Moving to Spain from the UK
An Essential Guide by Sirelo

Are you moving to Spain? Whether you’re planning a big or small removal from the UK to Spain, you’ve come to the right place. Our guide on moving to Spain from the UK will have you sipping on a glass (or pitcher) of Sangria and enjoying the weather before you know it. So read on for the cost of moving, essential checklist, and free moving quotes!

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How Much Does It Cost to Move To Spain from the UK?

What a poignant question to ask! Before conducting any move, it’s definitely important to understand the cost of removals to Spain from the UK.

However, for UK to Spain removals cost, it is important to be aware of key factors that will affect the price of a home removal:

  • Choice of removal companies Offered services, price, and quality will vary by company. So, be sure to compare moving quotes and read reviews before choosing.
  • Volume There’s only so much a that a lorry or shipping container can hold. Therefore, it’s smart to calculate the volume and then decide if you really need everything, especially an electric radiator, when moving to Spain.
  • Distance travelled – There isn’t much you can do to influence distance, unless you’re able to bend the fabric of reality. However, you should just expect to pay more the great the distance of the move.
  • Mode of transport – By plane, ship, or truck, each mode has different perks and plights and will affect your final price. You can read more about that here.
  • Season of your move – Just so you’re aware, summer is a busy period for the moving industry, thus you can expect premium pricing. If you want to get the best price, move any other time of year.

For an even more detailed breakdown, you can read our page on international moving costs and become a true expert on the cost of removals to Spain.

Right, let’s jump into the numbers. The table below indicates the cost of moving from London to Spain by road for various household sizes.

Household SizeTimeCost
1 bedroom apartment9 – 13 days£2,000 – £2,700
2 bedroom house3 – 5 days£2,500 – £3,400
3 bedroom house3 – 5 days£3,200 – £4,400
4 bedroom house3 – 5 days£4,300 – £5,800
5 bedroom house3 – 5 days£5,400 – £7,300

Disclaimer: The above figures are just estimates. Final costs will depend on the exact points of departure and arrival, and the service rates of the company.

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Moving to Spain from the UK Post-Brexit

Moving to Spain after Brexit will require a little bit more planning. However, if you hold EU or EEA citizenship, you can skip this section. For those who don’t, you’ll want to keep reading.

The first thing that you need to know is that you’ll need a visa and a work permit, if you intend to work, when moving to Spain. Fortunately, an employer will apply for a work permit when you sign a contract. Unfortunately, you will still need to apply for a visa, which must be done in person at the nearest embassy.

While at the embassy, you make inquiries about obtaining a Foreigners’ Identity Number (N.I.E.), it can be a little complicated to obtain in Spain, so applying at the embassy will make things easier.

If your mind is running in circles, we have an entire page dedicated to moving to Europe after Brexit, so don’t hesitate to check it out.

A Complete Moving to Spain from the UK Checklist

You may not know this but planning house removals from the UK to Spain can be stressful. Fortunately, we know that stress and how to combat it. Thus, we made this essential moving to Spain checklist to help make your move easier.

Before You Move:

Important documents

Gather up all your important documents and store them in a safe and accessible location. You should even make duplicates!

  • Passport
  • 2 passport-sized photos
  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage certificate
  • Medical documentation (including dental and immunizations)
  • University degree(s) and qualification(s)
  • Police background check
  • Visa

Find an international removal company

If you’re planning a removal from England, Scotland, Wales, or London Spain, then you should consider one of the top UK international removal companies to help you move. You’ll find peace of mind with someone trusted.


There is no such thing as starting too early; read our expert packing guide to learn how to move boxes, furniture, or household items to Spain. What you learn will take the stress out of your move.

Taking a car?

If you are hoping to take your car to Spain with you, the Spanish Government has a page on moving a car to Spain. Just be prepared to tackle it in español.

Moving with pets

We can imagine that you don’t want to leave your furry friend, big or small, behind. To move you pet to Spain, the following are required:

  • Have been microchipped.
  • Vaccination against rabies with a certificate to prove it.
  • A general certificate of health


Now for something we all wish we could skip taxes. For your move, you’ll need to inform HMRC that you are moving abroad. Then, you must start paying taxes in Spain if you work there. To learn how, check out the government page on living in Spain.

Once You Arrive:

Register on el Padrón

This is the Spanish population register. Once you are registered here, you get the same rights as Spanish citizens. Sounds like a pretty good deal! To register, you will need:

  • A form of identification
  • Public or private healthcare or insurance
  • Proof of sufficient funds to support you and your dependents.


The healthcare system is similarly state funded like in the UK, so you have that to look forward to. However, it’s common for people to have private insurance to avoid waiting times in public care. If you want more information about healthcare in Spain, you can read our page here.

Driving licence

For your driving license, you may need to pass the test again in Spain. For more information, check the government’s page on driving in Spain.

Hablas español?

One thing you’ll find is that speaking the local language will make life so much easier. So, learn a little before you go and really learn it while you’re in Spain. Buena suerte!


Unless you are partial to conversion fees and difficulty accessing your funds, you should consider opening a local bank account. Getting a local bank account is guaranteed to make your life easier, so explore these banks’ websites to find the right fit for you:

That was rather thorough, if we may say so. If you liked this checklist, then you might enjoy our moving abroad checklist. You can never go wrong with multiple checklists!

Life in Spain as a British Expat

Once process of moving to Spain from the UK is out of the way, it is time to sit back, relax and absorb everything La Piel de Toro has to offer from beautiful weather to great food and stunning vistas. Read on to learn a little more about what to expect from your new home!

The cost of living in Spain

Some more good news: once you have moved to Spain, you can expect your cost of living to drop by 15.44% from the UK. So that’s more money to spend on paella and rioja; a good deal if you ask us!

Check out the following table which compares common cost of living metrics between the UK and Spain to gauge an initial idea of your future living costs.

Monthly rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in the city centre£671£609
Basic monthly utilities for an 85m2 apartment£196£107
1L of milk£0.71£0.72
0.5L of draught beer£3.16£2.26
1L of gasoline£1.38£1.17

Did you know? Spain is the first country in the world to have wind energy as its greatest source of electricity. Consider this when switching over your utilities as it can help save on your cost of living.

Working in Spain

There is both good and bad news when it comes to seeking employment in Spain. The bad news is the Spain has the second highest unemployment rate in Europe.

But let’s brush over that, and instead focus on the fact that it is also one of the best places for female entrepreneurs. More than 40% of Spain’s new businesses have been set up by high-flying women! 😎

If you have moved to Spain from the UK and are still in search of work, signing up to some of the following job portals is a good place to start:

For more information on what you can expect, you can read our page on working in Spain.

Ready to Move to Spain?

First of all, congratulations! You are now complete experts on how to move to Spain from the UK. We’re sure that your more will go swimmingly. In the meantime, be sure to take it easy, and get excited! Spain has more bars per capital than any other nation; if you don’t get there soon, then we will 😉.

Just in case your head is still spinning with questions, feel free to continue and explore the Sirelo website to settle your queries. We’ve linked some useful articles below!

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