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Travel from Spain to Rome by Train: I haven't a clue!

Travel from Spain to Rome by Train: I haven't a clue!

Apr 4th, 2010, 08:02 PM
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Travel from Spain to Rome by Train: I haven't a clue!

How do I go about traveling from Madrid, Spain to Rome, Italy? My husband wants us to take the train because according to him "you just have to see the scenery". I would rather take a plane, and not waste time on a train looking at "greenery". Maybe I'm wrong...anyways...

I went to look on the eurorail website and I couldn't figure out how to get from Madrid to Rome.

My questions are:
1) How many stops should there be (I'm guessing there is no direct train there) and what are they?
2) How long should this trip take?
3) How much should this trip cost?
4) Is it really worth the train ride, or should we just take a plane? Is the trip by train really that 'amazing'?
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Apr 4th, 2010, 08:15 PM
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Your husband is wrong. That's just too much scenery and would be a very long time on a train. Flying is usually much cheaper than long overnight train rides. There are lots of budget airlines between Spain and Italy or there is an overnight ferry between Barcelona and either Genoa/Livorno/Civitavecchia. I would much prefer the ferry with a nice cabin over a train compartment.
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Apr 4th, 2010, 08:33 PM
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1. About 50 stops (you can count the exact number yourself) and 6 changes.
2. The train trip is between 22 and 27 hours.
4. No, it's not worth the ride. I've done parts of the trip and it's not amazing.
5. Pack lots of food and water and a couple of good books.

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Apr 4th, 2010, 10:51 PM
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I don't think route he has chosen is an effective way to achieve his goal. Between Marseille and Rome, I can think of about 30min of scenic section between Nice and Monaco. Many hours of rest are pretty boring.

The country with scenic routes is Switzerland. Even so, not all the sections of so called "scenic trains" are interesting.
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Apr 5th, 2010, 04:02 AM
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kayak.com Hi; It's just a 2 and 1/2 flight and very inexpensive. Richard
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Apr 5th, 2010, 04:05 AM
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This website will help you....


I much prefer train journeys to flying...
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Apr 5th, 2010, 06:42 AM
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Too much hassle---fly!
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Apr 5th, 2010, 06:47 AM
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Bad, bad idea. Take a plane.
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Apr 6th, 2010, 04:52 PM
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No question, take the plane. The train will cost you a full, exhausting day that could be better spent on either end and will undoubtedly cost much more.
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