With a population of about 70,000 people (140,000 in summer) Sanlúcar de Barrameda is considered a mid-sized town or pueblo so we don’t have our own local airport or train station. However, Sanlúcar is conveniently located next to some major cities so getting here is relatively easy!
Airports near Sanlúcar de Barrameda
If you’re traveling from the USA there are direct flights from Atlanta, New York, and Miami to Madrid International Airport (I’ve flown Delta and American Airlines). From the UK you can fly into Jerez de la Frontera (direct flights during Spring/Summer) or to Seville. If you’re flying into Madrid you’ve got several options to get to Jerez de la Frontera or Seville.
Fly to Seville
If you need to fly into you can also rent a car in the airport – the drive to Sanlúcar is about an hour. You can get a rental car at the Seville airport and drive to Sanlúcar (about 45 minute drive) or you can take a bus directly to Sanlúcar or train to Jerez;
- Take the bus or a taxi to the San Prado Bus station and take a bus to Sanlúcar (usually takes about an hour and a half – Los Amarillos aka yellow buses, are the ones that go to Sanlúcar). I’ve never purchased a ticket online, I usually get one at the station; one way ticket is 8.84€. Make sure you ask which number “plataforma” or “anden” your bus will leave from. Buses should leave once every hour on weekdays 6am – 8:15pm and weekends 8am to 8:30pm
- Take a taxi to the Santa Justa train station and take a train to Jerez de la Frontera. You can reserve your ticket online ahead of time or purchase one when you arrive – click here to visit renfe.com and review prices/timetables. Once you’re in Jerez you can either take a taxi to Sanlúcar, a rental car or a bus (keep reading for more details on how to get to Sanlúcar from Jerez ).
Personally I think heading straight to Jerez is easier, but if you fly into Barcelona for example there might only be flights to Seville.
Fly to Jerez
It would be easiest for you to just get a connecting flight straight to Jerez de la Frontera, Jerez is only a 15 minute drive to Sanlúcar by car or a 45 minute bus ride. From the airport you can take a taxi or the train one stop to Jerez’s train station; next door to the train station is the bus station. Another option would be to rent a car at the Jerez airport (Jerez airport is the only place I know of nearby where you can rent cars).
Train stations near Sanlúcar de Barrameda
Take a train from Madrid to Jerez/Seville
Some people prefer to take the train as opposed to flying. I prefer the train as well, but the issue is getting to the Madrid Atocha Railway Station from the airport in Madrid (sorry I’ve never taken the train from Barcelona…better to fly straight to Jerez or Seville if you land in Barça!). From the airport you can either take the Cercanías train or the bus to Atocha Railway Station.
There is an “airport bus” that goes straight to the train station, you should be able to purchase your ticket on the bus for less than 5€. The bus pickup is outside the front entrance to the airport to the right…there should be signs or you can ask an airport employee for “autobus a Atocha”.
There’s also a local train stop at the airport in terminal T4 (the local train is called Cercanías) and it has a stop at Atocha. Once you get to Atocha figure out what platform you need to be at to catch your train to Jerez. I would recommend purchasing a train ticket ahead of time; choose one scheduled for 2 hours after your flight lands in Madrid to make sure you’ve got enough time to get to the station (also with your Renfe ticket you should be able to ride the Cercanías train for free!).
Train tickets to Jerez de la Frontera usually cost about 70 – 80€ for the high-speed train from Madrid and takes about 3 hours to reach Jerez. You might need to switch trains in Seville, try to ask an attendant or the ticket checker to be sure. The train has some nice views along the way and the seats are more comfortable than ones you’d find on a plane. Also there’s plenty of storage in each train car and you won’t get charged for luggage. 😉
How to get to Sanlúcar from Jerez
RENTAL CAR: If you fly into Jerez you can rent a car (also available: Enterprise Cars – use XRY as airport code). If you’re taking the train to Jerez from Madrid then you should get off the train at the Jerez Airport, “Aueropuerto de Jerez” (it’s the stop before the main train station in Jerez).
TAXI: Another option is to take a taxi; there’s a taxi stop directly outside the train station and the ride should cost around 30 – 45€.
BUS: If you plan to take a bus to Sanlúcar stay on the train until it arrives at the Jerez Train station. Once you walk out of the train station the Jerez bus station is directly next door on the right. Usually buses run daily from 7am to 9pm; the bus leaves once every hour during the week and once every two hours on the weekend. Bus tickets to Sanlúcar are about 6€ (last time I checked) and the ride should take about 45 minutes. You’ll ride the bus all the way to the bus station in Sanlúcar (which is just a 5 minute walk to the center), there’ll be several stops along the way in nearby towns (that’s why it takes 45 minutes) so make sure you don’t get off at the wrong stop! Click here for a Sanlúcar’s bus schedule (it’s from 2009 though; more recent Sanlucar bus schedule pictured above).
So what’s the best way to get to Sanlúcar?
Personally I would recommend getting a connecting flight for your arrival and fly straight to Jerez de la Frontera from Madrid. To get to your returning flight back home from Madrid I would take the train to Madrid Atocha Railway Station instead of flying. If you’re staying in a hotel near the Madrid airport in check to see if they have an airport shuttle – if they do you can take the metro all the way to the airport and from there get picked up by the shuttle to your hotel (to save money on taking a taxi to your hotel). My family always stays at the Axor Bajaras Hotel because it’s nice and has a free airport shuttle. Keep in mind if you want to see Madrid the night before your flight it’s best to stay in the city center near the train station; those airport hotels are super far from the center and in the morning you can take the airport bus or metro to the airport.