Cars and Motorcycles
Like other large European cities, space is at a premium so small cars and more practical for narrow streets and parking purposes. Consequently, there are few SUV’s or minivans and a considerable number of motorcycles. Although the driving age is 18, few have cars at that age.
There is an excellent network of buses and a subway system in Madrid that even extends out to the suburbs. Students can purchase a discounted monthly pass that is inexpensive and practical.
Although you can hail a taxi, the most popular way to get around is to order a ride using a mobile app from Cabify not Uber. Madrid-based Cabify is less expensive than taxis and Uber and provides free Wi-Fi and bottled water. Students usually share a Cabify ride when returning home early in the morning from a party.
Within the country, many Spaniards travel by car to reach their destination. Trains are also very practical, but do not go to all city destinations as one would hope. For example the most popular ski station in the Pyrenees is not accessible by train, nor is the famed Alhambra in Granada, which requires a transfer to the bus system. Surprisingly, the bus network is extensive, and the buses are clean and comfortable. Air Iberia, Spain’s airline, provides low cost flights within the country and to the Balearic Islands such as Mallorca.