RENFE train timetables
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Jan 22, 2013 6:43 AM Last Post By: anillos_de_satu...
Jan 19, 2013 9:25 PM
RENFE train timetablesHi travellers
I'm trying to work out a rough itinerary for a 4 week trip to Spain in September. I am embarrassed to say that I can't figure out how to use the timetables on the RENFE website. Even when I enter trips like "origin: madrid; destination: barcelona" I get a response saying "no direct connection exists" (which is obviously not right). What am I doing wrong? Is there another site I can get this info?
Jan 19, 2013 11:34 PM
Jan 20, 2013 2:20 AM
2As #1 you are far too early for schedules to be posted - use an imminent date on the RENFE site to see what is very likely for schedules and prices.
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Jan 20, 2013 7:24 AM
Welcome to TT!
Schedules for September aren't available yet. That's why you can't find them. They'll probably become available in early June (late May at best) so you'll have to wait to know them.
BTW, by September there could be other Railway companies available for that route as the Railway market is going to be liberalized this summer but the details about what new companies are going to be and/or what routes are going to make (and when are they going to start to operate them) aren't known yet.
Jan 22, 2013 6:28 AM
Jan 22, 2013 6:43 AM
5Is it necessary to buy tickets in advance, or can they be purchased at the station?
It depends. If they are long distance trains and you book them online (well) in advance you can get heavy discounts (up to 70% depending on the train, route and travel dates among other facts). If you purchase them at the station, you'll have to pay full fare. Some trains get full some days so if you have to take a specific train at a specific train it could be necessary to book your ticket in advance just to make sure you get a seat.
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