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Aug 28th, 2012, 10:54 AM
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10 days in Lisbon and Madrid or Barcelona

Hi all! My cousin and I are hoping to go to Spain and Portugal in October for ten days. The plan is to go to Lisbon and either Madrid or Barcelona. I've looked into airfare and it's quite expensive. Originally I thought we'd fly one-way into Spain or Portugal and then one-way back to the USA but it's very expensive to do one-way flights as opposed to a RT USA-Madrid or USA-Lisbon. One solution I thought would be to book a RT USA-Madrid or USA-Barcelona and then in the middle of the ten days spend 3-4 days in Portugal by traveling RT air from the Spain city we choose to go to. Would it be time consuming/vacation-wasting time to try to do this? It just seems like a hassle to have to fly back and forth to Portugal from Spain and I don't want to waste sightseeing time. Thanks!
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Aug 28th, 2012, 11:09 AM
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Why not book an open jaw R/T ticket, Los Angeles-Lisbon-Madrid (or Barcelona)? The round trip cost, in mid-October (LAX-LIS-MAD), is around $1250 USD using United/TAP.
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Aug 28th, 2012, 11:31 AM
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Yes usually if the same airline serves both cities you can book an open-jaw for about the same price as round trip. And I'd suggest Lisbon and Barcelona, a more interesting city than Madrid IMO.
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Aug 28th, 2012, 11:39 AM
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And my next question was going to be: Madrid or Barcelona? So one point for Barcelona so far.
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Aug 28th, 2012, 11:40 AM
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Thanks for the open jaw suggestion! I hadn't even thought of that.
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Aug 28th, 2012, 11:55 AM
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At least you realized the multi-city option before buying the ticket. Even though almost all the booking sites offer round-trip/one-way/multi-city as three options if one goes beyond the quick booking pages, many new comers look at two one-way fares, freak out, buy round-trip fares to inconvenient airports, and freak out again when they come here to find out that they could have bought multi-city flights at similar cost.
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Aug 28th, 2012, 02:39 PM
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For what it's worth, my pick would be Madrid over Barcelona, but both are great places.

We're doing a Madrid-Lisbon trip in October. Flying to Madrid, staying two nights, driving to Salamanca for a one-night stay, then driving to Lisbon for three nights. Then one night at Caceres on our way back to Madrid, where we will stay another two nights. I know that's more driving and moving around than most people would prefer, but ee've done similar trips before, and we quite like it.
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Aug 28th, 2012, 03:25 PM
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I'm not sure where my brain was this morning when I was looking at flights; good thing I posted here for help and was reminded of open jaw. It just went completely over my head even though I'd done open jaw/multi-city previously.

I've asked a few friends who've traveled to Spain and it seems like a split opinion right now between Madrid and Barcelona. I suppose I could try to extend my trip a few days and potentially do all three places. My goals for this trip would be to enjoy history, culture, and architecture and eat great local cuisine.
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Aug 28th, 2012, 03:47 PM
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Fly into Lisbon, train to Madrid, and leave from Madrid. In both Lisbon and Madrid you have the possibility of day trips to interesting places. Barcelona is a secondary city and, for us, just doesn't cut it.
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Aug 28th, 2012, 04:01 PM
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Barcelona is fantastic.
You can fly vuling
Lisbon .-Barcelona ..cheap
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Aug 28th, 2012, 04:26 PM
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vueling
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Aug 28th, 2012, 04:31 PM
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There is no way to say which city, Madrid or Barcelona, will be "better" for you.
Both tick all the boxes you mentioned, and the only way to find out is to go there
If you were a big time museum lover, then Madrid would score a few points more than Madrid.
But for a first time visitor, you actually can't go totally wrong either way.
While Vueling usually has attractive fares for LIS-BCN you may also want to check the competitors as well. Whichbudget.com is a good site for comparisons.
I would not have guessed it but for my flight next month, Portugal's legacy airline TAP turned out to be the cheapest option to go from Barcelona to Lisbon for €45 o/w, taxes, fees, and one 20kg bag checked luggage included.
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Aug 28th, 2012, 08:44 PM
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Taking is the train from Lisbon to Madrid may be interesting, but the flight is much quicker and more comfortable, at least until they put on the high speed train (sometime in the distant future).

Taking Vueling's flight from Lisbon to Madrid or Barcelona means that you would not be able to book one ticket unless you had a travel agent make the flight arrangements, and it would end up costing more.
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Aug 28th, 2012, 08:59 PM
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why cannot a person book a vueling ticket on the Net?
We have not used a travel agent to book flights , hotels, train tickets etc in years.
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Aug 28th, 2012, 09:21 PM
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EasyJet fly from Lisbon to Madrid
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