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Old Jun 28th, 2020, 10:31 AM
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Trains and buses in Iberia

Kindly let me know of your best experience using buses and trains in Iberia. What sites do you go to for all the details and planning routes etc.

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Old Jun 28th, 2020, 01:37 PM
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For Spain, renfe is the national train company but it's website has some quirks for non-Spanish speakers, although is the best site for checking timetables. There are on sellers, some of which don't charge fees. You can save by booking in advance but with obvious restrictions if you change your plans. There are multiple bus companies. We found transport services in Spain and Portugal to be very good, except that there are more limited services between the two countries.

I recommend the best starting places for information are websites seat61 and rome2rio. They will usually point you to the appropriate companies which will allow you to check timetables and book. It may also be worth checking getbybus and flixbus. None of these sites will show absolutely every local bus service so sometimes just do a google search.
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Old Jun 28th, 2020, 04:54 PM
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Thank you very much. I appreciate your prompt response.
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I wanted to give you the links to all bus companies. But Fodor obviously doesn't allow that.
But you may find them via www.movelia.es.
The biggest national bus carrier is ALSA, in Portugal it's REDE-EXPRESOS
Railway companies: Renfe.es, CP.pt, Feve.es, Euskotrain.es, tib.org/en/web/ctm/tren
Ferrries, Trasmediterranea, Balearia, Naviera Armas, Corsicaferries, Grimaldi, Fred Olsen
Train tickets: https://www.seat61.com/Spain-trains....kets_for_Spain
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Old Jun 29th, 2020, 01:13 PM
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I don't understand the comment about Fodors not allowing links to bus companies.

As for Iberia, I've never been to Portugal, only Spain. I use RENFE for rail (it's the only railroad that exists there). I think most of the times I wanted a bus, the company with routes was ALSA, I just use their website they are the biggest bus company in Spain.
Avanza is another bus company, I think it has some buses on the Costa del Sol but I've never used them.
https://www.alsa.com/en/web/bus/bus-schedules

https://www.avanzabus.com/

You can also use Movelia in Spain to buy bus tickets, check itineraries, routing, etc. I've usually just bought at the station, actually and use those websites for planning.
https://www.movelia.es/en/index.html

I do use Rome2rio sometimes to get ideas, also, When it shows bus routes, it gives you the name of the company, so I then google and find the actual company's website.

Petrabax is a private company that also sells Spanish rail tickets. I don't know if they mark them up or not, I've always just bought from RENFE but I think if you have trouble with RENFE's website, Petrabax is easier
https://petrabax.com/#!/
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Old Jun 30th, 2020, 08:50 PM
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Thanks guys. I appreciate all the input. Cheers.
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Iberia: well, for Andorra you can use the buses from Spain, no transfers. For Gibraltar, it is a litle bit more complicated, as they have (not yeT) a decision frim England concerning the crorona vírus.
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