The Arabesque towns of Andalusia, the stunning islands in the middle of the Mediterranean sea and the Atlantic Ocean, the pilgrim ways along the roads from the Pyrenees, on the East side, to Galicia on the opposite side - Spain is all of this and more! It’s worth visiting more than one city in this beautiful and diverse country of the Iberian peninsula and the best way to do it is to travel by bus. Choose your itinerary, compare the available bus companies and purchase tickets for your next trip on Wanderio!
The Spanish bus network
Popular bus routes in Spain
The most popular bus routes in Spain
Depending on the tour you’re planning, you can find several interesting routes - which are very popular among locals too - that will let you visit the most beautiful cities of Spain. If you want to spend some time at least in the two main Spanish cities, get on a coach from Madrid to Barcelona and you’ll be thrown into the wild Catalan capital in approximately eight hours. Among the short and medium-haul worthwhile routes you can find if you intend to travel to the most beautiful regions of Spain there are the one from Madrid to Granada, Andalusian gem dominated by the Alhambra, or, if you’re leaving from the Catalan city instead, coaches that get you from Barcelona to Valencia, where you’ll be fascinated by the City of Arts and Sciences as well as the historical center. Alternatively, if you prefer the Basque Country unspoiled landscapes to the Southern sunny beaches, you can get a bus from Madrid to Bilbao and, after a tour of the stunning architecture of the city, you can wander through the beautiful nearby areas or the high and jagged coastline.
Map: bus coverage in Spain
Bus routes in Spain
Although there is no national bus service, Alsa is actually the leader company among Spanish people and tourists. However, there are other providers that offer services in more specific areas, like Avanza, Hife and Flixbus. With a search on Wanderio, you’ll be able to check how many companies operate on the itinerary you’re interested in so as to find the price and departure hour that best suits your need and book a trip tailored to you.
Now part of the National Express group, Alsa owns a consistent market share in its industry in Spain. In fact, it links hundreds of cities with a pretty high frequency, especially on the most popular routes. Also, single ride prices are very affordable - booking some weeks in advance, you can find tickets from just € 5 even for getting from Madrid to Barcelona, definitely the cheapest price possible considering it’s a long-haul trip.
Popular bus routes with ALSA
Discover Spain by bus with ALSA
Apart from operating in the city transportation and on short and medium-haul routes from Madrid, Avanza is the second bus company of Spain as far as long-haul trips are concerned. From the capital, you can get to Valencia, Salamanca or Cuenca; from Seville instead, you can go from one place to another within Andalusia, visiting Malaga, Marbella or even Ronda. Thanks to the recurring deals, you can find tickets from € 7 with Avanza.
The multinational bus company works in Spain too. However, in the Iberian country, Eurolines focuses on international routes with departures from dozens of Spanish cities towards the neighboring countries, such as Portugal, France, the Netherlands, and Italy. Also, Eurolines prices can be cheaper than flights - prices for a coach from Barcelona to Milan, for instance, start from € 55, while you can find tickets at € 31 for getting from Madrid to Lisbon.
Other bus companies in Spain
In addition to the biggest groups, there are also several companies that operate in smaller areas of the country. Among them, you can find Hife (Hispano de Fuente En Segures), which has been operating in Spain for more than 100 years on routes over the Eastern side of the country; Tortosa, in the South, is the hub for many of its itineraries - from here, you can reach San Sebastián, Valencia as well as the capital. The Samar group, in spite of its long history, focuses especially on Madrid, Seville, and Zaragoza. Bilman Bus, instead, links the Northern regions of Cantabria, La Rioja and Navarra with those in the South (more specifically, Valencia and Murcia) through Teruel, a small town in between.
There are many reasons why you should get a bus to travel Spain. Let’s have a look at the perks of traveling by bus then!
Even though prices for a train ride in Spain are rather cheap, they can be more expensive when the date of the departure gets closer. The Iberian country bus providers instead have a great value for money - especially when booked a bit earlier, you can purchase tickets at just € 5 for medium or long-haul trips. Moreover, using Wanderio, you’re sure to find the best fare possible, being able to compare the different companies that operate on the route of your interest.
The bus network is widespread
You can reach the biggest cities as well as the hidden gems of Spain by bus, getting right to the heart of your destination. At the same time, there are routes with the main airports of the country as the departure or arrival point. Whether you want to go to Seville or to the beautiful Mérida, a small Roman town in the Extremadura region that is house to one of the most evocative theater festivals of Spain, or you just need to get to the Madrid - Barajas airport for coming back home, you’ll find several coaches to reach your destination. Search on the Wanderio App or site and find any route in Spain by bus (but also by train or flight).
Spanish coaches offer all the necessary onboard services, from toilets to spacious seats, to wi-fi connection and sockets. Even many locals use buses to travel within the Spanish boundaries - you could take the chance to make new friends and have some tips for your trip!