Here Are 10 Important Things You Can Do In The Post Office In Spain

Letter writing is a dying art with most of us preferring to pick up the phone or write an email instead. Despite this post offices are still thriving in Spain. And this is because you can do so much more in your local Spanish post office than just post letters.

There’s a huge number of things you can do in your local post office in Spain, and some of them you might not expect. These range from taking out contracts for your energy and arranging your holiday luggage. Here is our list of 10 things you can do in a post office in Spain that you might not expect to be able to do:

1. Withdraw and Deposit Cash

You might not realize it but you can withdraw and deposit cash in your local post office, just like you can in your local bank. This is a handy tip if you don’t have a branch of your bank nearby or if your bank has a huge queue. If there isn’t a post office nearby because you are living in a remote, rural part of Spain then you can even withdraw or deposit cash with your rural postman.

Doing this is a fairly simple process. You just need to request a cash deposit or withdawal with your regular bank via your banking app. You bank will then give you all the information you need to make your withdrawal.

2. Sending and Receive Money

Sticking with a banking theme, just as you could at the desk in your bank you can also make instant, international payments to more than 200 countries and in 130 currencies via Western Union. This is a quick and easy process and you can ping your money around the world in just minutes.

3. Pay Your Taxes

If only 2 things are certain, death and taxes, then you’ll understand just how important it is to pay your taxes on time. But the good news is that you can arrange to pay your taxes at your local post office or even via your local rural postman. You can do this by visiting the Spanish post office (Correos) website and filling in the relevant forms.

4. Currency Exchange

Currency exchange is the final financial service that you can take advantage of in your local Spanish post office. This will save your from using your card abroad or being hit by poor overseas exchange rates. You can exchange currency either in branch or take advantage of a home delivery service too.

5. Deal With Any Driving Matters

Driving in Spain comes with more paperwork than you might think but the good news is that alot of this can be completed in your local post office. If your town is introducing its Low Emission Zones (known as ZBEs in Spanish) then you can buy your emissions stickers in the post office. You can also request a duplicate of your driving license (ideal if you’ve lost it) or pay any traffic fines or parking tickets too.

6. Ship Your Luggage

If you’re travelling around Spain via public transport but don’t want the stress and hassle of carrying your luggage with you then you can ship your luggage from A to B via the Spanish post office.

These are known as  'Paq Maleta' service and you can take advantage of a home collection and delivery service on the Spanish mainland and the Balearic Islands. Send your bags ahead of time and they’ll be waiting for you when you arrive at your destination.

7. Store Your Post

On the subject of vacations, if you’re going away for a vacation (particularly if you’re taking an extended break) and don’t want your postbox to be overflowing when you get home then you could consider taking advantage of the post offices post holding service. Using this they will store your post for you, and then deliver it all in one package when you return back home.

8. Buy Tickets

From theatre shows to music concerts, theme parks to water parks, if you want to buy tickets during your time in Spain then try your local post office. They sell a wide range of tickets, and you may even find they are cheaper than they would be to buy at the gate or on the day too.

9. Sign Up For Phone Or Internet Services

A new agreement between the Spanish post office and O2 means that you can now sign up for an O2 phone or internet contract in your local post office. This is fast and convenient but it’s worth noting that this will only apply to one phone and internet provider, so if you want a wider range of options this might not be the best choice for you.

10. Gas and electricity contracts

In a similar vein you can also sign up for an electricity or gas contract in your local Spanish post office. But this will only be with the Spanish energy company Endesa. This is an incredibly fast and easy process but again, make sure this is the right company for you before you take advantage of the easy post office sign up.

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