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return to Madrid from Santiago De Compostela after completing Pilgrimage

rdgmann

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Camino(s) past & future
planning for May 2019, Camino Frances
A couple of us will be starting the Camino Frances on May 22nd, we have until June 27 to complete our pilgrimage. On June 28th we must travel from Santiago de Compostela back to Madrid as we have a flight to catch on June 29th. Was hoping to take the train however Renfe is only showing trains up to May 23rd at this time, there are no trains scheduled after that date. For peace of mind I was hoping to have the return trip back to Madrid booked before we fly to Spain on May 20th. I have read that Renfe can be slow posting train schedules but was wondering if others have heard of some problems with rail service which is why there are no trains listed after May 23rd.
Could book a cheap flight but they leave at god aweful hours, either 6am or 11 pm for the cheap seats.
Any advise from anyone is appreciated.
thanks.
 

Karl Oz

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Frances
Portuguese
Aragones
Sanabres
Piamonte
Elizabethpfad
If you are using the Renfe website then you can expect peculiar search results. Apparently the app works better, but I have not tried it. Have a look at Rome2Rio and that may yield something more useful.
 
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A couple of us will be starting the Camino Frances on May 22nd, we have until June 27 to complete our pilgrimage. On June 28th we must travel from Santiago de Compostela back to Madrid as we have a flight to catch on June 29th. Was hoping to take the train however Renfe is only showing trains up to May 23rd at this time, there are no trains scheduled after that date. For peace of mind I was hoping to have the return trip back to Madrid booked before we fly to Spain on May 20th. I have read that Renfe can be slow posting train schedules but was wondering if others have heard of some problems with rail service which is why there are no trains listed after May 23rd.
Could book a cheap flight but they leave at god aweful hours, either 6am or 11 pm for the cheap seats.
Any advise from anyone is appreciated.
thanks.

Despite the issue with the scheduling site, the train to Madrid is a great way to get there. I wouldn't be to concerned about trying to get tickets this far in advance. My son and I reserved our tickets 72 hours ahead of our departure from Santiago de Compostela, and had no problems at all. We arrived around noon, dropped our stuff off at our hotel, then spent the day and evening in Madrid.
 

O Peracha

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Santiago (2014)
Annapurna Base, Nepal (2014)
GR 5 - Holland to Pompey, France (2015)
Lisbon to Finesterre (2016)
I can book June 28th on the Trainline EU app right now.

This is one of my favorite travel apps. Simple, elegant design. Everything you need and no extra stuff. I've been using it for several years for train travel in and between Italy, France, Spain and Germany but I think it works for all of western Europe.
 

rdgmann

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
planning for May 2019, Camino Frances
I can book June 28th on the Trainline EU app right now.

This is one of my favorite travel apps. Simple, elegant design. Everything you need and no extra stuff. I've been using it for several years for train travel in and between Italy, France, Spain and Germany but I think it works for all of western Europe.
Thanks for looking as well, however I can see nothing on Trainline eu, either on their website or phone app. I have searched with others such as rome2rio and Loco2 and come up with nothing from them either.
I am not certain how you managed to get some results but I come up empty.
 

AndrewDavOz

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2019
There are a number of trains every day, apparently. One problem I had was that I was selecting the wrong destination station in Madrid. The renfe site didn’t help, it just indicated no trains. Select Madrid Chamartin. But still nothing past the end of May. Seat61 indicates that the site is slow to update... just try closer to the required date.
 

paddington

Member
Camino(s) past & future
may (2019)
There is construction along part of this route scheduled through May 23. The note on the Renfe site indicates that the passengers will leave the train and be bussed for a portion of the journey . You can see this comment if you look at the trains on the Renfe site through May 23. (Click on the red ! Next to the train )
For some reason Renfe has not yet posted the trains for this route after May 23. Some speculation that they are waiting to see when the construction will be completed.
I am traveling on May 25 and I finally gave up waiting for the train and I booked tickets on the bus .
I used loco2 for the first time this week to book a couple of trains in the uk and I found it easy to use so you might try that site once you see your train show up on the Renfe site for the date you want to travel .
 

mark connolly

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
sept 2016 CF
sept 2017 Lourdes to SJPDP via Piemonte
SJPDP to SDC via CF
2019 CF (God willing)
I with Robo on this one. Both times I took a flight from Santiago to Madrid. Yes, they do leave at ungodly hours, but it is only an hour and a half flight; as opposed to a eight to ten hour train ride. Just remember to arrive in Madrid at least two days prior to your departure.

