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Help with buying an overnight train ticket from Madrid to Lisbon (and back)

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I'm going to be in Madrid for a week in April (from April 7th-April 13th) , and want to take a day trip to Lisbon. I realize this may be a long trip for a short period of time, but I really want to go to Lisbon. I'll be traveling to Lisbon by myself, and have a few questions that hopefully someone can help with. Thanks for any advice. The fodorites on this site are awesome!

(1.) If I book the ticket on the Renfe website, is that all I need? I became slightly confused when looking at various websites where it seemed you may need a pass (maybe a Eurail pass?), and then also book the overnight train. Or, do I only need to book the overnight train, and that's all (no other train tickets necessary)?

(2.) On the Renfe site, I select Madrid to Lisbon on 04/09/11 and return on 04/10/11. Why are the weekend dates shaded in gray, while the weekdays are white? Does that mean anything?

(3.) After I select Madrid to Lisbon on 04/09/11 and return on 04/10/11, I see 4 options (turista, cama turista, cama preferen, and cama g. clase). It seems that the turista and cama turista are the best for the price. Since I'm traveling by myself, I'm trying to figure out what the best option is for me. Are there any main differences, other than one has a bed? Is there more than one bed in a cabin? I guess what I'm getting at is-will I be in a room with other people?

(4.) Final question. After I select cama turista on the Renfe site, it takes me to page that has outward and return information (with 0 bicycles below that). Below all of that are descriptions of the different classes (with some info in Spanish and some in English-what's up with that?). When I press continue at the bottom of the page, it just goes back to the top of the page. Does anyone know why it's doing that?

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