Transportation to Major Public Universities in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Sevilla, and Salamanca

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Spain is a first world country with a highly-developed transportation system. The transportation system in Spain is defined by a broad network of interconnecting roads, railways, air routes, ports, and rapid transit such as; metros, subways, and underground transport, specifically in urban areas. The main forms of transport are usually centered in and radiate from Madrid, which is found in the center of the country and often connect easily to major cities in the surrounding areas. Moving around the country of Spain is made easy with so many different options. Let us focus in on traveling to some of Spain’s most prominent public universities.

Transportation to Universities in Madrid

The Autonomous University of Madrid is one of the most important universities in the country and is easy to get to. If you don’t have a car, you can arrive to the university by taking the Cercanias Rail Line, as the university conveniently has a train station right on campus. The name of this stop is Cantoblanco. If you happen to be arriving to the country by plane, you would have the option of taking the metro from the airport to a connecting Cercanias Rail Station and from there can get off right at Autonomous University of Madrid. Another option for getting to the school would be by taking a bus. Bus number 715, for example, comes from the heart of Madrid at Plaza de Castilla in terminal 13 and will take you straight to the University. There on consistent streams of busses on this route, generally at least every fifteen to thirty minutes. Taking a taxi is another way of getting to the university. If you are going from the Barajas-Madrid airport you will pay approximately 30 euros for the trip. A taxi is likely the most expensive option; however, it will be the most hassle-free, especially if you are unfamiliar with the area.

Another very popular public school in Madrid is the Technical University of Madrid. The university is approximately 18 kilometers from the Barajas-Madrid international airport. If you are flying into this airport you can easily find a taxi out front that can take you directly to the university. If you are looking for a more economical way to get to there you can also can take the metro. You would need to get off at Ciudad Universitaria and from there you a just a few steps away from campus. If you are coming from the center of the city, you can simply walk to the Technical University. It is about fifteen minutes by foot from the city center. This is a very well-known school and if you happen to get lost, just ask. People are general friendly and can help point you in the right direction.

Complutense University of Madrid is one of the oldest universities world-wide and consistently ranked at the top of Spain’s universities. Complutense University or UCM is a public university also located in Madrid. UCM has two campuses, the bigger one is found in the center of the city and you can most easily be reached on the Metro at stop, Ciudad Universitaria. The other, smaller campus is in residential area and can also be reached by the Metro and getting off at Campus de Somosaguas. UCM can also be reached by the suburban, EMT, bus. Depending on where you are coming from, your travel time and number of busses needed to take will vary. You can, however, map your route and consider further details on price and bus schedules at their website:

Transportation to Universities in Barcelona

Now, moving onto popular universities outside of Madrid, let’s look at a few schools in Barcelona. The Autonomous University of Barcelona, or Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, is a great school to attend for both national and international students. The school is located in Cerdanyola del Valle of Barcelona in Catalonia. The most recommendable way to arrive at UAB from the airport in Barcelona would be this following. Take the RENFE train at the airport to the Barcelona-Sants station. Once you are there, you will need to switch to a train that goes to Placa Catalunya. You should not have to wait very long, as trains come very frequently. When you are in Placa Catalunya station, you will need to look for trains the “Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya – FGC” written on them. You should take a FGC train towards Sabadell, line 52 or line 555 to the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona station. This may seem like a lot; however, this entire journey should only take you about a half an hour and its quite simple.

Pompeu Fabra de Barcelona or Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) is another highly ranked and internationally recognized university located in Barcelona. UPF can be reached by bus and is one of the best ways to get there. Since Barcelona has multiple bus stations and are very reliable, inexpensive, and timely, many students use the bus as their principle form of transportation. There is a bus station called “Estacion del Norte” which is located only 10 minutes by foot from the campus.

If you decide you would rather not take the bus, you can also get to Universitat Pompeu Fabra buy using the train (Renfe). Depending on where in the city you are coming from, you will need to take either the 1, 3 or 4 lines and your stop will be Arc de Triomf. For more detailed information on the Renfe services, you can visit their website directly at:

Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Barcelona Tech) is another top pick for international students. It is especially known for being “green” or energy efficient and is renowned for the in-depth research done there. The campus is located in an area with a good amount of nearby student housing. However, if you aren’t close enough to campus to walk, there is a bus stop on campus at Jordi Girona-Tinent Coronel Valenzuela on bus line 33.

Transportation to Universities in Sevilla

Most major colleges and universities in Sevilla can be reached by one of the following methods. If you are already in the city, you might just be able to easily walk to your university. Sevilla has spacious sidewalks and the city is generally very safe. Walking not only allows you to get some exercise, but it is often the quickest way to get around as you avoid traffic. Sevilla is a great city to get around in by bike too. They have many options for renting a bike if you don’t have your own. The Sevilla city bus is also a very efficient and economical way of getting around. So, if you are living in an area that is a little too far to walk or bike from, the city bus is your cheapest option. A one-way ticket costs €1.40 and if you are staying within the historical city center you can take buses C3 and C4, as they are generally the most useful. Depending on your travels, you might also want to look further into Seville’s tram and underground metro systems which might end up being the perfect option for you.

The University of Seville is essentially surrounded by multiple bus stops, which is going to be how most students who can’t walk will arrive to campus. You should, however, also keep in mind that there is a metro stop, Puerta de Jerez, located less than one block away from the heart of the campus.

Pablo de Olavide University is the second public university in Seville. This is one of the few places that can be easily reached by the Metro. Seville does not have an intricate metro system, but, Pablo de Olavide University is conveniently located on one of its few stops.

Transportation to the University of Valencia

The University of Valencia or Universitat de Valencia, is one the most prominent and popular in the area. It expands across the whole city, with three different campus’. If you are looking to travel to the Campus de Blasco Ibanez, you can get there either by bus (EMT) or by the metro on line 3 and make sure to get off on the Facultats stop. If you are traveling to Campus de Burjassot – Paterna, you can take the bus (EMT), the tram or the metro combined with a short bike ride. If you need to get to Campus dels Tarongers, you have the option of either taking the bus (EMT) or the tram.

Transportation to the University of Salamanca

Like Sevilla, Salamanca is a great city for walking and biking and has been set up to protect its pedestrians. If you chose not to walk or bike, you can also use the bus. The University of Salamanca can easily be reached by bus and you can use one of a combination of the 13 bus lines available throughout the city to arrive at your destination. Salamanca does not have extensive intercity transportation available, so make sure you take this into consideration while choosing where you will live and how far it is away from your university, as it is most likely you will either be getting to your classes either by walking, biking or by bus on a day to day basis.