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Madrid -Leon Trains in Sept 2021

BombayBill

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2021
Does anyone have any ideas on the trains in mid Sep Madrid-Leon?
Trainline, Omnio, and Renfe all show quick trains leaving from Madrid to Leon. But even though we’re within the 60 day limit you cannot book anything. The schedule shows but vanishes upon trying to book. I’m avoiding the bus.
 
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Does anyone have any ideas on the trains in mid Sep Madrid-Leon?
Trainline, Omnio, and Renfe all show quick trains leaving from Madrid to Leon. But even though we’re within the 60 day limit you cannot book anything. The schedule shows but vanishes upon trying to book. I’m avoiding the bus.
Hi Bombay Bill,
On both Trainline and Renfe websites I searched Madrid Leon for 15/9 and was able to book trains for that day.On the Renfe site it would only allow booking of the later train which apparently takes around 4 hours or thereabouts.
 

BombayBill

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2021
Hi Bombay Bill,
On both Trainline and Renfe websites I searched Madrid Leon for 15/9 and was able to book trains for that day.On the Renfe site it would only allow booking of the later train which apparently takes around 4 hours or thereabouts.
Hmm odd. Using Trainline I looked at Sep 15. It shows that I can book but into the process it warns that it will be a bus. The only “train” is late in the day and is the 4 hour one. Maybe I am excluded from booking at the moment as I am not in the EU. Thanks for looking at it.
 
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Booking online with RENFE has driven many lesser souls to the madhouse. This really comprehensive site (https://www.seat61.com/) has a good section on Spain and is worth the look for technical details.
 
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BombayBill

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2021
Booking online with RENFE has driven many lesser souls to the madhouse. This really comprehensive site (https://www.seat61.com/) has a good section on Spain and is worth the look for technical details.
Yes seat61 is one of my favorite sites. His advice that RENFE loads its schedule in blocks 60 days or less out from departure leads me to believe I can’t book in late September yet.
 

henrythedog

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Rail Europe (was loco2) allows you to set up an alert as to when trains are made available for booking. It’s entirely possible that the RENFE tickets are not yet released.
 

BombayBill

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2021
Rail Europe (was loco2) allows you to set up an alert as to when trains are made available for booking. It’s entirely possible that the RENFE tickets are not yet released.
Thanks I hadn’t checked RailEurope. Love the Alert feature. However it cannot be used for Sep 7 on for fast trains. I am resigned to the idea that RENFE hasn’t decided it’s schedule yet.
 

peregrina2000

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Booking online with RENFE has driven many lesser souls to the madhouse. This really comprehensive site (https://www.seat61.com/) has a good section on Spain and is worth the look for technical details.
I have been one of the frustrated REnfe customers on many occasions. But just a couple of weeks ago, not only was I able to buy a ticket online, but I was also able to insert my old folks card number and get the discount. I think the site works really well now, so you should give it a try. BTW, I was in the United States and used a US credit card when I was able to make the purchase.
Good luck.
 

BombayBill

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I have been one of the frustrated REnfe customers on many occasions. But just a couple of weeks ago, not only was I able to buy a ticket online, but I was also able to insert my old folks card number and get the discount. I think the site works really well now, so you should give it a try. BTW, I was in the United States and used a US credit card when I was able to make the purchase.
Good luck.
How far into the future were you able to book?
 
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peregrina2000

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Thanks I hadn’t checked RailEurope. Love the Alert feature. However it cannot be used for Sep 7 on for fast trains. I am resigned to the idea that RENFE hasn’t decided it’s schedule yet.
Hi BombayBill. I think you’re right that the source of the problem is the schedule and not the website. I am actually hoping to make that same trip a day later.

I just checked the bus schedules again, and the 11:15 bus from the airport to Leon (via several stops in Madrid unfortunately) has recently been added back in the schedule. I know you prefer not to take the bus, but at least that’s an option. It gets to Leon at 4 PM.
 

BombayBill

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2021
Great price. Quite perplexing why Madrid -Leon doesn’t show. Perhaps there is scheduled work on the line as the train goes part way there and then you transfer to bus.
 

BombayBill

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2021
Further OCD research shows that the issue is in Valladolid. There are fast trains from Madrid to Valladolid but then you must switch to a bus or regional train.
 

Anamiri

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Hi BombayBill. I think you’re right that the source of the problem is the schedule and not the website. I am actually hoping to make that same trip a day later.

I just checked the bus schedules again, and the 11:15 bus from the airport to Leon (via several stops in Madrid unfortunately) has recently been added back in the schedule. I know you prefer not to take the bus, but at least that’s an option. It gets to Leon at 4 PM.
I've travelled from Madrid by train and bus - the Alsa buses are nicer, cheaper, and faster. Definitely an option worth looking at.
 
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I have travelled Leon - Madrid airport by ALSA on a Supra bus - unbelievably comfortable! 3 seats across (1 single, 1 double) in armchair mode. Journey is 4.45 as it goes via Madrid Sur, but is direct to/from the airport. Tickets currently on sale for September from €14.70.
 
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Does anyone have any ideas on the trains in mid Sep Madrid-Leon?
Trainline, Omnio, and Renfe all show quick trains leaving from Madrid to Leon. But even though we’re within the 60 day limit you cannot book anything. The schedule shows but vanishes upon trying to book. I’m avoiding the bus.
I was looking at the exact same thing. I wanted a train on Sunday September 26 from Madrid to Leon and there was only late trains arriving almost at midnight. Alsa has buses leaving from T4. Probably going to book that instead and arrive at 4 pm. It will make for a long time in a mask but maybe we can nap the whole way.
 

Marbe2

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I had difficulty booking Renfe last week, same route…early Sept. Trainline did not work either….No idea why…I have used them both many times. I finally booked with rail europe….which I dislike because of fees…always my last choice. Return train ( as a back up to flight) I had no trouble booking Renfe.com from SdC to MAD. Who knows what happens with them?
 
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Marbe2

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2015-2019 walked all or more than half of CF 7 times... CP recently cancelled by Covid 19!
I've travelled from Madrid by train and bus - the Alsa buses are nicer, cheaper, and faster. Definitely an option worth looking at.
I think the issue may be which mode of transport is better with the Delta virus around.

The day I am traveling,now indicates that the trains are full, except for an evening train!
 
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I have been one of the frustrated REnfe customers on many occasions. But just a couple of weeks ago, not only was I able to buy a ticket online, but I was also able to insert my old folks card number and get the discount. I think the site works really well now, so you should give it a try. BTW, I was in the United States and used a US credit card when I was able to make the purchase.
Good luck.

That is very good to hear. I have had so much trouble in the past and I put it in the same category as the Spanish Inquisition as an oddly unpleasant part of Spanish life.
 

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