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Being the capital city of Spain, it’s easy to see why Madrid is a popular choice for British expats. The architecture is fantastic and living in Madrid allows UK citizens to experience Spanish culture. There are plenty of things to see and do in the city.
Madrid is the largest city in Spain and currently has over 10,000 British expats living there. The total population is over 6,750,000, showing its overall popularity.
Before making the move to Madrid, there are many things to consider. From choosing the best international removal company to selecting the best visa for your moving purpose.
Here at Compare My Move, we can connect you with up to 6 of the best international removal partners that offer removals to Spain. These companies are verified and trusted. Simply fill out our international moving form to receive and compare quotes.
When moving to Spain you need to consider the best option for shipping furniture overseas, Shipping items can be costly. In addition, moving to Spain after Brexit has added extra steps that need to be taken, which also need to be considered.
The shipping option you choose will be based on how quickly you need your belongings to arrive, your budget and the amount of goods you want to move.
While Madrid is located in the centre of Spain, there are still several shipping options to choose between. The available shipping options include:
Customs and Brexit have increased the amount of time it can take for goods to arrive. You can choose to use one or more of these options depending on your requirements.
Even though Madrid isn’t located on the coast, sea freight is still a popular removal service to consider. It tends to be one of the cheapest choices to consider and items aren’t restricted by weight. This is great if you’re looking to move heavier furniture items or a vehicle.
International removal companies typically offer door-to-door services so you won’t have to worry about picking up your goods from your chosen port.
The main port in Madrid is The Dry Port of Madrid. As its name suggests the port isn’t based on the sea. Rather, this is where many goods are shipped to. It’s connected to the four major seaports in Spain via rail.
The closest port to Madrid is Valencia. However, Barcelona and Algeciras are also popular choices to consider.
If you’re looking to ship the contents of an entire house, sea freight is the best option to consider. You can pay for an entire shipping container rather than the weight of your items which is less expensive overall. It’s also a more eco-friendly option to use.
Road freight is another affordable shipping option to consider. The UK is well-connected to Spain through road and rail networks. As a result, road freight is a useful, reliable and efficient shipping choice.
Road freight can take slightly longer to arrive depending on the option you choose. On average, a full load will take around 3-4 days to arrive. If you use express delivery, this can arrive in 1-3 days.
It’s important to ensure that the removal company you choose is fully covered by Goods in Transit and Public Liability insurance. This will help to protect your goods during transit.
If you’re looking to ship fewer items to Madrid, then part-load is the best shipping option to consider. This option allows you to share a container and vehicle with other people. This helps you to save on your shipping costs as you are only paying for the amount of space that is being used.
As the container or vehicle is being shared, goods will take longer to arrive and delays are likely to be more common. On average, part-load service will take around 3-7 days to arrive in Madrid from the UK.
If you need items to arrive quickly, air freight is the best option to consider. As a result, it’s also the most expensive option, this is due to how quickly items arrive and the smaller space available to ship goods.
However, if you have specific items you need to receive quickly or fewer items you want to move, it can be the best option to use. The cost of air freight is calculated by the weight of your goods. If you’re looking to ship large, heavy items, it’s not the most suitable choice to consider.
The main international airport in Madrid is Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport. The other airports in Madrid are Aeropuerto Madrid and Adolfo Airport Suarez Madrid-Barajas.
It will cost £1,468 - £3,015 on average to ship goods from the UK to Spain, including Madrid. The exact cost will be based on several aspects such as your location in the UK, the amount of goods being shipped and the weight of the items.
If you require additional assistance with packing, removal companies will charge additionally for this. On average, packing costs are around £250.
Your final moving costs will depend on the shipping option you choose to use. Here are the average costs when shipping the contents of a 20ft and 40ft container:
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*The above prices are approximate and based on data from our Removals to Spain article.
For more information, read How Much Do International Removals Cost?
Before you move to Madrid, there is specific documentation you will need and steps you are required to take. You will also need to declare your purpose for moving and apply for the necessary visas and permits.
Some of the documentation you will need includes:
As the UK is no longer part of the European Union, freedom of movement to Madrid is no longer legal. Additional steps are now needed to be carried out which can be more time-consuming.
If you’re planning on spending up to 3 months in Madrid you need to currently apply for a Schengen Visa. For stays longer than 3 months, you will need to apply for the necessary visa. You must also apply for a Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero (TIE) card.
You will be expected to pay the necessary fees to gain your visa, which can be costly.
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