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RenfeTicket Train to Madrid

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barryg

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
June: Camino Frances from Pamplona
I know, or thought I knew, there was a Renfe train from SDC to Madrid, but neither the Renfe app, nor the website will show any trains. Strangely enough, yesterday both the website & app did. Can anyone suggest the best way to get to Madrid? I’m thinking flying out of SDC at present.

Thanks for any info.

Warmly,


Barry
 

Darby67

Enólogo caminando
Camino(s) past & future
2018 CF Jan-Feb
2019 CF Jan-Mar
We trained from SdC to MAD in March and I just double checked with the RENFE app and several departure times are listed currently. Any chance you set up Madrid to something other than Todas or Chamartin?
 

DevereUx

Devereaux
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Sept-Oct 2018
There is a good train from SdeC to Madrid. A couple of times a day. I took it back in October. Good ride. There is one transfer shortly after SdeC, but you just step off one and onto another...same platform. Check again.
 

davebugg

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2017)
Frances(2018)
Ingles(2019)
Aragones(2020)
Portuguese(2020)
I know, or thought I knew, there was a Renfe train from SDC to Madrid, but neither the Renfe app, nor the website will show any trains. Strangely enough, yesterday both the website & app did. Can anyone suggest the best way to get to Madrid? I’m thinking flying out of SDC at present.

Thanks for any info.

Warmly,


Barry
How far in advance are you looking? The website only shows train schedules out to 60 or 90 days in advance.
 

Darby67

Enólogo caminando
Camino(s) past & future
2018 CF Jan-Feb
2019 CF Jan-Mar
There is a good train from SdeC to Madrid. A couple of times a day. I took it back in October. Good ride. There is one transfer shortly after SdeC, but you just step off one and onto another...same platform. Check again.
And there is also a direct...
 

barryg

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
June: Camino Frances from Pamplona
We trained from SdC to MAD in March and I just double checked with the RENFE app and several departure times are listed currently. Any chance you set up Madrid to something other than Todas or Chamartin?
No, but I too got several departures, but this seems to be at the apps whim. So, at any rate, I can purchse the tickets at the Renfe station in SDC. Thanks!
 

barryg

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
June: Camino Frances from Pamplona
How far in advance are you looking? The website only shows train schedules out to 60 or 90 days in advance.
I put in August, then September, then tomorrow. All came out with, well let me go check. . .Okay, must have been a temporary or recurring problem with the site. Sorry that I didn't make sure of that before I posted.
 

barryg

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
June: Camino Frances from Pamplona
Thanks everyone! Looks like that was just a temporary glitch with the site, or even. . . me!
 

J Willhaus

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2016 CF;
Hospitalera, Zamora 2017, Hospitalera Grañón 2018, Hospitalera Estella 2019
You can buy your ticket in the airport if you are not able to purchase ahead. It is in the lower level of T4. You take a train to Charmartin Estacion and we we got the last two seats to Santiago that afternoon.
 

lt56ny

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF2012,Le Puy/CF 2015 Portugues 2017 Norte 2018, CF 2019
Last year I bought a ticket to Madrid at the Pilgrim office in Santiago. I assume that service is still available. This year I checked the Iberia website and bought a flight to Madrid for only $25.00US. Can't beat that.
 

Letsgocamino

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
May 2013 Ponferrada to Santiago de Compostela.
Camino Portuguese Porto to SdeC May 31 2017.
There is a good train from SdeC to Madrid. A couple of times a day. I took it back in October. Good ride. There is one transfer shortly after SdeC, but you just step off one and onto another...same platform. Check again.
We trained from SdC to MAD in March and I just double checked with the RENFE app and several departure times are listed currently. Any chance you set up Madrid to something other than Todas or Chamartin?
Walk down to the train station in SdC and buy your tic from the person at the window
 

FLEUR

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2012 - 2016
Voie de Paris / Tours Aulnay to Saintes 2017
Camino del Baztan 2018
And should you be over 60 don't forget to buy your Spanish senior rail card first, valid for one year , cost 6€.
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
No, but I too got several departures, but this seems to be at the apps whim. So, at any rate, I can purchse the tickets at the Renfe station in SDC. Thanks!
A couple of years ago I tried to book a train ticket in August about 5 days before I planned to travel, and all the Santiago - Madrid trains were sold out, so you may want to reconsider leaving it to the last minute. Also you can get a better price by booking ahead. I prefer using the Renfe app over the website.
 

barryg

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
June: Camino Frances from Pamplona
And should you be over 60 don't forget to buy your Spanish senior rail card first, valid for one year , cost 6€.

How would you say Senior Rail Card in Spanish? You ask for it at the window, or do you have to buy it ahead?
 
Camino(s) past & future
Us:Camino Frances, 2015 Me:Catalan/Aragonese, 2019
Thanks. How would you get the card if you booked using the Renfe app?
The English webpage at
says

Sales channels
The Tarjeta Dorada may be purchased at Ticket offices in Stations, Ceuta Sales Office and Travel Agencies in person.
 

FLEUR

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2012 - 2016
Voie de Paris / Tours Aulnay to Saintes 2017
Camino del Baztan 2018
Yes, in person and in our experience you buy it a different desk from the desk where you buy the ticket, well that was the case at Leon and at Santiago De Compostela railway stations but not at Irun. Excellent discounts especially for weekday travel.
 

Juspassinthrough

in our minds, we're vagabonds, you and I
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, May-June (2017)
Ingles, 2019
Leon-Sarria, June (2019)
Le Puy-Santiago (2023)?
For checking schedules, I highly recommend the DB Connect app which is for the German Rail but it has schedules for most of Europe and shows connections that the Renfe app does not.
 

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