Travelling in Spain
Interior of an airport
There are excellent air connections between the major Spanish cities. The largest airports are Adolfo Suárez Madrid - Barajas and El Prat, in Barcelona, offering the greatest number of daily flights. But there are also important airports in Bilbao, Málaga, Santiago de Compostela, Seville and Valencia amongst others.
Madrid-Barcelona air shuttle
Spain's extensive network of air services also provides daily flights between the islands and the peninsular. The most important airports in the Canary Islands are Gran Canaria, Tenerife Sur and Tenerife Norte, operating services to the principal mainland cities with flight times of less than three hours. In the Balearic Islands, the biggest airport is Palma de Mallorca.
Flights to the Canary Islands
Airplanes are the fastest means of transport to get to the Canary Islands from the rest of Spain. All seven Canary islands have airports, and the ones in Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and La Palma connect to various cities in the rest of Spain.
|ORIGIN||ISLAND DESTINATIONS||APPROXIMATE TIME|
|Madrid||Gran Canaria - Tenerife - Fuerteventura - Lanzarote - La Palma||2h 40 min|
|Barcelona||Gran Canaria - Tenerife - Fuerteventura - Lanzarote - La Palma||3h 15 min|
|Bilbao||Gran Canaria - Tenerife - Fuerteventura - Lanzarote - La Palma||3 hours|
|Seville||Gran Canaria - Tenerife - Fuerteventura - Lanzarote||2 hours|
|Santiago de Compostela||Gran Canaria - Tenerife - Fuerteventura - Lanzarote||2h 45 min|
|Malaga||Gran Canaria - Tenerife - Fuerteventura - Lanzarote||2 hours|
|Valencia||Gran Canaria - Tenerife - Lanzarote||2h 45 min|
|Alicante||Gran Canaria - Tenerife||2h 30 min|
|Minorca||Tenerife||3h 45 min|
|Gran Canaria - Lanzarote||40 minutes|
|Gran Canaria - Fuerteventura||45 minutes|
|Gran Canaria - Tenerife||30 minutes|
|Gran Canaria - La Gomera||1 hour|
|Gran Canaria La Palma||50 minutes|
|Gran Canaria - El Hierro||55 minutes|
|Tenerife - Lanzarote||50 minutes|
|Tenerife - Fuerteventura||50 minutes|
|Tenerife - La Gomera||30 minutes|
|Tenerife - La Palma||30 minutes|
|Tenerife - El Hierro||40 minutes|
Flights to the Balearic Islands
Furthermore, bear in mind that the majority of airports are located less than 20 kilometres from the main city centres, which you can get to by train, taxi, bus or metro.
We recommend you check our practical tips before starting your journey. You can also get more information on airlines operating in Spain, types of flights, security regulations, baggage limits and check-in at the AENA (Spanish Airports and Aerial Navigation) website.