Trains between Madrid and Lisbon
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Dec 4, 2012 2:56 PM Last Post By: getyoung
Nov 29, 2012 8:56 AM
Thx in advance, and pls don't flame me if I forget to check back here to look for replies for a few days! I have a terrible habit of doing that!
Nov 29, 2012 9:04 AM
Nov 29, 2012 9:07 AM
Nov 29, 2012 9:09 AM
Nov 29, 2012 9:50 AM
4Dec 9th = big annual timetable change across all of Europe. though most new timetables have been published by now, it may take another couple of weeks until bahn.de has fully implemented all of them in their database. maybe renfe.es or cp.pt already display the new schedules, otherwise check bahn.de again at a later stage.
the number of nighttrains is dwindling, yet I severely doubt this nighttrain is among those that will be discontinued within the near future. ;-)
Nov 29, 2012 10:03 AM
5They fused/joined the Lusitania (Madrid-Lisbon) with the Sud-Express (Hendaye-Lisbon) earlier this year so from Medina del Campo onwards they run as a single train. Therefore the Lusitania doesn't go through Cáceres as it went till some months ago but through Medina del Campo and Salamanca. The route was changed because the Portuguese closed to traffic part of the route in the Portuguese side. Despite the new route is (much) longer than the old one (in kms), it takes more or less the same time to go from Madrid to Lisbon.
It should be running next June but with so many recent changes in trains in both Portugal and Spain, it's difficult to say for sure.
Nov 29, 2012 10:38 AM
6Hey thanks! I thought about the timetable change over too, after studying some of the error msgs coming to me from bahn.de whenever I asked about trains next summer, when I'd be making this trip.
I also appreciate very much the idea of flying for only 40 euros or so. I'm a train freak and will have a Eurailpass, so anything but trains would be extra, but time is money also, some folks say, so it's always a reasonable choice.
Thanks to all of you for your help!
Dec 4, 2012 2:56 PM
7You should be able to find an overnight train between Lisboa and Madrid. I'd check flight too--you may found good deal.
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