Your Guide To Moving To Spain

Our international moving experts have been helping people move to Spain for over 3 decades. Here's everything you need to know.

About Spain

Spain is one of our most requested countries for people & families moving overseas. Its warm climate, affordability, culture, history and beaches being among the many reasons for movers looking to live abroad.

Some of the larger cities include Barcelona, Valencia, Seville and the capital city of Madrid.

Currency Language Driving Side
Euro (€)
Lookup Exchange Rate
Spanish Right
46 Million



Calling Code

230 Volts

Outlet Voltage

69° F

Average High Temperature

Living In Spain

Renting in Spain will be different than most places you'll be moving from as you'll find the word "unfurnished" to be more like "stripped-down" for rentals, especially in major cities. In addition to no furniture (as unfurnished implies in most countries), you'll also have no light fixtures, stove/oven, refrigerator or dishwasher. Quite literally an gutted living space.

If you do happen to find an apartment with these "extras", you may be asked to reimburse the previous tenant; be prepared to negotiate.

Healthcare In Spain

Like many other countries in Europe, Spain is regularly among the world's best at providing healthcare for its citizens. Universal healthcare is guaranteed for legal citizens meaning it's free & public.

Spain also is equipped with plenty of doctors, at around 4 per 1,000 people.

Education In Spain

Education is free and must be attended from age 6 to 16. As for college and above, unlike many other EU countries, college is not offered freely but it is more affordable than the US and other countries that also don't offer college freely.

Working In Spain

Though unemployment is quite high in Spain compared to the rest of the EU, the unemployment rate is dropping meaning there could be less opportunities moving forward. This shouldn't be discouraging though, as there are still several industries/sectors that are eagerly recruiting.

For English speakers especially, working in the tourists areas would be a great place to start or look for large, international companies. Otherwise, start practicing your Spanish immediately if you're looking to work in Spain elsewhere.

Moving Your Household Goods To Spain

Shipping Transit Options

    By Air

  • Transit Time30%
  • Cost70%

  • Better for smaller shipments, air freight can be costly depending on how much you plan to move, but will take less time in transit. Great for a small box or two.

    By Sea

  • Transit Time70%
  • Cost30%

  • Perfect for larger shipments. Plan ahead though as you should expect a longer transit for your goods to make it over the sea & through customs.

Packing Options

    Moving Company Packs

  • Packing Time20%
  • Cost80%

  • Gives you more time to attend to other moving tasks. Better insurance and more experienced packing, but comes at a high cost.

    Self Packing (DIY)

  • Packing Time80%
  • Cost20%

  • Take your time packing your valuables. Know that your household goods are packed safely as you do it yourself. A huge money saver for many moving to Europe.

Shipment Size Options (For Self Packing)

As one of the world's leading international moving companies, we provide some of the most popular DIY international shipping options, worldwide.

50 - 80 Cubic Feet



50 - 80 Cubic Foot Per Pallet

Perfect if you have several small boxes or small furniture. You may provide your own pallet or have us send you one. Discounts on multiple pallet bookings.

50 Cubic Feet


50 Cubic Foot Shipping Crate

Perfect if you have several small boxes or small furniture. Comes with a durable cardboard cover for added protection. Discounts on multiple U-CRATE bookings.

100 Cubic Feet


100 Cubic Foot Shipping Crate

Perfect if you have several small-medium sized boxes or small-medium sized furniture. Comes with a durable cardboard cover for added protection. Discounts on multiple U-CRATE bookings.

200 Cubic Feet


200 Cubic Foot Shipping Crate

Excellent choice for several medium-large size boxes and taller furniture. Comes with a durable cardboard cover for added protection. Terminal to door service.

1,000 - 2,000 Cubic Feet



1,000 Cubic Feet (20FT Container)
2,000 Cubic Feet (40FT Container)

A must for large moves, self-load shipping containers offer the most space for your household goods..

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