Naval Station Rota

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+34-956-82-2411

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30° 13' 13.4256" N, 81° 41' 41.7624" W
30° 13' 13.4256" N, 81° 41' 41.7624" W
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312-727-xxxx
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+34-956-82-2171
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  • Billeting: +34-956-82-1871 or 1750 (approx 0.5 miles from the Pax Terminal)
  • Off-Base Lodging: See AMCGRAM or Rota Lodging. Also, for longer stays travelers have recommended Michael Moore's apartments NOTE: These apartments do not have air conditioning. Finally, check Paco's Travel for discounts/vouchers on local lodging.
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36° 38' 2.436" N, 6° 20' 56.1984" W
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Gateway Inn
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  • Navy Lodge: 34-956-82-2643 (directly behind the NEX facility)
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Navy Lodge
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  • Online Flight Schedules: See Terminal Facebook Page
  • AMCGRAM also see here
  • Terminal Hours: See AMCGRAM
  • Terminal Dining: Taco Bell, KFC, plus a short order grill that prepares hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries, breakfast etc.
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  • Internet/WiFi: 4 internet terminals available in the "Internet Cafe" and WiFi in Terminal
  • USO: No
  • Base Dining Facility: Open to retirees on weekends. Food is available in the bowling area, a Subway (NEX), the Pax Terminal, the Spanish Clubs, and several Pizza places. (as of Oct 11)
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36° 38' 30.156" N, 6° 21' 4.4496" W
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36° 37' 45.012" N, 6° 21' 15.6168" W
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Main Gate (Rota Gate)
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36° 37' 32.718" N, 6° 18' 47.4768" W
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Puerto Gate
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36° 37' 21.5436" N, 6° 21' 37.6056" W
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36° 37' 45.408" N, 6° 22' 39.9468" W
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National Police Station (Passport Stamp)
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+34-956-82-1871
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+34-956-82-1734
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  • Europe via large/small aircraft and CONUS via large cargo aircraft.  Patriot Express to Norfolk.
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  • On-Base Shuttle:
  • Rental Car (In Terminal): There is a NEX (Navy Exchange) rental car desk in the Pax terminal (convenient for pickup/drop-off). You can email them at nexrentacar@yahoo.com . Phone: 34-956-82-2675
  • Rental Car (Off Base): DoYouSpain may be able to get you something local or Miguels (011-34-956-81-1848) is another option.
  • Taxi/Shuttle: See AMCGRAM for info.
  • Local Bus: Bus station is just outside the Rota gate. Here is the local Rota Bus Web Site with maps and schedules (Spanish).  Also, here's a link to the Jerez to Rota bus schedule and the Rota Transport Info (in English).
  • Local Rail: Nearest train station is in El Puerto de Santa Maria or you can take the ferry from Rota to Cadiz. The buses from the station outside the front gate marked "Cadiz" and "Hospital" all go past the train station in El Puerto de Santa Maria.
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  • Ryanair only flies seasonally out of Jerez Spain from April to September. However, Seville is a year round base for Ryanair. See under "Ground Transportation" and the "How do I Section" for bus info.
  • Cadiz Ferry: May come in handy if you rent a car from doyospain.com and they don't have cars available in Rota or if you want to go to the train station in Cadiz. A Ferry departs from Rota to Cadiz several times per day (approx a 30 min ride). To get to the ferry terminal by foot (fairly long walk but flat/downhill grade) exit the Rota gate and turn left on Calle Zorilla (same street as the old National Police station where passports got stamped prior to May 1011). Follow the street downhill till you get to the waterfront, turn right then walk along the water until you see a big open concrete area on your left that sticks out into the water. This is the Rota Marina. The ferry terminal is a small building (where you purchase tickets) way out at the end of this concrete area. Ferry Terminal GPS Coordinates Lat/Long (DECIMAL format): 36.615398 -6.352919
  • Morocco Side Trip: Several Space-A travelers have used the following tour guide:
  • Local Dining:
    • Breakfast: " Oh-La-La Cafeteria, Avenida San Fernando, 12, 11520 Rota
    • Dinner: Venta La Rufana in Puerto Santa María for their "roasted lamb shoulder"
    • Seafood (Fried): La Pepa, 21 Calle de la Inmaculada Concepción (GPS 36.622761,-6.359744)
    • Bar: Bodegon Punta Bar (next to main Rota downtown plaza) for Tapas
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  1. How do I phone Rota numbers from off base? Just drop the "34" country code.
