Ways to Save in Spain if You’re Aged 60+
There are lots of ways to pay less if you’re a pensioner. In some cases discounts are applicable to those aged 60+ too. Read on to see what you could be missing out on.
Take a look at how to save on train travel for full details of Renfe’s Golden Card for anyone aged 60+. Discounts range from 25% to 40% on most trains across the country.
For local travel regions apply a discount to monthly travel tickets for buses, underground trains, trams and local trains. In some areas travel may even be free. Check locally for more details.
Alsa mid and long-distance buses apply a discount of up to 30% for over 60s. This discount is applicable for travel on Mon-Thurs and Saturdays.
Iberia has a Senior Tariff for those aged 65+, although the discount available varies according to the destination.
The public body IMSERSO offers holidays during off-season and shoulder-season across Spain, and sometimes to nearby countries too. Once the pandemic is over and travel is once again allowed, to take advantage of these reduced cost holidays:
- You must be legally resident in Spain and classed as a pensioner
- You can be accompanied by your spouse or partner even if they don’t meet the requirements regarding age or pensioner status
- Only those people and spouse/partner who do not need any type of assistance can take part in the programme
Don’t worry about the language barrier! We’ve heard from lots of non-Spanish residents who’ve had a great time on these trips.
Many travel agents also offer special offers for seniors, including El Corte Ingles, Carrefour and Nautalia.
Also check with large hotel chains to see what they can offer. Paradores de España gives a 10% discount for those aged over 55. This discount is applicable any day of the week (valid until the end of 2021).
Take a look at our info on how to save at Carrefour with their 65+ card.
Many hairdressers and barbers will offer discounts to seniors one or more days a week.
Some banks provide special offers for those clients who have their pension paid directly into their account monthly. Typically offers will be for goods and services related to health, such as glasses or hearing aids. However there may be other things that are more interesting to you. Take a look at your bank’s website or app for more details.
Leisure and culture
Discounts at cinemas, theatres, museums and more – when out and about all you need to do is ask and show your ID. However if you can plan ahead check online to see what discount you can expect – the discounted rate may only be available on certain days.
Your local Ayuntamiento will also be able to provide information about discounts. These could be for gyms or group classes in a wide variety of areas such as cookery or pottery.
How can you prove your age?
Either show your photo identity card or, in some cases, you may need to show your pensioner certificate. This certificate is available from the Spanish Social Security online, by phone or by making an appointment.
Some regions in Spain provide a specific card for those aged over 60. This is also the case with some private companies, such as insurance. These cards allow direct access to discounts or special offers. Check locally for more information.