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How to get there
Budget jetsetters, rejoice! Three of EuroCheapo's favorite budget airlines fly to Jerez. Ryanair flies from London Stansted and Frankfurt Hahn; Air Berlin flies from Palma and various German destinations; and Germanwings flies from several airports in Germany.
In addition, Spanish carrier Iberia (011-34-956-150-010) offers daily flights to and from Barcelona, Zaragoza, and Madrid. The airport at Carretera Jerez-Sevilla is located about 11 kilometers (7 miles) northeast of the center, (+34-956-150-000, +34-956-150-138).
There are only two daily trains between Jerez and Madrid. A one-way ticket from Madrid to Jerez on the Altaria train costs about €63. This trip takes a little more than four hours. There are more than 12 trains per day from Seville. The journey takes 75 minutes and costs €6.70 for a one-way ticket. For more information on prices and destinations, dial +34-902-240-202 or check out RENFE online (in Spanish).
More than two dozen buses travel every day between Jerez and Cádiz (45 min.; €2.75), and three buses per day travel to and from Ronda (2 3/4 hr.; €9.79). Seven buses a day arrive go to and from Seville (1 1/2 hr., €6.75). All buses are serviced by Transportes Generales Comes (+34-902-199-208). The only bus service to and from Madrid is with Secorbus (in Spanish) (or Socibus, +34-902-229-292). A one-way ticket costs €21.90. For more information, contact the bus station in Jerez at +34-956-339-666. The Jerez bus station is open every day from 6:15 a.m. to midnight.
Jerez connects Seville with Cádiz. Jerez lies on highway E-5.
Getting into town
An airport bus service runs from Jerez Airport to Jerez de la Frontera, Cadiz, and Santa Maria. The first bus of the day leaves Jerez Airport at 6:30 a.m. and the last bus leaves at 10:30 p.m. To Jerez, a single ticket costs €.85; to Santa Maria, €1; and to Cádiz, €2.60. The bus terminal is located on Calle Cartuja at the corner of Calle Madre de Dios. It is a 15 minute walk to the center towards the Alcazar. The railway station in located at the Plaza de la Estación s/n at the easternmost end of Calle Medina.
Getting around town
Jerez is small and easily manageable by foot. The city's heart is Plaza del Arenal. The historic center sprawls out from the Plaza. Most flamenco joints are located in Barrio Santiago, northeast of Plaza de Arenal. If you have to take a bus, the city bus service costs €1.10. Every line stops at the bus station. For more information on routes, call +34-956-143-608 or check out the regional bus company Web site (in Spanish).
The tourist office is located at Alameda Cristina, Edificios Los Claustros (+34-956-324-747 and online). It's open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Head there first for directions and information. Tourist office staff should be able to answer your questions about each and every bodega or peña you might want to hit up.
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