Another popular way to reach Spain, if you are already holidaying in Europe, is to take the train. Eurail connects 28 countries across Europe by train and not only is it a wallet-friendly way to travel; it also allows you to soak up Europe’s beautiful landscapes, rolling pastures and small towns that the trains travel through, which you may not be able to experience if you take a flight. You can opt for many different types of passes, depending on the duration of your trip, the number of countries you are visiting and your own style of travelling, whether it is spontaneous or well-planned to the last detail.
Road tripping through Europe is a wonderful experience in its own right. If you have the time to drive, a good set of companions for the journey, a fun playlist of music and a driver’s license, this is a fun way to reach Spain from neighbouring countries like Portugal and even, other parts of Europe. In most cases, Indian license holders can drive around Europe for a limited period without an International Driver’s Permit, as long as the license is in English. But make sure to double-check before you go ahead with this option. Make sure to opt for a global car rental company that provides you with all the necessary documentation and papers you need (such as car registration, insurance documents etc.) to avoid facing any problems later on in your trip. As with other modes of transport, secure your car rental before you reach Spain, as prices can soar during the summertime and the best car options can often sell out months in advance. At SOTC, we have been helping people reach and travel around Spain for many, many years. We can help you find the best way to reach Spain for your holiday, based on your budget, your preferences, your companions and your time constraints. Come visit us at your local SOTC brand and we can get down to planning with some exciting package holidays to Spain.
If you are on a tight budget and want to make your money go farther, opting to take a bus into Spain might be a good idea. While the trip will be slightly longer than if you were to take a train or fly, most bus companies offer very comfortable vehicles equipped with necessities like Wi-Fi and reclining seats, so you will be at total ease on your commute. There are many Spanish companies like FlixBus which provide bus services to get around the different cities of Spain as well. While you can typically purchase your ticket at the time of travel at the bus depot, we recommend booking ahead of time through the bus provider’s website, especially if you are travelling during peak tourist season.
If you’re travelling from India, you will have to fly into Spain. Unfortunately, there are no direct flights to Spain from major cities in India like Mumbai, New Delhi and Bangalore, but there are plenty of connecting flights that run via cities like London, Munich and Zurich, to name a few. If you have the time, you can choose to extend your stopover and have a quick daytrip in whichever city you are flying through – and if not, most flights will get you there within twelve to sixteen hours, depending on the duration of the stopover. Summer (June to August) is the peak season for tourism in Spain so if you intend to fly during these months, it is a good idea to plan and book your tickets in advance, as quick and high price hikes are quite common. If you have the time and are willing to hunt down the best deal, you may want to look at flying into another European city – perhaps, one that is less of a tourist hotspot – and then taking the train, driving down or switching to a low-cost European airline to reach Spain. This might be a bit of a hassle if you are travelling with a lot of luggage or a big group, but it can save you money that you can spend on others parts of your trip like food, drink and activities. If you are already in Europe and are looking to fly to Spain, there are a host of low-cost airlines that are cheap, quick and efficient – these include airlines like Ryan Air, Vueling and Easy Jet, amongst others. Tickets with these carriers can be very cheap, depending on where and when you are flying in to Spain from, but it is important to note that the base ticket fair usually excludes many products and services you would get with a regular flight ticket. For example, basic tickets usually allow each person to only carry one piece of hand luggage – so you may have to purchase extra baggage and other services separate to your ticket. While these airlines can be unpredictable when it comes to delays, they allow you to travel around Europe on quickly and at low prices.