Connections to Spanish cities: today we talk about transport.
One of the main requirements when choosing a destination both for holding an event or spending a holiday,are the connections that enable us to arrive comfortably to the city we have chosen. At other times we may complicate the situation if the destination chosen has attracted us for a particular reason.
In Spain there is a total of 48 airports with regular traffic. With 50 cities in total, it is quite easy to find an airport near the chosen destination. Madrid is the busiest airport in the country, followed closely by Barcelona, as you would imagine. After that come Palma de Mallorca, Málaga & Gran Canaria, destinations where, like many other coastal cities and, in spite of having fairly intense traffic throughout the year, the number of flights by operating companies increases considerably in summer.
The list of airports in order of intensity of traffic follows on with Alicante, Ibiza, Valencia, Tenerife, Sevilla, Lanzarote, Bilbao, Jerez, Fuerteventura, Sabadell, Menorca, Santiago, La Palma, Girona, Coruña, Reus, Granada, Almería, Vigo, Asturias, Murcia, Santander, Huesca, Vitoria, Sn Bonet, Zaragoza, Melilla, Salamanca, Ceuta, Pamplona, Córdoba, San Sebastián, Valladolid, El Hierro, Algeciras, León, La Gomera, Burgos, Badajoz, Logroño & Albacete.
On the following map you can see the location of each airport. You can see they are widely spread over the whole country so that whichever destination we wish to reach, there will be an airport nearby or, in the worst of cases, a maximum of 2 hours distance from the airport where landing. In the next point we shall detail the connection options between provinces.
The AVE (high speed train), an alternative not always contemplated:
If the city we wish to reach does not have an airport nearby or the dates we are looking at are not available or there are not sufficient flights and we cannot find another option, what can we do? What connections are there?
Logically, if the distance to the final destination is near the place where we are going to land we can get a coach which, in the worst of cases, is less than 2 hours, as we mentioned before, which will take us to the chosen city. However, there is another option. In Spain we have a very comfortable alternative and it works exceptionally well: the high speed train, the AVE. Leaving Madrid, which is the airport with most connections, we can easily take the AVE to many different points in Spain.
What advantages are there to this means of transport? For us, these are the most important points to take into consideration:
- Extensive timetable availability. Also, if you arrive early and there is room in the previous train you can take that one at no extra cost.
- Connections to Madrid are an average maximum of 2,5 hours to all those cities that have the AVE infrastructure.
- It is always punctual, arrival time does not vary by more than 5 minutes, but we can forgive them that, don´t you think?
- It is very comfortable. Wide seats, wifi if you need it, quiet carriages for greater concentration or rest, cafetería… you can take advantage and work comfortably until you reach your destination if it is a business trip or enjoy a drink in the cafeteria if your trip is to disconnect.
There are other cases when it is not possible to take the AVE because the infrastructure is not there to connect all the Spanish capitals (although in recent years this issue has been progressing rapidly at a national level). But, as we were saying, transport by coach or private car is always going to be an available option that is normally a priority for groups, inasmuch we can provide a more personalised service for the client.
For example, if our destination is Granada, whose airport does not have flights available for the dates required, we shall definitely find availability at Málaga airport. From Málaga we can simply organise a transfer by coach or car to Granada, which will take an hour and a half. The same could be applied to Cádiz, where there is a good connection via Sevilla airport.
There are many variables in the transport requirements of each visitor, possible connections, communication between cities…. It is something much better dealt with in a personal way which is what we are here for, to help you “find your way” J
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