Good Luck.

Mark
 
Camino(s) past & future
cycled from Pamplona Sep 2015;Frances, walked from St Jean May/June 2017. Plans to walk Porto 2020
A couple of us will be starting the Camino Frances on May 22nd, we have until June 27 to complete our pilgrimage. On June 28th we must travel from Santiago de Compostela back to Madrid as we have a flight to catch on June 29th. Was hoping to take the train however Renfe is only showing trains up to May 23rd at this time, there are no trains scheduled after that date. For peace of mind I was hoping to have the return trip back to Madrid booked before we fly to Spain on May 20th. I have read that Renfe can be slow posting train schedules but was wondering if others have heard of some problems with rail service which is why there are no trains listed after May 23rd.
Could book a cheap flight but they leave at god aweful hours, either 6am or 11 pm for the cheap seats.
Any advise from anyone is appreciated.
thanks.

Hola @rdgmann . The reasion RENFE not showing any trains after May23 as they are probably sorting out the summer timetable. I think it will change on 1 June or a little later; 27/28 June should not be high season so I suggest you go to the RENFE booking office in Leon and book your seats. I did this back in 2017 although I had to go back twice as the Customer Service person (woman) spoke no English and pretended not to understand my SPanish. If you can look up a train that is close to the time you want to depart SDC and use that info. I ended up using google chrome and translated my request into Spanish - it worked. Buen Camino
 

O Peracha

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Santiago (2014)
Annapurna Base, Nepal (2014)
GR 5 - Holland to Pompey, France (2015)
Lisbon to Finesterre (2016)
Thanks for looking as well, however I can see nothing on Trainline eu, either on their website or phone app. I have searched with others such as rome2rio and Loco2 and come up with nothing from them either.
I am not certain how you managed to get some results but I come up empty.


My bad. I rechecked and this time I noticed that all the results I was getting were for ALSA and Flixbus. Sorry about that.
 

paddington

Member
Camino(s) past & future
may (2019)
I with Robo on this one. Both times I took a flight from Santiago to Madrid. Yes, they do leave at ungodly hours, but it is only an hour and a half flight; as opposed to a eight to ten hour train ride. Just remember to arrive in Madrid at least two days prior to your departure.

Good Luck.

Mark
hi Mark

I am wondering at your comment "to arrive in Madrid at least two days prior to your departure". Is that to allow for sight seeing in Madrid? or for another reason? thanks
 

LTfit

Veteran Member
I always book through the Renfe website but as someone said, this can only be done a month in advance. Alsa on the other hand does allow you to book early. If the choice is between train or bus I would definitely advise taking the train. I have done both and given the length of the trip the train wins hands done. The Alsa night bus was a horror, making stops everywhere and turning on the lights each time. I arrived at 5 a.m. totally exhausted.

Flights from Santiago to Madrid are usually quite expensive unless the Ryanair flight/times works for you.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Sarria to Santiago 2014
Pamplona to Santiago 2017
Norte. 2018
I took that train in early June last year and it was full on the day left. Many people who hadn’t booked ahead did not get on the train. I had booked ahead at a train station I was walking by one day.
 

DBride

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances from Burgos April 2019
I took Ryan air flight to Madrid. But I have to take taxi to there because my flight was very early in the morning.
 

Pilger99

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
addicted since 1999 (Aragones, CF), lots of caminos in Spain and Portugal since then
The Alsa night bus was a horror, making stops everywhere and turning on the lights each time. I arrived at 5 a.m. totally exhausted.

Flights from Santiago to Madrid are usually quite expensive unless the Ryanair flight/times works for you.
If you can, spend a bit more money for the supra bus. More space and no stop between A Coruña and Madrid (~7 hours, arrival 6:30am). Unfortunately not always available.

At least Iberia and Air europa compete with Ryanair inland and even more airlines offer conections with europe, therefore the fare Santiago - Madrid isn't too expensive. E.g. Logroño has a totally different price
 

LTfit

Veteran Member
If you can, spend a bit more money for the supra bus. More space and no stop between A Coruña and Madrid (~7 hours, arrival 6:30am). Unfortunately not always available.

