HELP!Pick AVE advnace purchase

Old Jun 15th, 2004, 02:15 PM
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HELP!Pick AVE advnace purchase

HELP,PLEASE!
We arrive Seville by air and we leave Seville 4 days later by train to Cordoba.
I have booked AVE train tickets already for Seville to Cordoba.
Do I need to make a special trip to Seville train station ahead of time to pick these advanced purchased tickets? or can I do them on the same of travel?
If on same of travel how early do I need to be at the station before departure.

Thank you again for all the great help.
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Old Jun 15th, 2004, 02:24 PM
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You can drop by the station when you first arrive in Sevilla and pick up the tickets, getting that task out of the way and be able to enjoy your stay without worrying about picking up the tickets. Just make sure you have the credit card you charged them on, or you will not be able to pick them up and will be forced to buy new tickets, if there are any seats available on that day.
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Old Jun 15th, 2004, 03:44 PM
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to Robert 2533: Thank you for your replay.
We arrive Seville by air at the airport and not the train station.
We will also arrive at 10:30 at night,
so we have to do the train at a different time.

Do we have to pick the tickets ahead of time or that is not a good idea.

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Old Jun 15th, 2004, 06:26 PM
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I can't say specifically, but if you have purchased these tickets, I see no reason why you would have to pick them up ahead of time. I did pick up tickets at the Seville train station for an AVE from Seville to Madrid, and you should allow a lot of time for that. I think it took me at least an hour just to do that, and you will have to go through security probably which takes a while to get on the train (not sure about that run, you do for Seville to Madrid), and you probably want to get on the train a bit ahead of time.

I would personnally get there about two hours before departure, to be on the safe side. I do not like panicking about being late, however.
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Old Jun 15th, 2004, 06:49 PM
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Hi, suenew. You might want to review Renfe's web page on ticket collection: https://w1.renfe.es/vbi/htvbiu04.html

You will need to pick up your web-purchased ticket up to an hour before the train is scheduled to depart.

You'll be able to board the AVE about 30 minutes before departure and it will leave promptly.

So, given that, I would not make a special trip to the Santa Justa Estacion just to pick up your ticket. I would leave plenty early to get the ticket on your departure day. We actually picked our tickets up early, while in Barcelona, so I am not speaking from personal experience. I would certainly allow time to get through a queue. The train station is clean and rather pleasant for a wait.

It just seems to me that you would burn a lot of daylight making a special trip to the train station earlier in your stay. From the Santa Cruz area it is a 20 to 30 minute taxi ride, depending on traffic; you'll have to get the ticket and then make your way back.

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Old Jun 16th, 2004, 02:49 PM
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Thank you Sharon & Christina for giving me the peace of mind.
Our train is at 1:00 so we will be there at 11:00. so we will leave Santa Cruz Burrio around 10:30.

Thanks a million for the help so so much.
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Old Jun 16th, 2004, 07:01 PM
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That's what I would do, that sounds like good timing. I made a special trip to the station to get mine in advance, and it did take a lot of time out of that day since I had no other need to be there.

If you have extra time, they have a couple decent coffee shops in there, and some other shops for browsing.
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Old Jun 16th, 2004, 07:14 PM
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Sue - glad to help. Enjoy your trip!

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Old Jun 16th, 2004, 07:17 PM
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Thank you Christina for your insight.
I think doing it on the same day is better than waisting 2-3 on a good day.
We have not been to Seville and it is good to know they have a good train station.

Thank you Thank you very much for your nice insight.

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Old Jun 16th, 2004, 07:19 PM
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Thank you, Sharon for your help too.
I appreciate the vote of confidence.

I am hoping to come back with a good report to share and help others like you have helped.

Thanks alot.
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