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Travelling Spain by road

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Spain has more than 16,000 kilometres of motorways, some with tolls. Here you will find a table with Spain's most important road arteries.

Main roads in Spain

 

ROADROUTEDISTANCE AND APPROXIMATE TIME
A1Madrid - Burgos    250 km / 2 hrs 30 min
A2Madrid - Zaragoza (continues to Barcelona with the AP2)    To Zaragoza: 315 km / 3 hours    To Barcelona: 620 km / 6 hours
A3Madrid - Valencia    350 km / 3 hrs 30 min
A4Madrid - Seville (continues to Cádiz with the AP4)    To Seville: 530 km / 5 hours    To Cadiz: 650 km / 6 hours
A5Madrid - Badajoz    400 km / 3 hrs 45 min
A6Madrid - A Coruña    600 km / 5 hrs 45 min
A7 and AP7From north to south, the Mediterranean coast. From the French border to Malaga    1200 km / 11 hours
AP8The north road. From Torrelavega to Aviles    175 km / 1 hr 45 min
A9 and AP9From Ferrol and A Coruña to the Portuguese border (Tuy)    200 km / 2 hours

Roads and motorways

The vast majority of Spanish roads are toll-free. These include motorways (independent roads in each direction and with no intersections at the same level).Nevertheless, there is a series of roads that may require the payment of a toll. These are the motorways. The cost varies in each case, but there are generally alternative routes that are free to use. You can check the motorways that require toll payment here.Large cities can usually be accessed through bypasses that have numerous entrance points into the city.

A-1 motorway at night, Madrid

Useful information

Regulated parking: it is common for cities to have regulated parking spaces on the street with parking meters. You will be able to recognise the regulated zones by the coloured lines in the parking areas.Traffic restrictions: many destinations have bans or traffic restrictions for non-resident or polluting vehicles. These include numerous monument cities that have restricted motor vehicle access to their historic centres. Likewise, Madrid only allows Zero Emission and resident vehicles to access its city centre. Occasionally and depending on the levels of pollution, Madrid and Barcelona limit the traffic inside the main ring road.Toll payment: tolls may be paid in cash, by credit card or using electronic toll services (requires the installation of a device in the car)We recommend you read our practical advice about driving in Spain.