Travel from Paris, France to Leon, Spain

Aug 1st, 2010, 08:05 AM
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Travel from Paris, France to Leon, Spain

What is the best way to travel from Paris, France to Leon, Spain? My daughter is going to Univ of Leon in Feb. for a semester - so we will have a lot of luggage.
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Aug 1st, 2010, 08:24 AM
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Probably by flying to a nearby airport - check out for discount airlines serving any two airports or - and or - even flying to Madrid would put you then in a 4-5 hour train ride, perhaps less, to Leon

otherwise by train it is a long haul - i'd say 20 hours or so - you could take the overnight train from Paris to Venta da Banos (sp?) or Valladolid and change there for Leon. For train schedules all over Europe i always go to and just put in Paris to Leon and a date and you will get all the information for day or night connections - it may be hard to get there in one day perhaps - anyway a good way to access the Wunderbar IMO site is to go to the home page of and click on the link there "Best European Railway Timetable" or some such wording and it brings you to the English schedule page of the site - i mention this home page link because they give you several valuable tips on how to fully use the that are not apparent at first glance - like finding out where you change trains, how much time between trains, etc. can give you lots of info on the overnight Talgo trains that go direct from Paris to Valladolid and perhaps Venta da Banos - where you change can only be certain from going to the site's English schedule page. You could try - the Spanish Railway site but it generally sucks if the many frustrations of Fodorites are to be believed.

But i would look into flying if you can get a good fare - and actually the train could cost a ton as well though you may be able to score good discounts from the French Railways site for the overnight train - - a limited number of discount fares are available but should be booked when the come on the system - 90 days in advance i believe - and they are non-changeable, non-refundable so be sure of your travel plans. If traveling more than this by rail in France and Spain then check out the France-Spain Eurialpass.
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Aug 1st, 2010, 09:16 AM
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Thanks - I'll check out the sites you suggested.
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Aug 1st, 2010, 09:43 AM
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"A lot of luggage" is often a strong argument against low-cost airlines. If you find a suitable connection, pls check their costs for excess baggage carefully.
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Aug 1st, 2010, 12:11 PM
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Leon has an airport and flights between PMI (Palma) Barcelona , Madrid and Gran Canaria plus Ibiza.
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