oncoming traffic, do not
complete this manouvre if there is a solid white line to be crossed.
Special turning points to achieve the same result are normally
provided and signposted as "Cambio de Sentido". Always respect and
do not cross the continuous white line dividing the two directions
of moving traffic.
- Seatbelts should be worn at all times (also, when fitted in the
rear seats), when the vehicle is in motion.
- Alcohol limits are set low whilst the “on-the-spot” fines for
exceeding the limit is expensive. A test showing high levels of
alcohol will mean the impounding of the vehicle and a heavy fine.
- Use of Mobile Phones whilst driving is banned in Spain. Drivers in
the case of an emergency are permitted to park on the roadside to
make a phone call. The fine for the offense is up to € 300.00.
Motorists are permitted to use “hands-free” kits but not an earphone
connection and the kit has to fitted directly to the power supplied
by the car.
- Speeding fines are calculated by multiplying the excess speed by a
given number of Euros. The figure is subject to change and the
number at present used is € 6.00 per kilometer.
- Fines for other offences are calculated more or less on the
discretion of the Police Officer. Immediately “on-the-spot” payment
of all fines is applied.
Some of the major cities have a “Metro” underground travel system.
They are cheap and reasonable for effective travel but obviously
become very crowded in peak hours. Please remember that smoking on
trains is forbidden.
Regardless of other vehicles creating an illegal impression it is
not permitted to park on the pavement, or, where there exists a
painted yellow line. Street parking may be difficult to find but
parking spaces marked in blue are available by purchasing a ticket
from a machine or an attendant. Penalties for parking infringements
can vary according to locality where the offense is committed.
- Illegal parking with foreign plates will inevitably attract the
attention of a "tow truck" with the resulting inconvenience and
RENT A CAR
There are many international and smaller Car Hire companies
operating throughout Spain and their offices can be found in main
cities and the tourist areas. Hiring a car will require proof of
Driving License and a minimum age between 21 and 25 depending on the
company used. Although sometimes more expensive tt is normally best
to use an established company and remember to check the details on
the Hire Contract before signing.
When driving in Spain the law requires the driver to have in their
possession proof of their identity, current Driving License, valid
Insurance Certificate, and the Vehicle Registration documents.
Visiting vehicles must display a national identity plate (GB/USA
etc). The law requires that every vehicle carries two Red Warning
Triangles, a First Aid Kit, a Fire Extinguisher, and a set of spare
Types of Road
Autopista (Motorway) - These are often Toll roads and they require
payment in order to
use them for travel - Max. speed 120 KPH
Autovia (Dual-Carriageway) - Max. speed 120 KPH
Carretera Nacional - Prefix with N or CN and indicates a major road
- Max. speed of 90 KPH
Carretera Comarcal - Prefix with C and are considered minor roads -
Max. speed 50 KMS
Carretera Local - Rural road - Max. speed 50 KMS
Urbano - Roads in built-up areas - Max. speed 20 KMS
- Spain has more than 2,000 kilometers of roads which are subject to
Toll payment. They are well maintained and have Service Stations at
regular intervals providing all necessary services and the
recommended breaks in a long journey.
- Tolls are calculated per kilometer traveled by the vehicle - this
payment can be charged either at the beginning of a Toll road or
when exiting. There is normally a lane reserved at the Toll Boxes
for the "Telepago" traffic which should not be used by visitors.
These lanes are only for the use of locally owned vehicles equipped
with a special payment system. The "Automatico" lane is for paying
by Credit Card or by the exact change. The lanes for handling the
change when necessary are all marked with a green arrow.
Authorized “Taxis” display their special City License so it is
recommend you only use these vehicles. When any Taxi displays a
green light on its roof then it is available for hire, either at a
marked Taxi rank, or passing in the street. Fares are set by the
authorities whilst a tip of 5% to 10% is suggested. There is
normally a surcharges for each baggage accompanying the passenger.
Again smoking whilst traveling in a Taxi is not allowed.
Spain is well served with mainline rail service running between
major towns. The national service is run under the name of “RENFE”
which provides an overall reasonable service and acceptable prices.
There is a big variety of services within the system. "TALGO" and
"Inter-City" is best taken between major cities. The "FERROBUS"
which literally translates to a "metal bus", is a service which
stops at almost every station on each route. Tickets can be
purchased prior to the journey and are available from main stations,
ticket agents and travel agents.