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Alan Pearce

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I am arriving in Madrid at 5.30 PM, and am hoping I can take an overnight bus from there to Sevilla. can anyone help with finding the appropriate bus timetable to see if this is possible. Also what times the ticket office at the bus depot would keep?

Alan

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peregrina2000

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Hi, Alan,
The bus company that runs the Madrid-Sevilla route is Socibus. You can find the timetable at http://www.socibus.es
Depending on the day of the week, it looks like you have buses leaving at 10 pm, 11 pm (some days), midnight, and 1 am. It's a 6 hour bus ride, cost is about 19 E.

There are fast trains (AVE) at 8, 9 and 10 pm that would get you there in 2 1/2 hours. And if you buy your ticket online in advance, the cost can be as little as 30 E.

Are you going to walk the Vdlp? Buen camino, Laurie
 

Alan Pearce

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Hi Laurie

Thanks for your reply to my query. Yes, I am walking the VDLP, beginning April 1st next year, and I have followed your postings with great interest! I paid for my ticket and travel insurance yesterday, at a considerable saving compared to last year [AUS $2000, CAN $1800 this year]. On my outward journey it will take me 6 hours to get to Sydney, where I will stay in the new youth hostel, which overlooks the harbour and the Opera House, and which will help me get used to the albergue experience again. Then my plane leaves Sydney at 9AM, and lands in Madrid 34 hours later, after an overnight stay in Seoul on the way.

Buen camino

Alan

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skilsaw

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Alan,
Are you kidding us?
Have you really bought your ticket 10 months in advance?
And are you already genuinely concerned about such details as the departure time of the bus from Madrid to Sevilla?

Where is your sponteneity?
How about joyfully embracing the unexpected.

Actually though, pilgrims who are as prepared as you can be a blessing when a question or quandry does arise.

Enjoy your preparations.
David, Victoria, Canada
 

jprogers

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Hi there
Well done Alan its great to get the air flight bargains from Australia- We often wait for the November "specials" as we too have been to Europe in their spring/our autumn- albeit only once every 2 years -jetlag can be a problem !!!. I would be interested to know if you do book the train in advance, where and when you will pick the ticket up from- however it will probably be only within 2-3 months that you can book.
Cheers Jill
 
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ranthr

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To Alan!
I plan to start from Sevilla 29.04.11 - and I too have booked my airflight from Norway to Spain and back already. I do not feel ashamed of that nor for having shecked up bus or train possibilities from my aeroporto to Seville.
Most of us pilgrims cannot afford to pay for fullprice tickets and there ends my spontanity.
By the way, how many of us can do a walk for 6 weeks without a bit of planning, leave work, family etc. unexpected???
randi
 

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Alan, my last post was meant for David!
Enjoy your planning. You will be a month ahead of me and I hope to hear from you a long the way.
Randi
 

skilsaw

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I guess what was missing in my note was an encouraging tone of "You do it your way, I'll do it mine." and neither way is wrong. Just do it!

There was a man on the Via de la Plata this spring who's constant worrying was tiresome. He had a travel agency book him hotels and arrange for his pack to be delivered each day for the first week or 10 days. He knew it was a crutch, and spoke of doing a "real" pilgrimage when his reservations ran out.

Just the decision to eat lunch was a burden. At about 11:00 am he would ask where I itended to have lunch. "Next village" was my off hand reply. Then he would get into the details... "Oh, you know there is a cafe in the next village?" "No, but if there is, I'll think about lunch there."
"But what if there isn't a cafe?" "We'll have to go to the second village..." He was perplexed that he didn't know where lunch would be, and I was no help.

One evening I joined a table of pilgrims in a cafe just before supper hour. "Where are you having dinner?" he asked. "Probably right here." I said, without really thinking about it. "But there are two cafe's in town." he replied. "So...?"I asked. "How do you know this one is better?" he queried.
"I don't", I shrugged. "But what if the other one is better...?" I thought my escape was to say I would eat where ever the others ate, but this only made things worse. Then he had to have the same conversation with everyone at the table!

I had pity on him, because his fretting bordered on pathological. While I was mildly annoyed, I also had compassion because his indecisiveness was truly crippling.

He walked with us while he was on his prepared itinerary, but he disappeared as soon as his reservations ran out. I'll never know how he finally made out.

Alan's detailed planning brought back memories of this insecure pilgrim. "There is a train to Sevilla you know" "How do you know the bus is better?" Not that Alan is this messed up.

And as I said in my previous note, sometimes it is convenient to ride on the coat tails of well prepared pilgrims.

David, Victoria, Canada.
 

camino-david

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Hi all,

Whilst I agree that booking air fares well in advance is advisable to get the best prices, I do find it strange that people need to know in advance details of bus journeys, how to get tickets, etc. A few years back I travelled from Australia to England through 20 countries over 2 years, all by land and ferry except for flights to and from Bangkok/Myanmar and Bangkok to Calcutta. I did not advance book a single hotel/hostel/backpacker accomodation, train, bus or ferry. Just relax and realise that the journey is the adventure, not the arrival.
Camino-David
 

jl

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Are you kidding us?
Have you really bought your ticket 10 months in advance?

There are some of us who have work and family commitments (not to mention money) and because we have only limitied time allowed in Europe, unfortunately the only way to do bookings etc is to plan ahead. We need to know how long it is going to take us - within reason - so we don't get nabbed for overstaying and so that we can take advantage of the lower cost early bird fares. I took advantage of the early bird fare last time I went and yet it still cost me about 2,800 dollars and then I had insurance on top of that! That is why we, in the antipodes, seem to put in more planning than others! Added to that it usually takes a minimum of 24 hours flying time, without taking into account time spent in one of the "stopover airports" waiting for a connecting flight, which can be anything up to 12 hours and is usually a minimum of about 3-4hours! Time can be of the essence for us. Cheers, Janet
 
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Javier Martin

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Alan Pearce said:
I am arriving in Madrid at 5.30 PM, and am hoping I can take an overnight bus from there to Sevilla. can anyone help with finding the appropriate bus timetable to see if this is possible. Also what times the ticket office at the bus depot would keep?

Alan

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Hi,

Best choice is the AVE (High speed train), just 2 and a half hours to Seville.

Buen Camino,

Javier Martin
Madrid, Spain.
 

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