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Moving to Spain

Are you moving to Spain? Discover the prices for an international move and the steps to take to settle in Spain. Like many British people who have fallen in love with this country, it is important to prepare your project well before moving to Spain from the UK.

What is the Cost of Moving to Spain?

As a national removal, the cost of international removal depends on the volume of your items and the distance between your old and new home. The average price range for moving to Spain from the UK is estimated between £1000 and £5500.

How to Estimate the Cost of a European Removal?

The cost depends largely on your destination within Spain: a removal to the Canary Islands, for example, or to Gibraltar will have a higher cost. The transportation method is also important in determining the price of your move to Spain. This is the case if you wish to transport your vehicle too.

How Can I Move to Spain and Save Money?

International removal involves many administrative procedures. The language barrier can also be an obstacle. Due to that, it is easier to be assisted by a professional company. Different companies offer different services and prices. Receive and compare several quotes from specialized international moving companies by filling out this simple and quick online form. This request is free of charge and without any obligation.

Moving to Spain

How to Move to Spain?

The procedures and cost of moving to Spain will depend mainly on your distance. Means of transport and destination’s proximity to a port are also important factors. The most common way of transportation for a removal to Spain is a shipping container.

Cost of Moving to Spain From the UK

Below you will find an estimate of the costs based on the distance and the volume of your move. Prices can also vary depending on the additional services you will require. Finally, you can save around 30% on the total price if you opt for groupage transport (+ or – 1 week).

Table prices

House Size Shipping Container Via Sea Cost Via Air freight
1-2 Bedroom Flat £1,026 - £1,134 (20ft)£2,668 - £2,948
3-5 Bedroom House £1,949 - £2,155 (40ft)£3,875 - £5,430

Information on Moving to Spain

Prior to your arrival in Spain, take the time to research the administrative formalities about your new country.

ID in Spain

As a British citizen moving to Spain for more than one year or an indefinite period of time, you can apply for a visa at the Spanish Embassy nearest to your city.

Moving to Spain After Brexit

How will Brexit affect your move to Spain? According to the UK Government’s website, there are agreements in place for UK nationals already living or planning to move to the mainland countries of the European Union.

Moving to Spain Checklist

1. Apply for an NIE number

Since 2007, the resident card has been abolished. British citizens who relocate to Spain are required to register within the province of their new home and to obtain an NIE number (Registration Number for Foreigners). The latter is necessary for many procedures (working, acquiring real estate, opening a bank account, registering your car, etc.).

How Long is the NIE Number Valid?

The NIE is valid for 5 years. It can be requested at the police station of your residential area or from the Immigration Office (Oficina de Extranjeros), upon presentation of the duly completed form, an identity document and two photos.

2. Register at the British Consulate

When you arrive abroad, you must register with the British consulate in the district of your place of residence. British citizens are not required to complete this registration, although it is recommended. This will allow you to participate in local elections and ensure your safety in the country (important information, warn your loved ones in case of problems, etc.).

3. Which Spanish Banks to Choose?

To open a bank account, you will need an identity document and your NIE number. The most popular Spanish banks are BBVA, La Caixa and Santander, popular with individuals and Banco Sabadell, more directed towards professional customers. Online banks are very popular and preferred by the Spanish because they provide all services for free.

You can open an account as a non-Spanish resident, i.e. non-taxable and not subject to Spanish income tax if your main residence is defined in the UK.

4. Social Security Number

To obtain your social security number, you must register with the municipal census (empadramiento) at the town hall of your place of residence.

5. Taxes in Spain

Your taxes will depend on your living situation when registered either in the UK or Spain. If you work in Spain, you will be considered a resident and subject to income tax. The tax treaty signed between the UK and Spain specifies the conditions in order to avoid double taxation in matters of income and wealth tax.

6. Will your Qualification be Recognized in Spain?

Qualifications will be sometimes necessary to be able to work in Spain. Although no work permit is required for European nationals, depending on the job you practised in the UK, you will be asked for a diploma equivalent from the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science to be able to work and you settle in Spain.

Living in Spain

Moving to Spain With a Dog?

If you plan to move to Spain with your pet, you will need to follow the Spanish legislation, at least 21 days prior to travel date. Your dog needs to have an ISO pet microchip inserted and be vaccinated for rabies.

How Can you Move to Spain With your Car?

If you are transporting your car to Spain, you will need to register your vehicle in Spain. Be aware that formalities can be long and tedious. Find more information on this subject on the website of the British Consulate General in Madrid.

Cost of living in Spain

You’re probably already aware of the low cost of living in Spain compared to the UK. It may be one of the main reasons why you’re considering moving there in the first place. Renting or buying a house can be quite reasonable, even if living in the city centre. Below you find prices comparisons of certain items:

ItemSpainUK
Milk€0.76£0.91
Cinema€8£10
Restaurant€10 menu£26 menu
Gym€38€ 29
Bus€1,40£2.50

Housing in Spain

The price of rent will be relatively cheaper than rentals in the UK. However, if you want to live in big cities like Madrid or Barcelona, you should account for a 60% price increase compared to the rest of Spain. Landlords sometimes tend to inflate rental prices for foreign tenants. Below is an estimate of the market prices charged:

Citiesroom/shared apartment1 room apartment3 rooms apartment
Madrid200-400€500-700€1200-1400€
Spain150-250€350-550€600-950€

Quick Facts About Spain

Sunshine all-year-round, wide diversity of landscapes to explore and a relaxing way of life calling are among the main reasons people from the UK decide to make Spain their new home.

It’s no big surprise that Spain hosts the largest group of UK nationals living in the rest of the European Union. As of 2017, there’s a total of 310,000 UK-born people, according to The UK’s Independent FactChecking Charity.

What you Need to Know Before Moving to Spain

With its favourable climate (although it can still snow in Madrid), the quality of life or its appreciated gastronomy, Spain strongly resembles an El Dorado for many students, retirees and young workers who have come to start a new life there. Here is some basic information about Spanish culture:

  • Spanish is the official language, but if you live in Barcelona you will encounter people talking Catalan, or Basque in Navarre
  • Lunch or dinner time is later than in the UK, on average around 2 pm to 3 pm for lunch and not before 10 pm for dinner or even midnight!
  • It is not customary or compulsory to leave a tip

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