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1. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

I've just been checking out the cost of various rail fares in Spain and I was surprised at how high they are. They are about the same as rail fares in Ireland.

Has anyone found a short-term rail pass that they can recommend or has anyone opted to hire a car in favour of rail travel?

Thanks,

Ev;)

2. Posted by jelady (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

Quoting samsara2

I've just been checking out the cost of various rail fares in Spain and I was surprised at how high they are. They are about the same as rail fares in Ireland.

Has anyone found a short-term rail pass that they can recommend or has anyone opted to hire a car in favour of rail travel?

Thanks,

Ev;)

hi i'm from spain. i think is cheaper to rent a car: at "pepe car" company, you can rent a "mercedes clase A" per 16€ per day. Bye

3. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

buses are a decent option. However - also look at different times. Prices are demand responsive, so on more regular routes, you dont pay the same price for the same jny at all times of the day. worth a look, especially madrid-sevilla etc, where can be a third of the normal price...

Also, if only doing a few long haul trips, easiest&cheapest is to get a spanish eurodomino ticket for 3 or 5 days in 30 or whatever. (search google)

hth

4. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Jelady,

Thanks for the tip. Do you have a link? I googled Pepe Car with no luck.

Rich,

yeah, its seems that some of the trains take the same length of time as the buses. Good to know that the price changes - wasn't aware of that. When I was checking out the Renfe website, they were quoting tourist prices. ?? Are there different fares for Spanish citizens then?

When I added up the cost of my intended train fares in Spain, it would be almost as cheap to hire a car for the week! I'm seriously leaning towards this ......

5. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

Are there different fares for Spanish citizens then?

Nope. Tourist basically means the highest level of comfort (i.e. 1st class) which most spaniards arent stupid enough to use, and generally only americans etc do - because its called tourist class... Its a strange but profitable con which is used across europe, as alot of people will go for tourist class, simply because of the name!

Eve - send me/post your rough spanish itinerary and i'll see what i can do in terms of cheaper options, as and when i find internet

6. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Will do Rich! x Thanks

7. Posted by yolandac8 (Respected Member 159 posts) 11y

As Gelli has said buses are reasonably a good second option. It is true that trains are not very cheap, prices in general have gone up a lot since we all came into the unbelievable Euro.

I live in Spain, and I used to work assiting people to organise their vacations in Spain, so any help you may want to know, distances, prices, accommodation, tips... Do not hesitate to ask.

Eurodomino is a good option, it allows you to travel during 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 days for a global price. It is like Eurorail but valid only for a country and for a lesser number of days (since Eurorail is valid from 16 days to 1 month I think).

Anyway you can find Pepecar information on: http://www.pepecar.com/ (which can also viewed in English). If you are brave enough I would recommend you to get a car hired. Roads in Spain are usually in good conditions (there are always exceptions), and it allows you to go anywhehre you want when you want to go, and change your plans as the time goes by.

Eurodomino information in english:
http://www.raileurope.co.uk/railpasses/
http://www.bugeurope.com/transport/eurodomino.html

Spanish railways website:
www.renfe.es (it can also be viewed in English)

In terms of what to see I would avoid to visit the Costa Dorada, from Lloret de Mar down to the south. The Costa Brava (from Sant Feliu de Guixols to the north), is just amazing, and in September it won't be very packed, I hope. The pyrenees are just nearby, Perpignan in France and Andorra, is worth a visit.
You can plan your itineraries if you want (in terms of distances and costs) in www.mappy.com.

Hope it helps. Should you want to know anything, please let me know. I live in the Basque Country, by the way.
Bye. Yolanda

8. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Yolanda, that was a big help! Thanks so much!