    1. As in other countries, there is no need to add a zero to the beginning of the number.
  2. How do I get my passport stamped properly when transiting Rota? Note: if you are just transiting Rota and don’t plan to leave the installation then this does not apply to you! (Current as of April 2016)
    1. The Patriot Express flight may, or may not, be met by customs/National Police (NP). If the NP ameet the flight then they will stamp your passport.  Also, security may be at the terminal as well and give you your first base pass at the terminal.
    2. Take your passport and AMC boarding pass (this is your proof you entered Spain on a military flight and it also has your "Flight Number" for a form you’ll need to fill out) and pickup a 24-hr gate pass on your way out the gate.  If you did not get a boarding pass then ask the Rota Passenger Service Rep for a copy of the manifest (they can blackout the other passenger names) to show you arrived via MILAIR
    3. You can get your passport stamped at the Police Station at 113 Av de los Príncipes de España (GPS: 36.62930,-6.37750). (over 2 miles from Rota's gate so plan accordingly). "Nominal" hours are 0900 - 1300 (Mon to Fri). It near Hotel Playa de la Luz and the Blue line bus route but taxi or car is better. Present your passport and boarding pass (or copy of manifest) to whoever greets you. If you were not issued a boarding pass or manifest copy, present the small white slip of paper used as your personal day pass into the base (you should have been given this upon arrival at the terminal). The police won’t want this as proof, and will simply ask what date you arrived at the terminal. They will return your stamped (or provide a stub to carry with your passport) passport within several minutes.
    4. Once you return to NS Rota just show your passport and the old day pass. The officer will look at both and issue a new day pass.
  3. How do I travel between Rota and Jerez de la Frontera Airport to catch Ryanair Flights? (As of March 2015)
    1. NOTE:  Ryanair may not have service from Jerez all year round so check their schedule or consider Seville as a backup.
    2. First route is to take a COMES coach to Jerez (around 5 euros, 30 minutes) and then a taxi or another bus to the Jerez airport. Lines M-050 & M-051 runs 5 & 10 times a day, respectively, between Jerez City and the Airport (around 0.85 euros, 30 minutes).
    3. The COMES coaches travel several times a day from Rota to Seville with a stop in Jerez along the way. The fare on a COMES coach from Rota to Jerez is around 5 euros, 30 minutes. These coaches depart Rota from just outside the main gate at Rota.
    4. Another (less expensive) route is Linea M-560 from Rota to Jerez City, then either Linea M-050 or Linea M-051 from Jerez City to Jerez Airport, 2.40 euros, about 75 minutes. COMES coach from Rota to Jerez, then either Linea M-050 or Linea M-051, around 5 euros, about an hour. Only one Linea M-560 bus per day from Rota to Jerez. COMES operates up to 4 coaches per day from Rota to Jerez.
    5. To find the bus stops and timetables, click on the appropriate Linea and then on the appropriate bus stop (e.g. "Estacion de autobuses") at http://www.cmtbc.es/index.php
    6. Linea M-560 Timetable: Rota to Jerez, one bus per day
    7. Rota to/from Jerez Timetable: 4 coaches per day
    8. Linea M-050 Timetable: Use for Jerez city to Jerez Airport
    9. Information on fares, ticket sales and a route planner is available at http://www.cmtbc.es/index.php
  4. How do I travel between Rota and Moron AB? (Current as of Aug 2009)
    1. You can always rent a car from the NEX Car Rental but the drop fee may be hefty ($150). So, a cheaper route is to take a bus from Rota to Puerto Santa Maria (3 euro) then take a train to Utrera (6 euro) or Seville (9 euro). From Utrera you can take a taxi (negotiate your price with the driver first!) and the 20-mile trip should cost approx 35 euros. The taxi cannot enter the station but hopefully you already have reservations at the billeting (Hotel de la Frontera) and they will come and get you at the gate.
