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Train travel in France, Spain and Portugal

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1. Posted by Peter (Admin 5907 posts) 13y

I'm planning a trip in June through France, Spain and Portugal and am intending to do a lot of the travelling by train.

The basic plan is 3 days paris, then the train to Barcelona, three days in Barc. then overnight train to Cordoba, three days in cord., then train to Lisbon, 3 days lisbon then train to Porto, 3 days porto, then to madrid, then on to Rome for another 3 days by plane.

The idea we have is to get a 5 day Eurail Select (it seems European citizens have to get this also instead of Interrail, if they don't live in Europe :() We would then plan short trips as desired along the way (ie.. Seville).

Does anyone see any places we should be visiting in Spain that we are missing? We're not interested in nightlife stuff, so don't bother bringing up Ibiza or the likes


2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 13y

Hey Pete,

How do they know whether you live in Europe or not? Can someone here in Europe (like myself) buy it for you...if it saves you significant cash?

Sounds like a good trip though...and sorry, no can help on the Spanish side. My knowledge is limited to Barca and Mallorca...


3. Posted by Peter (Admin 5907 posts) 13y

Hey Sam,

I'm not really sure how they know whether you are a resident, apart from checking your passport of course, but that wouldn't actually indicate anything - considering it will be brand-new. I don't think there's any way around it though :( It's not much of a difference anyway, maybe 30 euros or so..

4. Posted by sole (Respected Member 208 posts) 13y


Have you considered bus instead of train or the cheap airlines? The most wellknown bus company operating the whole of Europe is Eurolines, never used them myself but I have a friend who ALWAYS uses them when she's going to France.


5. Posted by Peter (Admin 5907 posts) 13y

Hi Solvejg,

Yes, we did consider a bus. They are generally cheaper than trains, so would be a good moneysaver. The nice things about trains is that you can walk around a little though and stretch your legs once in a while. Considering we will be doing a couple of overnight trips as well, we will be saving on accommodation for those nights - so we figure that justifies the extra expense for a train ;) If we find we don't have enough cash to pull it off, we may actually go for the bus though, so we'll see how that goes!


6. Posted by sole (Respected Member 208 posts) 13y

Eurolines also have a sort of travel pass good for travel around Europe for a certain period, should be quite good value I've been told.

But I understand your point of being able to walk around while travelling, that's the advantage of trains compared to buses.


7. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 13y

Funny we had this thread going a while ago; have you checked out our newest addition in travel products; Europe train tickets? Some pretty useful information there when thinking about travelling Europe by rail... the link is under the travel tools page.