Spain Transportation Tips by Beach_dog
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EasyJet Bristol to Malaga.
As the summer months approach flights are becoming a lot more expensive, despite fierce competition between companies. It seems demand is even outstripping the numerous flights covering many routes.
My suggestion is BOOK EARLY, the flight costs increase dramatically as the departure date nears.
GO have now fully merged with Easyjet, all flights now operate under the Easyjet name.
Flybe is operating to Alicante, Ibiza and Malaga from the UK, their site for bookings and routes is at....
Oh and did I say.... BOOK EARLY... for the best flight deals. Advance bookings can be as cheap as ?50 one way, on all discount airlines.
Monarch Airlines have long operated flights to Spain, Portugal and the Canaries their booking site is at...
Another new discount airline I've just discovered is GB Airways a subsiduary of British Airways. They operate to Girona, Valencia, Alicante, Murcia, Almeria, Malaga, Sevilla, Palma and Menorca, Gibraltar, and Faro, Porto in Portugal.
Ryanair now operate flights from the UK and Ireland to Girona, Murcia, Malaga, Jerez and Faro in Portugal.
MyTravelLite operate from Birmingham to Alicante, Barcelona, Malaga, Murcia, Palma and Faro in Portugal.
A Spanish bus at Ojen.
There are excellent bus services all over Spain and most major cities are covered by coach services. The bus services are very cheapand are the most common form of public transport. The quality of the buses vary from ultra modern with all facilities serving the cities and major towns, to battered old relics serving the small villages and rural areas.
Before boarding a bus it's normal to buy your ticket first at the ticket office or from a machine, but on others (especially if the bus is on mid-route) you buy it from the driver, it's best to ask locally about this. Booking / buying the ticket beforehand will guarantee you a seat, and the ticket will normally have a seat number. Smoking is not allowed on buses. Buses are normally entered by the front door, and you disembark from a central side door. On many buses you have to signal the driver to stop if it's not a main stop on a route.
Buses may have a reduced service on Public holidays and Sundays.
Bus trips can be confusing, if you have connections to make, often different companies can operate from different bus stations in the same town, so it's worth checking beforehand if you can as to where arrival and departure stations are.
I've enjoyed my trips by bus in Spain, they are inexpensive and afford good views of the country.
The website below (Movelia) gives good information on routes and prices. The other sites are for specific companies and may not cover the whole of Spain.
Alsa - All of Spain
AutoRes - Central Spain
South West Spain (Andalucia) - Algeciras, Cadiz, Sevilla, La Linea (Gibraltar), Malaga.
Autocares Costa Azul - Alicante, Torreviaja, Cartagena, Murcia
Go Flight... Bristol to Malaga
I will talk mainly here about getting to Spain from the United Kingdom. Many of the new 'no frills' airlines operate from various UK airports to various locations in Spain. Tickets can be obtained from as little as ?50 return (75 Euros or Dollars), but booking normally has to be done early, at least 8 weeks prior to departure to secure these prices. After that the prices will rise, but cheap tickets can also be obtained at the very last minute at the airports, but you take a chance with availability. A discount is normally given if flights are booked over the internet.
Suggested Airlines and their websites are......
Bmi Baby www.bmibaby.com/
Easy Jet www.easyjet.com/
Go www.go-fly.com .....(this company has merged with EasyJet and will trade in that name after March 2003.)
Charter fights are also fairly easy to obtain, Single or returns can normally be booked. They can offer more flexibility in departure and arrival airports, but flights are not so frequent so some flexibility may be needed in the dates of travel, also return tickets are normally fixed at 7, 10, 11 or 14 days.
Suggested Airlines and their websites....
My Travel www.uk.mytravel.com/
My experience of rail travel in Spain has been good. Modern clean and comfortable cabins, some with TV and music. The prices are reasonable, I paid $36 for a trip between Alicante and Madrid, a distance of 300 miles. I found the mode of transport good because it allowed me to see the real countryside, I'd recommend it to anyone.
The website shows the network and online timetables and prices. It is Spanish language.
Other Contact: www.renfe.es
Malaga port from the Gibralfaro. Oct 2002.
Many ferry companies operate to and arond Spain, the biggest is Transmediterranea, operating from Spain to the Balearic Islands, Canary Island and North Africa. Also Balearia and Pitra/Umsfisa Lines. Links to internal ferry companies:-
UK , France, Italy :-
North Africa :-
Flying around Spain is often cheaper than expected, the three Spanish airlines often have offers, especially if booked in advance. Often the fares can be less than the equivalent train journey and more importantly you can often arrive at your destination in a fraction of the time. I would certainly recommend checking the websites of the major airlines before planning a trip. On a few occassions I've found Malaga Madrid for as little as €32 (€64 return), the train has cost €45 (€90 return), the flight is 50 minutes but the train will take 5 hours.
Three major airlines fly internal routes around Spain, Iberia, Spanair and Air Europa.
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