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Train from Madrid to Leon

jluspo

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Camino(s) past & future
October 2019
Hello,

My first post here but I've been lurking for a while. I'm starting my Camino from Leon to Santiago beginning on Oct 14. I'm landing in Madrid 9:30am on Oct 13th and actually purchased my train ticket to Leon leaving Madrid at 17:30. The ticket that I bought says "Tarifa Flexible." Does that mean I can get on a earlier train or will I have to buy a new ticket when I get to the station?

thanks,
Joven
 

scruffy1

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Holy Year from Pamplona 2010, SJPP 2011, Lisbon 2012, Le Puy 2013, Vezelay (partial watch this space!) 2014; 2015 Toulouse-Puenta la Reina (Arles)
3 thoughts: 1) does the train ticket you purchased refer to a train leaving from the airport or from the downtown station? 8 hours in the airport or an easy trip to town and hop te train? 2) It's a 3 hour ride +- from Madrid to León meaning you will arrive 2230. Do reserve lodging, the train station is not far from beautiful downtown León, the cathedral and many hotels of all prices. Reserve from the comfort of home instead of wandering around in the dark looking for a hotel not yet completo. 3) Don't run down the Camino first thing next morning, take time see the cathedral in daylight a-n-d visit San Isodoro - not the church nothing much to see there but the next-door museum which houses the frescoes!!! Not to be missed
 

jluspo

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
October 2019
3 thoughts: 1) does the train ticket you purchased refer to a train leaving from the airport or from the downtown station? 8 hours in the airport or an easy trip to town and hop te train? 2) It's a 3 hour ride +- from Madrid to León meaning you will arrive 2230. Do reserve lodging, the train station is not far from beautiful downtown León, the cathedral and many hotels of all prices. Reserve from the comfort of home instead of wandering around in the dark looking for a hotel not yet completo. 3) Don't run down the Camino first thing next morning, take time see the cathedral in daylight a-n-d visit San Isodoro - not the church nothing much to see there but the next-door museum which houses the frescoes!!! Not to be missed
Hi Scruffy1,

1) The 17:30 train leaves from Atocha station. I have to make my way from the airport to this station.
2) Yes, I will arrive fairly late. I'm interested in exchanging my ticket for an earlier train so I can enjoy Leon and possibly attend mass at the cathedral.
3) I will try to see the cathedral in the morning then head off to my Camino. Thanks for the tip about San Isidro but unfortunately, I will have to head out after visiting the cathedral
 

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