  5. How do I get from Rota to Faro?
    1. From the bus station (just outside Rota gate) take a bus to Seville's Estacion del Prado de San Sebastion bus station, then take the C4 city bus (short ride, luggage OK) to the Plaza de Armas bus station where you can get a bus to Faro Portugal. A good reference for area travel info is www.gomarbella.com
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DSN:
312-727-xxxx
Passenger Service:
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Billeting:
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+34-956-82-1734

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  • Online Flight Schedules: See Terminal Facebook Page
  • AMCGRAM also see here
  • Terminal Hours: See AMCGRAM
  • Terminal Dining: Taco Bell, KFC, plus a short order grill that prepares hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries, breakfast etc.
  • Lockers:
  • Internet/WiFi: 4 internet terminals available in the "Internet Cafe" and WiFi in Terminal
  • USO: No
  • Base Dining Facility: Open to retirees on weekends. Food is available in the bowling area, a Subway (NEX), the Pax Terminal, the Spanish Clubs, and several Pizza places. (as of Oct 11)
  • Billeting: +34-956-82-1871 or 1750 (approx 0.5 miles from the Pax Terminal)
  • Off-Base Lodging: See AMCGRAM or Rota Lodging. Also, for longer stays travelers have recommended Michael Moore's apartments NOTE: These apartments do not have air conditioning. Finally, check Paco's Travel for discounts/vouchers on local lodging.
  • Navy Lodge: 34-956-82-2643 (directly behind the NEX facility)

0900-1300 are the main hours for Passport Stamps

  • Europe via large/small aircraft and CONUS via large cargo aircraft.  Patriot Express to Norfolk.
  • On-Base Shuttle:
  • Rental Car (In Terminal): There is a NEX (Navy Exchange) rental car desk in the Pax terminal (convenient for pickup/drop-off). You can email them at nexrentacar@yahoo.com . Phone: 34-956-82-2675
  • Rental Car (Off Base): DoYouSpain may be able to get you something local or Miguels (011-34-956-81-1848) is another option.
  • Taxi/Shuttle: See AMCGRAM for info.
  • Local Bus: Bus station is just outside the Rota gate. Here is the local Rota Bus Web Site with maps and schedules (Spanish).  Also, here's a link to the Jerez to Rota bus schedule and the Rota Transport Info (in English).
  • Local Rail: Nearest train station is in El Puerto de Santa Maria or you can take the ferry from Rota to Cadiz. The buses from the station outside the front gate marked "Cadiz" and "Hospital" all go past the train station in El Puerto de Santa Maria.
  • Ryanair only flies seasonally out of Jerez Spain from April to September. However, Seville is a year round base for Ryanair. See under "Ground Transportation" and the "How do I Section" for bus info.
  • Cadiz Ferry: May come in handy if you rent a car from doyospain.com and they don't have cars available in Rota or if you want to go to the train station in Cadiz. A Ferry departs from Rota to Cadiz several times per day (approx a 30 min ride). To get to the ferry terminal by foot (fairly long walk but flat/downhill grade) exit the Rota gate and turn left on Calle Zorilla (same street as the old National Police station where passports got stamped prior to May 1011). Follow the street downhill till you get to the waterfront, turn right then walk along the water until you see a big open concrete area on your left that sticks out into the water. This is the Rota Marina. The ferry terminal is a small building (where you purchase tickets) way out at the end of this concrete area. Ferry Terminal GPS Coordinates Lat/Long (DECIMAL format): 36.615398 -6.352919
  • Morocco Side Trip: Several Space-A travelers have used the following tour guide:
  • Local Dining:
    • Breakfast: " Oh-La-La Cafeteria, Avenida San Fernando, 12, 11520 Rota
    • Dinner: Venta La Rufana in Puerto Santa María for their "roasted lamb shoulder"
    • Seafood (Fried): La Pepa, 21 Calle de la Inmaculada Concepción (GPS 36.622761,-6.359744)
    • Bar: Bodegon Punta Bar (next to main Rota downtown plaza) for Tapas
  1. How do I phone Rota numbers from off base? Just drop the "34" country code.
    1. As in other countries, there is no need to add a zero to the beginning of the number.
  2. How do I get my passport stamped properly when transiting Rota? Note: if you are just transiting Rota and don’t plan to leave the installation then this does not apply to you! (Current as of April 2016)
    1. The Patriot Express flight may, or may not, be met by customs/National Police (NP). If the NP ameet the flight then they will stamp your passport.  Also, security may be at the terminal as well and give you your first base pass at the terminal.
