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Time to allow to change trains at Puerta de Atocha Madrid

Time to allow to change trains at Puerta de Atocha Madrid

Jul 19th, 2012, 02:52 AM
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Time to allow to change trains at Puerta de Atocha Madrid

If my Avant train from Toledo arrives at Puerta de Atocha at 10.58, will that give me enough time to catch the Ave 11.25 to Cordoba? The earlier train from Toledo gets in at 9.58.
I read somewhere that the trains from Toledo now pull in to the same area as the Ave trains.
I look forward to hearing from anyone who knows. Thanks.
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Jul 19th, 2012, 03:19 AM
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That's a good one. My answer would be, "PROBABLY!" Trains are SUPER punctual in Spain so you can count on this arrival and departure time. That gives you 27 minutes to get off one, cross over to the other side and pass through the AVE X-Ray security gate to your AVE train. The line always goes quickly there.

Atocha train station isn't big, but there are several lines, forcing all passengers to leave the immediate, open-air trains area back to the indoor gates area, possibly/probably (in your case) changing floors, and re-exiting to the open-air area to board your train. It's my estimation that you will probably be able to make this change in about 15-20 minutes. Try to be one of the first off your train coming from Toledo if possible.

Saludos, MadridMan - an American in Madrid - @ you-know-where!
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Jul 19th, 2012, 06:17 AM
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You all know my answer so I won't post it.
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Jul 19th, 2012, 08:03 AM
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My two-cents worth.

If you catch that earlier train, you immediately remove any stress from the change of trains. For the sake of an hour extra in bed, you will be sweating instead of relaxing.

You will then have time for a coffee in Atocha´s magnificent atrium.
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Jul 19th, 2012, 05:32 PM
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Thank you for all the helpful advice and link to photos of Atocha. We will catch the earlier train from Toledo. What's one hour in 28 days in Spain when it will eliminate any risk in catching the train to Cordoba.
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Jul 19th, 2012, 06:37 PM
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It is a beautiful station. As you said, "what's one hour" if you have 28 days. Enjoy your trip!
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