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11. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2560 posts) 10w Star this if you like it!

There may not be any direct trains but the EU has an extensive railway network and it's always possible to get from A to B, even if the journey must be broken into several sections involving several tickets.

DB is the site to use for working out route and timetables. It carries almost all EU train data, except a few private and commuter lines:

https://www.bahn.com/en/view/index.shtml.

As so many changes are involved (at least 5) on this journey you'd have to buy tickets as you go rather than online in advance, though you could buy the first section in that way if you wished.

But there are potential problems: you'll be travelling through several countries, each of which has its own Covid rules (which, of course, can change at any time) and, related to that, you may encounter officials/police who want to know why you're travelling, you may have problems finding somewhere to stay overnight during the journey and you may find that spending the night at a station is a problem. All this is exacerbated by the fact that, even with the documentation you may have to hand, you're not an EU citizen.

Frankly, taking the train at this point in time seems to me fraught with risk of additional hassle and potential delays. It would, perhaps, be better to stay overnight/a couple of nights in Madrid, organise a test in advance and then fly onward to Berlin?

12. Posted by ro2124 (Budding Member 17 posts) 10w Star this if you like it!

@leics2
Yes looking at the whole picture you are probably right.
By rail it's a hell of a complicated trip, and Deutsche Bahn didn't actually give a price ,with so many different tickets.
So probably cost a lot more than air ticket.
Looks like only choice left, stay in Madrid and try and get another test and rebook flight.
Man this is a pain in the ass.
And with this damn virus mutating all over the place who knows when it's all going to end.
Ah well guess nothing else for it... stiff upper lip and carry on regardless!

13. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1494 posts) 10w Star this if you like it!

If flying to Madrid from Bogota, see this link that might be helpful in your planning:

https://www.iberia.com/es/en/covid-19/test-pcr-quiron/

Tests are available elsewhere in Madrid. Look online.

If considering the surface transportation option to Germany after arriving in Spain, see this link as example of what information is available to help start you on your way:

https://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/general/safety/covid/covid-requirements-for-travel-between-france-and-barcelona.html

Please note that conditions can change quickly and if you're not up-to-date on the rules and restrictions it could be problematic. Suggest you register with your country's foreign office or ministry for the countries you are interested in traversing to get to Germany. I regularly get the latest updates from U.S. embassies and consulates around the world since I'm registered with the U.S. State Department's Smart Traveler program.

I also find this Web site helpful: https://www.etontravel.com/latest-travel-alerts/

I have friends who continue to travel internationally. For myself, I've decided to wait, preferring not to deal with the hassles, even though I've already received the second jab of the Moderna vaccine and continue to take PCR tests to make sure I'm not an asymptomatic carrier of the virus. For now, I'm traveling domestically in the U.S.

14. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2560 posts) 10w Star this if you like it!

DB doesn't give fares for complicated journeys across several countries. I think it only gives fares for journeys within Germany and journeys to/from Germany which can be bought online.

Iberia has a useful page with links to two Spanish test providers:

https://www.iberia.com/es/en/covid-19/test-pcr-quiron/

15. Posted by ro2124 (Budding Member 17 posts) 9w Star this if you like it!

Ok thanks everyone for the info, so off tomorrow...Taken all the precautions I can regarding the time limits,etc but no doubt there will be hassle at some stage.
But guess I ain't the only one having these problems, heard some stories from flight attendants, horrendous example of what happened to people.
So fingers crossed, stiff upper lip and all that and hope for the best.

16. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2560 posts) 9w Star this if you like it!

Good luck!

Do come back and tell us how you got on.

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