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Seville to Malaga: another RENFE questions

Seville to Malaga: another RENFE questions

Old Sep 18th, 2013, 01:26 PM
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Seville to Malaga: another RENFE questions

Another question about our upcoming Andalusia trip (family of 4, kids 14 & 11) . . .

It looks like the train will be the better option to travel from Seville to Malaga. There are both "MD" and "AVANT" options which I assume are regional and high speed. The prices seem fixed at 23.20€ and 42€ respectively whether I look on our travel date (26 Oct) or this Saturday. Based on that, I'm assuming there is no benefit to buying ahead. Is that the case?

Is there any benefit? Should I wait until we are in Seville and avoid the RENFE online headache? Or should we just get them on the day?

BTW, it looks like the bus is the better option for Malaga-Granada (discussed previously) and Granada-Seville. I wasn't planning on buying those ahead of time either.

Thanks again for your help.
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Old Sep 18th, 2013, 02:40 PM
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From Sevilla to Málaga, the 42 Euros option goes via Cordoba and only two more intermediate stops, the other takes a different route with nine stops en route.

I didn't see the previous discussion you mention - did you consider driving a rental car? I can very much recommend that - your group can stop whenever and wherever, and if you take the excellent secondary roads cross-country rather than the expressways, you can do 100 k/h and enjoy very light traffic and better views all along.
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Old Sep 18th, 2013, 02:56 PM
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Yes MD is commuter train but for 40 min longer it's worth cost savings. Also Renfe was child (under 14) and youth (15-26) fares so in your case total is 74,20€ (23.20 & 13.90). Bus http://www.alsa.es takes the same time (2.5 hrs) but slightly cheaper 18.09€ for adult. If you buy online you get 10% off (15 day advance purchase) & 20% for child fares. Last time I used ALSA they had multilingual vending machines that took CC & cash.
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Old Sep 18th, 2013, 08:36 PM
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re: Seville to Malaga

The commuter train timing works best given our checkout/checkin times and the extra time isn't a big deal in general. Bus times are less frequent and slightly less convenient.

No savings for purchasing ahead on that route??

Does the 14 yo get the 40% off fare?? I didn't think so. In fact, it made it sound like she would need a special ID -- perhaps a passport will do.

re: car

We intend to stay in the cities and think we have enough to keep us busy there. As a result, I didn't want to bother with a car on this trip.
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commuter trains do not have discounts nor seat reservations.
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Explanation for Renfe child fares is here http://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/tarifas/ninos.html Says that it's good for under 14yo. The way I understand it's from 3 to 14. I doubt that ticket checking person will challenge the age; in worst case you'll pay the difference between child & youth fare. Next fare is youth, in your case 18,55€.
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