What are the best ways to travel around Spain/Europe/beyond?
Once you arrive in Madrid, the world is at your fingertips! As a major European capital city, all types of transportation pass through Madrid and it’s easy to get just about anywhere you want to go. While it’s common to want to travel anywhere and everywhere while you’re here, do keep in mind that Madrid on the weekends is a special experience too. Therefore, we highly recommend that you spend at least a few weekends exploring your home city as well.
When you do decide to leave the city, you have many transportation options. For more information on travel options and how to book, please refer to the information found on the Travel From Madrid page of our website.
While your choice of airline, hostel, or travel time can help you save money, make sure to be well-informed before booking. Ask yourself questions such as: In what ways will the airline try to charge me additional fees (i.e. printing a boarding pass at the airport, checking a bag that doesn’t fit within carry-on restrictions, etc.)? Have I read reviews of this hostel before agreeing to stay there (regarding safety, location, additional fees for breakfast or lockers or towels, etc.)? Will I be able to travel between the airport and my hostel at this time? Sometimes a few extra euros on your initial reservation will save you money (and peace of mind) later.
Will I have a problem reentering Spain after traveling outside the country?
The requirements for reentry to Spain are as follows for students with American passports:
Students without a visa
If you have finished the 90-day stay without a visa and you travel out of Spain, you will not be allowed to reenter.
Students with a 180-day visa
You need to check that your visa says “multiple entries”. You can reenter Spain without any problems when you return from your trips.
Keep in mind that visas are national, so you are allowed to travel through any Schengen country. It will be a good idea to check in the countries that you are traveling what their requirements are:
Students without “multiple entries” must request a return authorization:
Academic Year students
With a Tarjeta de Residencia (NIE) you can enter and leave Spain without any problems. You need to check the requirements to travel to other countries:
If you have lost your Tarjeta de Residencia (NIE) and you are in the process of getting a new one, you need to request a return authorization:
Students who do not have American or EU passports and want to travel outside the Schengen zone must check the entry requirements of their destination country.