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Pre-booking train/bus from Madrid to Leon mid-April?

Mark2012

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Camino Frances (2012, 2014) Camino Finisterre (2012, 2013, 2014) Camino Portugues (2013), Camino del Norte (2015)
Hello all,

I will be flying from Ireland to Madrid on Saturday, April 16, with a view towards starting walking from Leon the next day. My flight is due to land around 10am and as best as I can tell, my best bet in terms of getting to Leon is to get the train from T4 into Moncloa train station and getting a bus from there. If anyone knows of a better way, I'd be happy to hear it, but what I'm mainly wondering at this point is if it would be wise to pre-book those tickets? Back in the "old days" it wouldn't have crossed my mind, but so many things are more complicated in the Covid era, so why not this too. The key question that comes to mind on that is whether public transport is running at 100% capacity at this point or if there are limitations in place. Obviously, if the latter, then pre-booking might be a good idea.

Anyway, any and all thoughts and knowledge would be gratefully received!

Thanks in advance!

Mark
 
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Hello all,

I will be flying from Ireland to Madrid on Saturday, April 16, with a view towards starting walking from Leon the next day. My flight is due to land around 10am and as best as I can tell, my best bet in terms of getting to Leon is to get the train from T4 into Moncloa train station and getting a bus from there. If anyone knows of a better way, I'd be happy to hear it, but what I'm mainly wondering at this point is if it would be wise to pre-book those tickets? Back in the "old days" it wouldn't have crossed my mind, but so many things are more complicated in the Covid era, so why not this too. The key question that comes to mind on that is whether public transport is running at 100% capacity at this point or if there are limitations in place. Obviously, if the latter, then pre-booking might be a good idea.

Anyway, any and all thoughts and knowledge would be gratefully received!

Thanks in advance!

Mark


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Quietways

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Hi Mark, ALSA's app shows busses leaving T-4 for Leon April 16th at:

11:15am arriving 4:00pm in Leon
1:30pm arriving 6:45pm in Leon.

you can book though the app. fare is 26.76 euro.

have a wonderful camino!
 

Mark2012

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Thank you. Looks like I'll be booking!
 

Amused212

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I fly into Madrid on April 24 and am taking a bus to Leon. There is a train that leaves later (from Chamartin?) but it seemed a bit of a hassle to go from the airport to a train station when the bus leaves from the airport. The train is a bit shorter but the bus leaves earlier. So I have prebooked my ALSA bus ticket. Did you know that after you select your seat you can block the seat next to you? It costs something, I don't remember how much, maybe 9 euro, but for a long ride I like to spread out so for me it was worth it.
 
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Arniece2022

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Although a different destination, I am also leaving Madrid by train on Saturday, April 16th. I chose to purchase my ticket ahead since it is Easter weekend and I didn't want to be stuck. Also, if you can't book directly, I found Omio to have the least expensive booking fee. Some of the others were crazy high.
 

henrythedog

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Although a different destination, I am also leaving Madrid by train on Saturday, April 16th. I chose to purchase my ticket ahead since it is Easter weekend and I didn't want to be stuck. Also, if you can't book directly, I found Omio to have the least expensive booking fee. Some of the others were crazy high.
You’ll also find that by booking in advance you will have got a significantly better deal than walk-up. I booked my recent train on the same route but in reverse for €29, which for a two hour train ride (I’m from the UK) is astounding. Madrid Burgos ( similar time) was €13.
 

Arniece2022

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Camino Frances April, 2022
You’ll also find that by booking in advance you will have got a significantly better deal than walk-up. I booked my recent train on the same route but in reverse for €29, which for a two hour train ride (I’m from the UK) is astounding. Madrid Burgos ( similar time) was €13.
And I saw that Saturdays are less expensive than week days.
 

walkinglover

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Frances, '16 and '18; Portuguese '17; Ingles - 19
Hello all,

I will be flying from Ireland to Madrid on Saturday, April 16, with a view towards starting walking from Leon the next day. My flight is due to land around 10am and as best as I can tell, my best bet in terms of getting to Leon is to get the train from T4 into Moncloa train station and getting a bus from there. If anyone knows of a better way, I'd be happy to hear it, but what I'm mainly wondering at this point is if it would be wise to pre-book those tickets? Back in the "old days" it wouldn't have crossed my mind, but so many things are more complicated in the Covid era, so why not this too. The key question that comes to mind on that is whether public transport is running at 100% capacity at this point or if there are limitations in place. Obviously, if the latter, then pre-booking might be a good idea.

Anyway, any and all thoughts and knowledge would be gratefully received!

Thanks in advance!

Mark
I pre-booked in '16 and again in '18.
 
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