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10 Tips & Tricks for Bus Travel in Spain

8 Oct
travel by bus to Madrid

Madrid

You can now search and book tens of thousands of bus tickets in Spain directly on Busbud.com. To celebrate, we’ve made Spain our Country of the Month! We’re also giving one lucky winner and a friend unlimited bus tickets to the Iberian Peninsula for one month via our giveaway with Backpacker Travel. Click here to enter!

Traveling within Spain by bus is one of the best ways to discover the unrivalled landscapes the country has to offer – including a few gems you’ll definitely miss with the plane. With more bus paths than train routes, not only is the bus cheaper and greener, but it’s also the chosen mode of transportation among the locals. If you’re currently in the Iberian Peninsula or planning an upcoming trip, here are our 10 tips & tricks for bus travel in Spain.

1. Ride off the beaten path
Travelers with a penchant for wanderlust usually revel in the idea of an offbeat adventure, and choosing the bus will help you get there. Taking the bus in Spain is perfect for visiting more than one city or village off the beaten path because they usually take routes that don’t exist by train. With prime views of the peninsula’s panorama, unearth the many wonders that dot the landscape. If you pass through small towns, you’ll even get the chance to observe how the locals live.

Huesca

Huesca

2. Take advantage of full stops
Another great way to snap Instagram-worthy pictures is by getting off the bus! Not only are these breaks welcome after hours of sitting, they’re ideal for uncovering Spain’s picturesque backdrop. If you’re traveling by day, you’ll begin sightseeing before reaching your destination and you’ll get a view of the scenic bus route on the Spanish countryside – for free.

3. Discover Spain’s regional dishes
Delving into the local fare is a fun way to discover other cultures. Want to begin sampling the region’s food before stepping off the bus? Pick up a slice of Spanish tortilla, croquettes, or empanadas for lunch breaks. These goodies are easy to pack, making them perfect for on-the-go munchies.

4. Dress for both hot and cold temperatures
Depending on where you are going, it can get pretty hot, meaning your bus will most likely have the air-conditioning cranked up. While driving along the coast to and from sunny locations like Cartagena and Murcia will leave you dreaming of sunbathing on the beach, it can get chilly inside the bus, so pack an extra sweater or a small blanket.

Murcia

Murcia

5. Make time for la siesta
When in Spain, do like the Spaniards do…and take a siesta! Typically held in the afternoon after lunch, take the time to adjust to the Spanish style of living before you arrive. It’s even a good excuse to catch up on some much needed sleep during the long trek.

6. Research and book your bus tickets online
Search your departure date & time and book your ticket with Busbud. Once that’s done, simply arrive at the bus terminal and board stress free! This is also the easiest way to ensure you are booking through a safe and reliable bus company – and it’s an eco-friendly alternative to other modes of transportation.

7. Upgrade for luxury
Consider upgrading to first class for ultimate comfort, as Spain has some pretty luxurious coach buses that are at par with some airline cabins. The majority will offer reclining leather seats, extra legroom, WiFi, power outlets, movie screens, air conditioning, as well as onboard snacks and meals.

8. Stay organized
Many buses journey to neighboring countries, and though most Western countries in the European Union do not have border checkpoints, passport checks still happen from time to time. Be sure to keep passports and bus tickets in order and within reach.

Malaga

Malaga

9. Talk the talk
Knowing a few key words and phrases in Spanish and Catalan will come in handy for bus travel in Spain: Bus (autobús), bus station (estación de autobús/estació d’autobús), Where is the bus stop? (¿Dónde está la parada del autobús?/On és la parada de l’autobús?), schedule (horario/horari), arrival (llegada/arribada), departure (salida/sortida), destination (destino/destí), bus driver (conductor de autobús/conductor d’autobús).

10. Chat with your bus driver
If you do speak the language, chat your driver up during breaks. You’ll be amazed at how much they know – and how much they’ve seen. They will even give you tips on which side of the bus you should sit on to get the nicest views…and photos!

Have you taken the bus throughout Spain and have some tips you would like to share? Let us know in the comments below!

Don’t forget to enter our Spain giveaway! Click here to enter.

 

Busbud Joins Smart Move Campaign

25 Jan

Smart Move Campaign

Busbud is happy to announce that we will be joining as a partner Smart Move, a global industry awareness campaign to double the use of buses and coaches and achieve sustainable mobility for all.

Since its launch in 2011, Busbud has been committed to promoting bus travel to its audience of travellers around the world, notably by making it easier than ever before to search and book bus travel online.

The Smart Move campaign is a joint effort by the IRU and Busworld and is endorsed by 85 committed partners around the world. Smart Move’s mission is to promote the bus as a safe, environmentally-friendly, affordable, user-friendly and efficient means of collective passenger transport.

Buses and coaches offer an optimal solution to a range of current mobility challenges facing modern societies, including climate change, road safety, connectivity, social inclusion and congestion, to name but a few.

Smart Move Bus Shot

Source: Smart Move

Smart Move also aims to raise political and media awareness that the sustainable mobility solutions we seek are at our fingertips, simply by doubling the use of bus and coach transport worldwide. In Europe alone, such an increase would have the following impact:

  • A reduction in CO2 emissions by at least 50 million tonnes per year;
  • A reduction in fatalities on roads and streets, by more than 3000 per year;  
  • A significant reduction of congestions in cities at zero cost for taxpayers, as a result of the expected 10-15% reduction in car traffic;
  • The creation of 4 million new jobs.

In fact, buses and coaches are clear environmental champions compared to other modes of mass transport (especially car and air)! The following graph shows the level of CO2 emissions for various modes of transport per passenger/kilometer.

Co2 Emissions Chart

Source: World Tourism Organisation (WTO)’s Conference on environmentally friendly travelling in Europe, 2006 via Smart Move

At Busbud, we think that Smart Move’s mission is so important and so closely interwoven with our values that we simply had to partner up together to help spread the message!

We look forward to working with Smart Move in the future to keep promoting bus and coach travel worldwide as an affordable, efficient and eco-friendly travel option.

To learn about Smart Move, visit their website, or follow them on FacebookTwitter or Youtube today!

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