You can apply for a digital bank account, which can be opened in just a few minutes from your phone. The requirements to opening a bank account in Spain varies per bank, with some not requiring you to already have a NIE, but you may need to show proof of some or all of the following:
If you’re not fluent in Spanish, it’s probably a better idea to apply for a bank account in person to avoid possible misunderstandings. While most banks do have English versions of their website, translations often tend to be clumsy and a bit confusing.
We recommend opening a bank account with one of the four largest banks: Bankia, BBVA, La Caixa or Santander.