At least Iberia and Air europa compete with Ryanair inland and even more airlines offer conections with europe, therefore the fare Santiago - Madrid isn't too expensive. E.g. Logroño has a totally different price

As always depends when you are booking. I tried to get to Madrid from Santiago this past April after Easter and flights were about 300 euros :eek: . There were in fact no buses and no available trains, from any destination around Santiago (Vigo, etc). We tried every possible connection. I ended up getting a local train to Vigo and catching a ride to Madrid via blabla cars (my first). Rode with three Spanish university students and was dropped off close to Atocha. 30 euros! Then caught the cercanias to Barajas.

For me the fastest option is to fly directly from Santiago to Amsterdam with Vueling but they only have two flights a week. Sometimes it is even cheaper than taking the train or bus to Madrid then a flight to Amsterdam.
 

Walking Lover

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CdS from Leon to Santiago, June 16, 2016 to June 30, 2016.
A couple of us will be starting the Camino Frances on May 22nd, we have until June 27 to complete our pilgrimage. On June 28th we must travel from Santiago de Compostela back to Madrid as we have a flight to catch on June 29th. Was hoping to take the train however Renfe is only showing trains up to May 23rd at this time, there are no trains scheduled after that date. For peace of mind I was hoping to have the return trip back to Madrid booked before we fly to Spain on May 20th. I have read that Renfe can be slow posting train schedules but was wondering if others have heard of some problems with rail service which is why there are no trains listed after May 23rd.
Could book a cheap flight but they leave at god aweful hours, either 6am or 11 pm for the cheap seats.
Any advise from anyone is appreciated.
thanks.
Flying is cheap.
 

Mackie

Roncesvalles - SDC 2011; Ponferrada - SDC 2016
Camino(s) past & future
Roncesvalles-Santiago (2011); Ponferrada-Santiago (2016)
I've taken the train from Santiago to Madrid twice after my Camino but that was in October, 2011 and October, 2016. I went to the train station the day before my departure and purchased my ticket. No prior reservation. No problem whatsoever.
 

robert hailwood

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
travelling from SJPP in early May 2014
A couple of us will be starting the Camino Frances on May 22nd, we have until June 27 to complete our pilgrimage. On June 28th we must travel from Santiago de Compostela back to Madrid as we have a flight to catch on June 29th. Was hoping to take the train however Renfe is only showing trains up to May 23rd at this time, there are no trains scheduled after that date. For peace of mind I was hoping to have the return trip back to Madrid booked before we fly to Spain on May 20th. I have read that Renfe can be slow posting train schedules but was wondering if others have heard of some problems with rail service which is why there are no trains listed after May 23rd.
Could book a cheap flight but they leave at god aweful hours, either 6am or 11 pm for the cheap seats.
Any advise from anyone is appreciated. Wh
thanks.
I took the ALSA bus, which was a comfortable 6 hour journey. It runs daily.
 

mikebet

Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP to Pamplona (2016); Baiona to Santiago (2018); Sarria to Santiago (2018)
When I was looking into this I found that Friday/weekend flights went up spectacularly in cost compared to mid-week. Since we were leaving Santiago last Friday (May 3) we took the train instead, Santiago to Ourense, then transfer to another train to Madrid Chamartin. One advantage to taking the train from Santiago is that you can walk to the station instead of a taxi ride to the airport. And there is a dining car where you can get a beer or two to wash down your bocadillo en route. Nice.
 

Larry OHeron

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Via De La Plata
I've taken both the bus and train. Both are equally good alternatives.
If you spending time in Madrid, go to Puerta del Sol and rub the bear's butt. It will bring you good luck in the future.
 

Susan M Fron

SusanM
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (August 2019)
I with Robo on this one. Both times I took a flight from Santiago to Madrid. Yes, they do leave at ungodly hours, but it is only an hour and a half flight; as opposed to a eight to ten hour train ride. Just remember to arrive in Madrid at least two days prior to your departure.

Good Luck.

