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Buses in Spain
General Information about Spanish Buses
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The Iberian Peninsula is generally quite rugged, especially in Spain which is one of the most mountainous countries in Europe. The Sierra de Madrid and Sierra Nevada mountain ranges, as well as the Pyrenees or the Picos de Europa, are some of the more famous ranges you may journey across or to. Traveling by bus through this country is a unique experience as you can enjoy incredible landscapes that vary greatly from one region to another. Because of the rugged countryside, establishing railroads can be difficult in some areas; however, buses usually have no problem with the Spanish landscape. Bus trips are also often cheaper than train travel or going by car.
With GoEuro, most of the times you will not need to print your mobile ticket and you can travel by buses in Spain with your phone. To collect your tickets in the automatic stations, you must bring your reservation code received by mail.
Bus Companies in Spain
The main bus provider for Spain is Alsa, transporting a high volume of passengers and offering a huge range of destinations. Recently they have launched their bus line called Supra, which aims to enhance the experience of traveling by bus with services on par with what you might expect from air travel. Other popular bus companies include Socibus, Avanza, Conda, Daibus, and Damas. On many of the bus routes, you can expect standard services including WiFi, toilet facilities, accessibility for those with reduced mobility, entertainment and films, newspapers and magazines, and beverages for purchase. This can vary according to the provider and the length of the journey, with longer bus routes tending to have more of these services available.
Alsa: Alsa is one of the largest bus companies in Europe and the main bus company in Spain. Alsa buses connect virtually all cities in Spain as well as more than 300 international destinations across 16 countries in Europe and Morocco. Alsa is a member of the Eurolines bus group which authorizes Alsa buses to travel routes in other countries including Portugal, France, and Germany.
Avanza: Avanza and its subsidiaries is one of the most important transport companies in Spain. Founded in 2002, Avanza has become the main provider of short and medium distance buses in and around Madrid.
Daibus: Along with Interbus, Damas, and Lycar— Daibus is a member of the Damas Group. Founded in 1972, Daibus has a fleet of over 150 buses headquartered in Madrid. Daibus travels from Madrid to numerous destinations in the south of Spain.
FlixBus: FlixBus is not one of Spain's major bus companies; however, FlixBus does offer service to select cities in northern Spain near the French border including Barcelona, Bilbao, Girona, and San Sebastian. FlixBus connects Barcelona with 24 cities in France, Germany, and northern Italy. Travellers can travel from northern Spain to Bordeaux, Paris, Marseille, Toulouse, Nice, Lyon, Milan, and Munich with FlixBus.
Hife: Hife's origins extend back to the 19th-century as one of the first transporation companies in Spain. Hife's headquarters is located in Tortosa and primarily offers buses in and around Catalonia in northeastern Spain.
Movelia: Created in 2001, Movelia was the first company that allows you to reserve bus ticekts online. Movelia currently aggregates 23 bus operators which represent 70 companies. Due to the number of integrated bus companies, Movelia can offer over 55,000 bus routes. If Movelia cannot find a direct bus to make the desired route, it suggests connecting buses and offers advice and news about traveling by bus in Spain.
Socibus: Socibus only operates within Spain offering both long and shorter distance bus routes. One of the most important long-distance Socibus routes travels between Madrid - Cordoba - Cadiz - San Fernando. Socibus also travels from cities in the Basque Country to cities located in southern Spain. Socibus also oeprates shorter bus routes in Andalusia, particularly in and around Seville.
Facilities & Services for Major Bus Companies
Many companies operate modern fleets with comfortable, reclining seats, wifi and air-conditioning. Compare the services available.
Further facilities and services may vary according to the transport company and country of operation.
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