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1. Posted by MichaelW (Budding Member 37 posts) 11y

I am going to spain in the near future and I will be flying into Barcelona I are looking for a good means (cheap is good too) to travel to Madrid and Sevilla, are there airlines I should try? I heard of a train from Barcelona to Sevilla is that correct? And how do I find tickets for it? I have had real trouble trying to find rail and plain tickets in Spain, If anyone can give me guidance in these area I would deeply appreciate it.

2. Posted by MichaelW (Budding Member 37 posts) 11y

Oh yea and what side of the road do they drive on in Spain.

3. Posted by MichaelW (Budding Member 37 posts) 11y

And any cool sites anyone reccomeds please feel free to let me know of those too thanks.

4. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 11y


I think u can take a high speed from train from Madrid to Seville but not sure if u can from Barcelona.

Best to just arrive and buy ur tickets when u get to the station - trains are quit cheap in Spain.

In Spain - drive on the right

5. Posted by MichaelW (Budding Member 37 posts) 11y

thank you for the information.

6. Posted by MichaelW (Budding Member 37 posts) 11y

Are the high speed trains from barcelona to madrid and madrid to sevilla a part of a like 3 day in 2 month pass. I found it on this web site

would that be a good site to use to buy tickets?

Thanks again

7. Posted by Nzinga (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y and have really cheap flights

8. Posted by jack 2 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

the bus is cheaper than train... and works pretty well in spain...

9. Posted by farleyUL (Full Member 125 posts) 11y

I've also heard that it's near impossible to hitch-hike in Spain if you were thinking something along those lines...

Good luck!

10. Posted by don_kam (Full Member 115 posts) 11y


Just came back from Spain. Think train will be your best bet.

From Barcelona, there are night trains to/fro Seville and Madrid as well as day trains. The journey takes about 8 hours to 9 hours. Train is cheap in Spain and the rail pass will not really offer you a better rate than a ticket purchase on the spot. However, you should still get the 3 day pass for your journey.

This can be used in:

1) Barcelona to Madrid
2) Madrid to Seville (only 2.5 hrs on AVE but exp as it is AVE)
3) Seville to Barcelona

The above 3 routes will be sensible to utilise your rail pass as the one way ticket cost more than 50 Euro each. Note that even with the pass, you will still need to pay a bit of surchage (10 euro to 16 euro depending on whether it is day or night train). As the trains are limited each day, will advise you book the next lag immediately when you reach the city. This means that to be as safe as possible, the moment you reach Barcelona, go to Sants station to buy tickets to Madrid and the moement you arrive in Madrid, buy the tickets to Seville.

Other than these 3 routes, i strongly advise bus within the province as it is cheaper than train and sometimes faster. For eg, Madrid to Segovia, Madrid to Avilla, Seville to Granada/Ronda/Cordoba.

To get the rail tickets, just go to any STA agency or travel agency that does rails in Europe, they should be able to get you the pass. Try agency in your area that facilitate backpaking etc.

Wont adivise you to drive as the streets in Spain are pretty narrow and the traffic is pretty hectic. There are also plenty of one-way street which makes navigation difficult if you are not a local.