Mark
Did you mean 2 days, or hours?
 

mikebet

Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP to Pamplona (2016); Baiona to Santiago (2018); Sarria to Santiago (2018)
Renfe from Santiago to Madrid is about 6 hours, IIRC, even with the transfer at Ourense. Given the fact that you don't have to take a taxi to the airport an hour or two early to be sure to get through security, etc. , there isn't THAT much difference in time. And it's a hell of a lot cheaper than flying, as well as being vastly more comfortable.
 

Juspassinthrough

in our minds, we're vagabonds, you and I
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2017)
Camino Inglés 2019
Leon-Sarria, June (2019)
Camino Aragonés (2023?)
AndrewDavOz,

I’ve found that if you actually sign up on ether the Renfe App or online, you get better results than if you use the site as a visitor. Getting signed up was a bit of a challenge but not impossible. Also, the DB App (German Rail) is comprehensive and easy to use, even for Spain.
 

Walking Lover

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CdS from Leon to Santiago, June 16, 2016 to June 30, 2016.
A couple of us will be starting the Camino Frances on May 22nd, we have until June 27 to complete our pilgrimage. On June 28th we must travel from Santiago de Compostela back to Madrid as we have a flight to catch on June 29th. Was hoping to take the train however Renfe is only showing trains up to May 23rd at this time, there are no trains scheduled after that date. For peace of mind I was hoping to have the return trip back to Madrid booked before we fly to Spain on May 20th. I have read that Renfe can be slow posting train schedules but was wondering if others have heard of some problems with rail service which is why there are no trains listed after May 23rd.
Could book a cheap flight but they leave at god aweful hours, either 6am or 11 pm for the cheap seats.
Any advise from anyone is appreciated.
thanks.
Gly.
 

Jodean

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
22 Sept. to 21 Oct. 2015, Pamplona to Santiago
6-23.04 Porto to Santiago 2018
17.09-30.09 CF 2018
Would take a train anytime over flying. The amount of time involved is not that different (add in the time and cost to get to the airport, the amount of time you need before the flight, the flight itself and once you arrive at your destination the amount of time and cost to get into the city from the airport), it is vastly more comfortable, and certainly better for the earth. Added plus, you get to see the countryside. The train to Madrid only takes 5-6 hours.
 

paddington

Member
Camino(s) past & future
may (2019)
I just looked and Lots of trains are showing up on the Renfe site for June 28th from Santiago to Madrid- charmartin station. Not sure if the trains were just added to the schedule or if you were looking at another Madrid station ? I am not seeing them all on the loco2 website but they might show up there in a day or so.
Hope this helps .
 

Goran

New member almost four years
Camino(s) past & future
CF '17., SJPdP-Santiago
CP '18., Lisbon-Santiago
CN '19., Irun-Santiago
VdlP '20., Seville-Santiago?
A couple of us will be starting the Camino Frances on May 22nd, we have until June 27 to complete our pilgrimage. On June 28th we must travel from Santiago de Compostela back to Madrid as we have a flight to catch on June 29th. Was hoping to take the train however Renfe is only showing trains up to May 23rd at this time, there are no trains scheduled after that date. For peace of mind I was hoping to have the return trip back to Madrid booked before we fly to Spain on May 20th. I have read that Renfe can be slow posting train schedules but was wondering if others have heard of some problems with rail service which is why there are no trains listed after May 23rd.
Could book a cheap flight but they leave at god aweful hours, either 6am or 11 pm for the cheap seats.
Any advise from anyone is appreciated.
thanks.
A couple of us will be starting the Camino Frances on May 22nd, we have until June 27 to complete our pilgrimage. On June 28th we must travel from Santiago de Compostela back to Madrid as we have a flight to catch on June 29th. Was hoping to take the train however Renfe is only showing trains up to May 23rd at this time, there are no trains scheduled after that date. For peace of mind I was hoping to have the return trip back to Madrid booked before we fly to Spain on May 20th. I have read that Renfe can be slow posting train schedules but was wondering if others have heard of some problems with rail service which is why there are no trains listed after May 23rd.
Could book a cheap flight but they leave at god aweful hours, either 6am or 11 pm for the cheap seats.
Any advise from anyone is appreciated.
thanks.

On Friday I have booked a train ticket on the RENFE website for the 29th of June from Santiago de Compostela to Madrid.
 

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