Spanish Railways - Pre-booking Madrid-Granada
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Oct 20, 2013 6:54 AM Last Post By: anillos_de_satu...
Mar 23, 2013 2:14 PM
Spanish Railways - Pre-booking Madrid-GranadaHola - I am trying to book rail tickets from Madrid to Granada via RENFE. But there are a few problems:
1. when I tried to register as a user the system would not process my registration. It did not like my Australia post code or province;
2. do I have to be registered to book??
3. I am inside the 60 days booking period so want to get my tickets at the cheapest prices.
Any assistance greatly appreciated.
Mar 24, 2013 1:20 AM
1You mean purchase not book :-)
1. Make things fit including your 'phone number. I am in the U.K. and registered with a part fiction in Malaga. They are not going to mail or 'phone you.
2. No, but if at the end of the process of purchase something goes amiss, you will not need to input detail again (and perhaps again).
3.Then you need one of the guides on the subject and this is the most comprehensive and includes all other problems presently known - http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Travel-g187514-c80518/Madrid:Spain:Buying.Renfe.Tickets.Online.html
Mar 24, 2013 8:17 AM
2Follow the steps quoted in this guide and you should have problems.
Mar 24, 2013 1:14 PM
3Anne & Anillos - thanks for the advice, the tripadvisor is very detailed. I have been advised by others that since I am over 60 getting the "gold card" is a better idea (although I have to wait until I get to Spain to obtain it) and as I am travelling mid-week and in a non-holiday season (mid-May) I should not have too many problems getting the seat/train I want. Any advice on this aspect??
Mar 25, 2013 1:24 AM
4The only way to know is to make the cost comparison, but the Tarjeta Dorada does not automatically beat a possible 60% (or thereabouts) discounted fare. If your journey fare is not yet available to see on the page where all is shown, input an imminent date to see what is very likely. If you are staying overnight, as per your other post, purchase your journey ahead for peace of mind and, as I say, probably great savings.
Mar 25, 2013 8:09 AM
5A Tarjeta Dorada would only be useful for sure if you plan to take medium haul trains (Regional, Regional Express, MD, AVANT...). If you plan to take AVE and other long distance trains, the maximum discount you could get with your tarjeta dorada would be 40% while the maximum discount you could get purchasing your tickets online is 70%...
Mar 27, 2013 12:39 AM
6RENFE site is notorious for being difficult to book tickets. I often found it was down, or would just go to the station to buy them there.
I was living in spain and had a spanish credit card and it still wouldn't let me book the AVE. I got right through to the payment screen, put in all my details but it wouldn't go any further. I rang them and they said it's because I hadn't used my card with them before...!!!. if you still have problems try to google a spanish travel agent who can sell on their behalf?
Oct 19, 2013 10:41 AM
Oct 19, 2013 5:40 PM
8Hola Jlammons - the train I took was one of the "media-distance" ones I think we had one or two stops between Madrid-Atocha and Cordoba and then maybe 3 from there to Granada. Departure from Madrid was around 9.15 am and we arrived before 1.30 pm (I don't have my bookings anymore so time are approx). But I would recommend the train - comfortable; airconditioned; smooth.
Oct 20, 2013 6:54 AM
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Most of the normal buses take 5 hours and most of the premium buses take 4 hours 30 minutes.
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