Car and/or Train in Portugal & Spain

Jan 20th, 2004, 07:01 PM
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Car and/or Train in Portugal & Spain

We are arriving in Lisbon on 3/28/04. We will depart from Seville on 4/10/04. We want to travel thru the southern part of Portugal into southern Spain. We do not want to travel around too much. Want to see Lisbon, the small villages and wander our way to in southern Spain and will probably stay in that area for 4-5 days. Is the best way to see the small towns by car? Can we takes trains and still see quite a bit? Should we do both? Prefer not to drive in the large cities if it can be avoided. We are walkers so just need to get from one place to another. Would appreciate any advise or direction on others posts that might cover this topic.
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Jan 21st, 2004, 04:31 PM
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The cross-country drop-off charge might be very expensive, if not impossible (the company I rent a car last year did not allow me to drop it off in a different country.)
Rent a car while you are in one country, use a public transportation to cross the boarder.
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Jan 21st, 2004, 05:20 PM
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Several years ago we rented a car in Lisbon, headed east into Spain toured through the southern cities and coast and ended up in Madrid. There was no drop off charge - in fact they gave us a Spanish car to take back to Spain - actually helping them out. I can't imagine doing the trip by train - there were so many places along the way we wanted to stop and explore. For instance, on the way from Lisbon to Seville we stopped in Evora for lunch and a mini-tour and in Merida to see the roman ruins. Within each city we just dropped the car in the hotel garage and toured on foot. But we're big proponents of car travel - we take trains only if we're doing a two-city hop and not touring the countryside.
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Jan 21st, 2004, 06:00 PM
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Well, 2 very different responses. We have been calling car rentals and it does seem as though it is difficult to go across the border for drop off without a hefty fee, most want $500 plus. So, we are think of alternative ways to rent the car in one country, drop it off and then pick up another in the second country. Does anyone have any good suggestions on how we can drop off in Portugal, near the Spanish border, and then pick up another car in Spain?
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Jan 22nd, 2004, 10:44 AM
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NYTraveler - What car company did you use. We are going to do this in August. I was thinking if they won't let us take the car into Spain, then we could drop it off in Faro and take train into Cadiz, Spain. Has anyone done this? How long of a train ride would it be and the cost?
Jan 22nd, 2004, 11:03 AM
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We used Avis - they gave us the best deal for the car we wanted - some of the others did ask for drop off charges.

And when the car developed a problem in Seville they were very helpful. One of the dash lights started flashing as we approached Seville - and for once in a wonder there was actually a manual in the car and we determined that this was the "frenos" light - which our travel dictionary told us was brakes. We called Avis as soon as we got to the hotel and they sent a mechanic to meet us there. He looked at the car and eventually told us - between the dictionary and our fractured Spanish that the problem was not the brakes themselves but only a short in the light for the brakes. Very good service!
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