what is the difference between estar apurados and tener prisa?
Is there a difference? Why do they use different verbs?
You can use both without any problem. It is the same way of say to be in a hurry , to make haste.
Why does any language use different verbs? Variety is the spice of life and each word has it's own little nuance that helps us to express ourselves as we would like.
We have: in a hurry as well as in a rush also have to go, running late, behind schedule, got to dash as well as many others - all giving the same general meaning but allowing us variety in our speech which is half the fun of speaking
Estar apurados and tener prisa are actually basically the same .