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As I wrote in an answer some time ago, there are, in my opinion, very good bus connections in Andalusia (and elsewhere in Spain). But I don't know of a single site where you could easily check the routes, schedules, and prices for any intercity bus trips in Spain.

Checking websites of individual companies is a workaround, yes. And if you don't know what company runs a certain route, you can usually google it up; for example: "santander bilbao autobus" → at least Termibus and ALSA.)

But my question is, is there any good aggregate bus search engine for Spain? Something like Plataforma 10 for Argentina & neighbouring countries, or Matkahuolto for Finland.

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When I was living in Spain I always used Movelia. They also have an english version now.

EDIT: Apparently AvanzaBus is not an aggregate of bus companies (thanks for the comment)

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Thanks! For some routes this seems ok, but not for all. Apparently they only have schedules of some companies. One example: Socibus runs a night bus from Cádiz to Madrid, but Movelia doesn't know about it. –  Jonik Aug 23 '12 at 13:26
    
I didn't know that, in fact I booked once a bus From Madrid to Cadiz (many hours trip) but it wasn't at night and I found it with Movelia. If I find a complete bus search site, I'll update the answer. –  SERPRO Aug 23 '12 at 14:00
    
Grupo Avanza is just one bus company (albeit large one; and it's also a private operator of some bus stations in Spain). But it's not an aggregate of Spanish bus schedules. (Try searching e.g. for Santander - Bilbao buses, and this becomes very clear.) –  Jonik Aug 24 '12 at 20:11
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I came across a site called AAutobuses.com.

El portal aautobuses.com le ofrece información sobre las principales líneas regulares de autobuses de nuestro país.

The site isn't very pretty, and it's only in Spanish*.

Anyway, AAutobuses seems reasonably comprehensive. Compared to the other options presented, it is better:

  • If Movelia works for some route (e.g. Logroño - Bilbao), then the information provided is more complete (= includes price, etc) than that of AAutobuses. But for lots of routes Movelia is just useless.
  • With Budbus it just depends on whether someone has happened to enter the timetables you're looking for. AAutobuses was better or equal for everything I tried.

(Some of my test searches: Santander–Bilbao, Sevilla–Cádiz, Valencia–Madrid, Vigo–La Coruña, Logroño–Bilbao.)


*That shouldn't matter much, as long as you understand what something like LMXJV or LMXJVSD means on the timetables. If you don't, here's the key:

L = Monday (lunes)
M = Tuesday (martes)
X = Wednesday (miércoles)
J = Thursday (jueves)
V = Friday (viernes)
S = Saturday (sábado)
D = Sunday (domingo)
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I would suggest you check out a Montreal Start-Up called BusBud - they are handling schedules from around the world including intercity schedules in Spain.

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+1, this looks promising. I tried some searches (e.g. Santander-Bilbao, Sevilla-Cádiz, Valencia-Madrid), and it found meaningful results for all. I also like the fact that you get clean permalinks to any search. –  Jonik Aug 24 '12 at 20:24
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The main weakness with Busbud is that it's based on user contributions, and for many routes no-one has simply has entered anything, or the information may well be out-of-date. Bus companies have the option verify their schedules, but that hasn't happened with Spanish timetables (and I doubt it will anytime soon). –  Jonik Jan 17 '13 at 12:32
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