    2. Take your passport and AMC boarding pass (this is your proof you entered Spain on a military flight and it also has your "Flight Number" for a form you’ll need to fill out) and pickup a 24-hr gate pass on your way out the gate.  If you did not get a boarding pass then ask the Rota Passenger Service Rep for a copy of the manifest (they can blackout the other passenger names) to show you arrived via MILAIR
    3. You can get your passport stamped at the Police Station at 113 Av de los Príncipes de España (GPS: 36.62930,-6.37750). (over 2 miles from Rota's gate so plan accordingly). "Nominal" hours are 0900 - 1300 (Mon to Fri). It near Hotel Playa de la Luz and the Blue line bus route but taxi or car is better. Present your passport and boarding pass (or copy of manifest) to whoever greets you. If you were not issued a boarding pass or manifest copy, present the small white slip of paper used as your personal day pass into the base (you should have been given this upon arrival at the terminal). The police won’t want this as proof, and will simply ask what date you arrived at the terminal. They will return your stamped (or provide a stub to carry with your passport) passport within several minutes.
    4. Once you return to NS Rota just show your passport and the old day pass. The officer will look at both and issue a new day pass.
  3. How do I travel between Rota and Jerez de la Frontera Airport to catch Ryanair Flights? (As of March 2015)
    1. NOTE:  Ryanair may not have service from Jerez all year round so check their schedule or consider Seville as a backup.
    2. First route is to take a COMES coach to Jerez (around 5 euros, 30 minutes) and then a taxi or another bus to the Jerez airport. Lines M-050 & M-051 runs 5 & 10 times a day, respectively, between Jerez City and the Airport (around 0.85 euros, 30 minutes).
    3. The COMES coaches travel several times a day from Rota to Seville with a stop in Jerez along the way. The fare on a COMES coach from Rota to Jerez is around 5 euros, 30 minutes. These coaches depart Rota from just outside the main gate at Rota.
    4. Another (less expensive) route is Linea M-560 from Rota to Jerez City, then either Linea M-050 or Linea M-051 from Jerez City to Jerez Airport, 2.40 euros, about 75 minutes. COMES coach from Rota to Jerez, then either Linea M-050 or Linea M-051, around 5 euros, about an hour. Only one Linea M-560 bus per day from Rota to Jerez. COMES operates up to 4 coaches per day from Rota to Jerez.
    5. To find the bus stops and timetables, click on the appropriate Linea and then on the appropriate bus stop (e.g. "Estacion de autobuses") at http://www.cmtbc.es/index.php
    6. Linea M-560 Timetable: Rota to Jerez, one bus per day
    7. Rota to/from Jerez Timetable: 4 coaches per day
    8. Linea M-050 Timetable: Use for Jerez city to Jerez Airport
    9. Information on fares, ticket sales and a route planner is available at http://www.cmtbc.es/index.php
  4. How do I travel between Rota and Moron AB? (Current as of Aug 2009)
    1. You can always rent a car from the NEX Car Rental but the drop fee may be hefty ($150). So, a cheaper route is to take a bus from Rota to Puerto Santa Maria (3 euro) then take a train to Utrera (6 euro) or Seville (9 euro). From Utrera you can take a taxi (negotiate your price with the driver first!) and the 20-mile trip should cost approx 35 euros. The taxi cannot enter the station but hopefully you already have reservations at the billeting (Hotel de la Frontera) and they will come and get you at the gate.
  5. How do I get from Rota to Faro?
    1. From the bus station (just outside Rota gate) take a bus to Seville's Estacion del Prado de San Sebastion bus station, then take the C4 city bus (short ride, luggage OK) to the Plaza de Armas bus station where you can get a bus to Faro Portugal. A good reference for area travel info is www.gomarbella.com

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