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Train connections from Santiago?

#1
I wonder if anybody could help me regarding information about train-connections to/from Santiago? As I`m planning to reach Santiago in early July 2005, I`m thinking of travel by train to Lisabon-Portugal afterwards.
Thank you, Bjørn - Norway.
 

ivar

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#2
Train from Santiago

Hei Bjørn,

Trains in Spain are not the greatest. You can look at the RENFE (Spanish railroad) website and look at the service they have from Santiago to Lisboa.

I did a quick check and it seems like the train goes via Madrid. :roll:

The busses are much better way to travel. Try to look at the ALSA website and look at their schedules. I had a quick look and it looks like there is a direct bus from Santiago to Lisboa each Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. It leaves Santiago at 11.30 and arrives in Lisboa at 19.30.

Itinerary
Population Arrives Leaves
SANTIAGO COMPOSTELA 11:30
PONTEVEDRA 12:15 12:15
VIGO 12:45 12:45
VIANA DO CASTELO 12:45 12:45
POVOA DO VARZIM 13:15 13:15
OPORTO 13:45 13:45
ALBERGARIA 15:15 15:15
COIMBRA 16:00 16:00
LEIRIA 17:00 17:00
FATIMA 17:30 17:30
LISBOA ORIENTE 19:00

The busses usually are well equipped, usually with "In-flight" movies. I have taken the bus to Madrid a few times and I recommend it over the train.

Other train related posts on this board:
viewtopic.php?t=44

Renfe booking:
http://horarios.renfe.es/hir/ingles.html

ALSA Booking:
http://www.alsa.es

I hope this helps,

Ivar
 
#3
Portuguese Railways timetables are at http://www.cp.pt/horarios/e_horarios.html

You can go N-S via Porto but the only service between Portugal and Galicia is 2 trains a day between Porto and Vigo, change at Redondela to/from Santiago.

Despite having to change twice, it's not much slower than the bus and more comfortable. And if you're not pushed for time, you can spend a night en route; Porto or Coimbra for example are well worth visiting.
 

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