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.
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.
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.
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.