Madrid to Portugal

Aug 28th, 2008, 03:06 PM
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Madrid to Portugal

Hey everyone..I'm going to Madrid & Barcelona in November for a weekly (homestay) and then I want to visit Portugal for around 10 days (before heading back to Spain for more must-sees and then I head home to Oz..)I'm quite happy travelling on buses/trains/donkeycart or shanks pony ..will I have any trouble getting budget accommodation in November and will it be easy for me to get around to the 'must sees' or should I hire a car (which I'm not really that keen about because I really enjoy interaction with local towns and folk)..your advice would be very welcome..thanks everyone..regards Elly in Oz
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Sep 1st, 2008, 02:50 AM
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G'day Elly in Oz:
As far as I know, the railbed upgrade for Madrid-Badajoz has not been completed; so the overnight Lusitania Exprés is your only rail option.

There's an overnight Bus Barcelona-Porto-Lisbon and several day runs between Madrid & Lisbon. I think the former goes via Salamanca

No problem getting budget accomodation Nov. in Lisbon - it's not what you would call peak tourist season
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Sep 1st, 2008, 04:23 AM
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The least expensive way from Madrid to Lisbon may well be to fly. I flew on the budget airline Vueling ( and it was far less expensive than renting a car.
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Sep 1st, 2008, 05:14 AM
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As Nedsireland says, the only train from Madrid to Lisboa is the overnight hotel train.
Another option is to get the AVE high-speed train to Sevilla, then a bus to the Algarve.
Public transport in Portugal is pretty good, and cheap accommodation is plentiful.
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Sep 1st, 2008, 07:00 AM
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Sorry to high-jack the thread, but does anyone know if there's a bus from Evora to Seville? I can find Lisbon to Seville via the Algarve, and Evora to Madrid, but not Evora to Seville unless I spend hours hanging around Badajoz.
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Sep 2nd, 2008, 07:19 AM
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Nikkis is right that Vueling is a lot cheaper than the train. I'm going from Lisbon to Madrid on Sept. 25 and the flight is 30E, compared to probably 90 or so on the trenhotel.

But I have a question about the Trenhotel. I have ridden the one from Salamanca to Paris and was delighted to find that the cabins of four berths were sex segregated. Is that also true for the Lusitania?
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Sep 2nd, 2008, 07:43 AM
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These are four-berth sleeping compartments, not couchettes, so are single-sex if shared with strangers. The train also has one- or two-berth compartments with or without a shower and WC.
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