Public transport in Spain

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Underground (Metro) in Spain

Spain is the country in Europe that has seen the most investment in new infrastructure over the last 20 to 30 years. This is also and especially true for the metro network in the metropolises.

The metro of Madrid (Metro Madrid) in huge and modern. In total there are 13 lines. As a tourist, one gets to all sightseeings and long-distance train stations.
The Metro Barcelona is the second largest in Spain. The Net consists of 5 long lines. Also here, one can go everywhere with the Metro as a holidaymaker.

The metro of Valencia is only about 20 years old, but meanwhile it already has 5 lines and it is diligently built on.

In Sevilla there is so far a subway line, 3 more are in planning. Even in Palma de Mallorca there is a subway line since some years. The Metro of Bilbao currently has 2 lines. In Malaga the subway was opened in 2014. The first two lines are in operation, another two will follow soon.

Tram in Spain

The tram is a rather rare means of transport in Spain (often referred to as tram). As in Germany, many lines were closed down about 20 to 30 years ago and replaced by buses. However, new tram lines are now being built in some cities (for example in Alicante). In the city of Valencia, the tram is still an important means of public transport. In some regions in Spain (around Barcelona, on the famous island of Mallorca) there are so-called museum trams for tourists.

Buses in Spain

Where there is no subway, there are buses in Spain. Large cities have a large number of bus lines. It is not always easy to get an overview. Also smaller cities and villages are very well supplied in Spain with local traffic. Spain has one of the best public transport systems in Europe.

Fares for public transport in Spain

Tickets can always be bought at the ticket machine or (if not available) from the driver. If you get caught without a ticket, you pay a hefty fine. Checks are frequent. The fares for underground and buses in Spain, however, are pleasantly low. A one-way trip usually costs around 1.80 euros (as of the end of 2018). However there are 10er-Karten (in former times often in tobacco shops, today mostly in automats), with which a simply journey is clearly more inexpensive (usually 30 to 40% less). In many cities and tariff zones you can also buy day tickets, weekly tickets, monthly tickets and/or annual tickets. The 10er-Karten are often the most interesting for the tourist. You just have to be sure that you want to travel so often. It should be remembered that one trip there and one return trip for two people already corresponds to four single trips.

Traffic hours local traffic in Spain

Buses and subways in Spain usually run from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. until around midnight (caution in smaller towns often ends early). In the really big cities there is a night bus network since some years. On Sundays there are considerably fewer buses, in the countryside (almost) none at all.

Taxis in Spain

Spain often goes by taxi. The fares are slightly lower than in Germany. A 10km ride costs about 15 Euro, a 3km ride about 6 Euro. Luggage usually costs extra. Taximeters must be available and switched on. If this is not the case (now rare) you should complain immediately. Most taxi drivers (but unfortunately not all) are honest. However, there is another common nuisance: Some drive much too fast and disregard all traffic rules. You can’t expect a taxi driver in Spain to speak English.

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