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Bus & Train Travel: Sevilla, Ronda, Granada, Cordoba, Madrid

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Feb 13th, 2012, 05:33 AM
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Good suggestion. Likely I will not return to Madrid for at least 5 years. Since Toledo was so highly recommended I figured I should make time for it now vs later.
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Feb 13th, 2012, 01:08 PM
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I'd also consider skipping Toledo for this trip as you'll end up with 2 1-nighters in a row at the end. It would also make for a long day first with the bus ride from Granada to Cordoba, then visiting Cordoba for the day, then train to Madrid and then another train to Toledo. I'd consider adding the night to Sevilla so you have more time to recover from jetlag. Alternatively you could consider moving the Toledo night to Cordoba. The only issue is you'll have 3 1-nighters out of 8 nights. That's alot of hotel hopping.

What time is your flight departing from Madrid? You may be able to spend your final night in Cordoba and take an early train into Madrid.
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Feb 14th, 2012, 05:42 AM
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If you want flexibility to take any AVE train anytime and any other train anytime then investigate the Spain Railpass as you have several journeys and then no hassles trying to button down discounted and I think non-changeable non-refundable fares. Passes are not valid on buses however. Pass info - www.seat61.com - click on his commercial link to RailEurope for pass prices or www.ricksteves.com and http://www.budgeteuropetravel.com/id30.html
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Feb 14th, 2012, 10:35 AM
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Honestly I'd forego buying a rail pass for Spain. In most cases you're better off purchasing point to point tickets and often bus is more frequent, significantly less expensive, and takes the same amount of time on several routes (ie. Granada to Cordoba). If you want to purchase train tickets in advance (albeit non-refundable) you can get discounts of up to 65% on webfares, a great savings.
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Feb 14th, 2012, 11:56 AM
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Click on my user name and it should bring up my trip report from our Spain trip. We had a great time!!
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Feb 14th, 2012, 11:58 AM
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Here is the link to my after-trip report:


http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...rip-report.cfm
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Feb 14th, 2012, 12:30 PM
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efficacy of a pass is whether or not you want flexibility to decide when you are there to travel - full fare tickets for OP's journeys could well be more than the pass price - maybe not but worth investigating - just saying to check it out yourself and see. Again talking about fully flexible tickets not discounted ones that surely would be cheaper but then non-changeable - if looking for online discounts at renfe.com then that site has been so so frustrating for many now for years - give it a try but if flummoxed like many get then keep in mind RailEurope in U.S. now book tickets at the exact same www.renfe.com rates, including discounted ones but do add $7 per ticket on as a fee - well worth it for some if the legions of past complaints about the balking renfe.com site are to be believed.
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