i am a kiwi (new zealander) trying to get from london to oporto for the semi-final of euro 2004 (yes, we do follow sports other than rugby!) - on a tight budget.
i can get a flight with ryanair to Valladolid but was wondering if it is possible to get a train from here to Oporto??
any help appreciated - and can happily provide advice on NZ in return.
I think there are no direct routes.
But you can try Valladolid - Madrid - Oporto or any other alternative route.
For more information about train routes in Spain I suggest you visiting http://www.renfe.es
You can also travel by bus.
More information: http://www.alsa.es
My suggestion is travelling by bus. You can make shorter routes.
Take a bus from Valladolid to Salamanca, and then another one from Salamanca to Oporto.
I hope it helped.
Possible, but not that friendly.
Spain - Portugal rail connections are (and have been for ages) suprisingly poor. It's possible they will be putting on extra's for Euro (especially from Madrid), but i don't know.
Easiest is get the night train Irun - Lisbon. Unfortunately, you don't leave Valladolid until about 3.15am, which isn't great for some people...
Then change in Coimbra B. Total journey time about 7.45.
If you don't want to be farting around at 3am, try getting a cheapy flight (Ryan) to Biarritz, then a short train to Irun on the border. You get the same train, just from the start at about 10pm, which might be easier.
Similar idea is Easyjet to Bilbao, train to Miranda de Ebro (changing about 00.30 onto same train).
Couldn't tell you who, but somebody flies cheap (or used to) to somewhere like A Coruna or Ferrol, which would much more helpful.
Can't help with buses i'm afraid.