Troche, France to Mabella, Spain by land

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1. Posted by Leahface18 (Budding Member 3 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Hi, I'm new to this site and was hoping I could get some travel advice.
I am currently in Troche, France and need to get to Marbella, Spain as cheap as possible by land.
What I've found so far seems to be very expensive to travel by land. Wolud it be cheaper to get the bus/train to near the border, than cross it and get more transport to Marbella?
Surely travelling within Europe is cheap.
Thanks for having me and in advance for any help.
Leah

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1028 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

>Surely travelling within Europe is cheap.

I don't know what you mean by 'cheap' and I don't know why you'd assume public transport is 'cheap'? Europe is a continent of 50+ countries. Some have more expensive public transport fares, some have less expensive public transport fares.

>Would it be cheaper to get the bus/train to near the border, than cross it and get more transport to Marbella?

France and Spain are both in the Schengen Area. There are no borders within the Schengen Area and I very much doubt you'll save much, if any, money by getting off in France and walking (or getting a bus) to another point in Spain.

3. Posted by Leahface18 (Budding Member 3 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

By cheap I mean not expensive.

4. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1028 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

>By cheap I mean not expensive.

I'm sorry if I wasn't clear. 'Cheap' and 'expensive' are both relative terms. What seems 'cheap' to one person can be outside the budget of another. What seems 'expensive' to me is 'cheap' for millions of others.

And it's not a matter of 'Europe'. It's a matter of each European country having its own public transport network and its own fare structures. For example, (and from experience) I don't expect French or German train fares to be much, if any, cheaper than UK train fares but I know that train fares in e.g. Poland, Czechia and Hungary are much cheaper than in the UK.

Getting from Troche to Marbella is not a straightforward journey.

The least complicated option is a train from Vigeois (the nearest train station to Troche) to Toulouse for around 23 euro, then another train from Toulouse to Malaga (from around 240 euro, though you might find cheaper fares if you book well in advance) and then the Portillo/Avanza bus from Malaga to Marbella (about 5.50 euro).

In summer there might be regular, direct Toulouse>Malaga flights but there are very few at the moment. Look at https://www.skyscanner.net to see what's available but book on the airline's own website.

Or you could make the journey using a whole series of buses, travelling via Bordeaux. That would be the cheapest option (other than hitch-hiking, which I don't recommend you even consider) and certainly cheaper using the train......but the journey will take much longer.

Use https://www.rome2rio.com/ to explore all your potential public transport options.

[ Edit: Edited on 29-Nov-2019, 20:30 GMT by leics2 ]

5. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1290 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

The www.rome2rio.com web site above should help you. Consider you are going from central France to southern Spain so you are making a rather extended trip. This is never cheap. Have you considered flying? You could take the train to Toulouse and fly to Malaga fairly reasonably. You can take the bus via Madrid for a reasonable price. If you think about how much it would cost to rent a car, pay for fuel, eat on the way and possibly spend at least one night in a hotel, both those options are cheap by most standards.

I'm not sure why you want to go by land, but if cost if truly important, check some of the budget airlines that may be cheaper than train or bus. Given your choice, I'd probably pay a little extra and take the very comfortable train.

Good luck.

6. Posted by Leahface18 (Budding Member 3 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Thanks for all the advice.

We have arranged a lift by car to Toulouse, then a flight from there to Seville. Then a coach from Seville to Malaga and another lift at the other end to Marbella.

The lifts helped keep the price down but the rest of the travel came to about £100 for 2 people :)

Thanks again

7. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1028 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I'm pleased you were able to sort something out.

8. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1290 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

So glad you worked it out. Public transportation across borders isn't always easy.

Enjoy your trip.

9. Posted by MAd4travel (Respected Member 25 posts) 5d Star this if you like it!

In France there is Blablacar who linked drivers who are looking for passengers and share the petrol expense. You can try next time you need to go around in France