Transportation

Learn details about air, rail, bus and car transportation, along with costs and safety information. Below is a brief excerpt from this section:  

Spain’s major cities have buses and tranvías (trams), and are also linked by an inter-city rail system managed by Renfe under the name of Cercanías (‘vicinity’ in Spanish) or Rodalies (in Catalan). Madrid, Barcelona, Seville and Valencia also have metros (subways). Madrid’s metro is the fastest-growing system in Europe, having doubled in size over the past 15 years. With 13 lines, 300 stations and 293 kilometers of routes, Madrid has the eighth-longest metro in the world.

In the Madrid Metro system (Spanish, English), transportation costs range from a single metro and bus ticket in Zone A at 1.50 EUR to a monthly travel card in Zone A at 54.60 EUR. In Barcelona’s Metro network (Spanish, English, Catalan), a single metro or bus ticket is 2.15 EUR, and a 30-day pass within Zone 1 is 52.75 EUR. In both cities, public transportation services offer a wide range of discount options for students, unemployed people or senior travelers, among other group and tourist options. 

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