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Where to enjoy free WiFi on your vacation

Where to enjoy free WiFi on your vacation

If you are one of those who need to be connected, for work or leisure, we tell you where you can get free WiFi during travel

In the remainder of the summer period we can still enjoy great adventures, visiting enchanted cities or turning our minds off on beaches or mountains. But what many will not be able to do is disconnect from their friends and, in the worst case, from their work. Mobile technology has made all the barriers that separated the summer period from our daily work disappear and that we ourselves are the ones who need, like breathing, to be connected to the digital world.

Therefore, when we go on a trip to a place where we do not have a data connection, the option that remains is to access Internet via WiFi. For many it is desperate to have to search and search until they find a free WiFi point (or hotspot) and, therefore, in the Think Big blog we have decided to explain how and where to have free WiFi this summer on your trips:


Airports are a place where millions of people travel every day to soar through the skies, in whose waits and stopovers there is nothing better than catching up with friends and family thanks to the free WiFi that most of them offer.

In Spain, Aena offers free WiFi connection for 15 minutes at the 28 large public airports that it manages, including Madrid Adolfo Suárez-Barajas and El Prat. In European countries they also offer free WiFi on a regular basis. For example, if you want to spend some time before your flight in Paris, the Charles de Gaulle has a free 15-minute Wi-Fi service.

The same situation is repeated in the United States, where, in addition, the peculiarity is that the WiFi connection is usually, in addition to free, unlimited in its large international airports. In Latin America, Argentina is implementing WiFi in some of its airfields, while Brazil already has hotspots open in Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre, Brasilia, Sao Paulo, Recife, Belo Horizonte or Fortaleza.

Train Stations

In our country, we can enjoy the Internet (yes, for a fee) in some train stations Catalonia, Aragon, Andalusia, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y León, Extremadura, Asturias or Galicia thanks to an agreement between the Administrator of Railway Infrastructures) and Telefónica.

In this field we still have a lot to roll (pun intended) to reach our European partners. For example, the French railways – SCNF – have chosen Gowex to offer free WiFi at their stations. For its part, the German DB incorporates open hotspots in the waiting rooms, the DB Lounge, and during the journeys in many ICE trains, the equivalent to the AVE in our country.


Although it is becoming more and more common than hotels offer free WiFi access to its guests and quality, the reality is that there are still many hotels that do not allow it. In the Spanish case, approximately 57% of hotel establishments offer free Wi-Fi, a figure slightly below the European environment which stands at 66%, according to data managed by the public entity Red.es.

However, almost all the large hotel chains (NH, AC, Catalonia …) do offer this service completely free, if not in the rooms, in some common areas such as the hotel lobby. For these cases, it is advisable to ask at reception or at the time of booking.

Perhaps we should update the writer James Dent on his definition of a perfect summer day: “it’s when the sun is shining, the wind is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawnmower breaks.” It is also “when we have free WiFi in our vacation spot.”

Images Josh Zaraky / Julien / Raasphorst