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Madrid to Palas de Rei


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im meeting up with a friend to walk part of the camino. i need to find a way to get from madrid to palas de rei. i assume that i will take more than one bus. any suggestions? also, since i am flying in from dublin i dont reach madrid until 6pm so i may have to spend the night somewhere in madrid and leave early the next morning. thanks for any help!!
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Hello Jennifer,
I think you have two options here To take an Alsa Bus or a train to LUGO and then get the bus to Palas de Rei.

1) Alsa Bus: There are two you can take - the Eurobus at 19h30 that gets to Lugo at 1am. Cost is E78.30 OR - a bus at 23:59 that gets to Lugo at 06:16 and costs E54.
(Check website at

2) Train: There is only one train from Madrid which leaves at 22h10 and arrives in Lugo at 06h38 the next day. A one-way ticket will cost you E49.50.
(Check the website at:

Taking an overnight train or bus will save you finding accommodation in Madrid and means that you will get to Palas de Rei the following day.

The bus to Palas de Rei (about 60kms) will be on FREIRE - For further information, you can contact Freire bus company at +34 981 58 81 11. (I don't know if they have a website)

Hope this helps Jen.
OOps! Sorry Jen - gave you RETURN prices for the buses:

The Eurobus at 19h30 is 39,15€ one way and 78,30€ return

The midnight bus is: 30,58€ one way and 54,00€ return.

Perhaps is you ask Ivar nicely, he could check the Freire bus timetable for you?
Hell Jennifer,
Here is some info on buses to Palas de Rei:
There are regular buses from Santiago to Lugo (and Lugo to Santiago) all with a stop at Palas de Rei - excepting for the 17h00 bus which is direct to Lugo.

Salidas de Lugo / Departures from Lugo
6:00 Lun-vier labor. / mond-fri working days (excep. Jul-Aug)
7:00 Diario / daily
8:00 Diario / daily
9:30 Laborables / working day
11:00 Diario / daily
13:15 Lun-vier / mond-fri (labor. / working days)
14:30 Diario / daily
17:00 Diario / daily
19:30 Diario / daily (exc. Sáb / satur)
21:00 Viernes lectivos / Fridays during term
21:00 Domingos lectivos / Sundays during term

Information at Lugo
Bus station Tel: 982 223 985
Empresa Freire: Tel: 982 220 300

Go well!
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You are welcome.
Just wish you cart start further back along the trail so that you could earn your Compostela.
Never mind, next time.
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