- Time of past OR future Camino
- plan to walk end of may 2013
Hi, as you can see - I am new! Please tell me how can I get from Santiago to Madrid? Thanks a lot xx
I see that for my departure date from Santiago to Madrid (2 Nov.), the RyanAir fare is only 18.69€ for an online purchase (including taxes and fees, apparently). Checking my pack, since it will be under 15 kilo, will be another 15€ if done online, for a total of 33.69€. This seems somewhat cheaper and much quicker than the train (49.20€, although I would get a senior discount), or the bus (47.46€, no discounts I know of). Any reason not to do it, from those experienced Camino travelers among you? I'm thinking I would just get a hotel near the airport that night, since I fly to the US the following morning. Thanks for any advice.
Hi!My husband and I took the train from Santiago to Madrid/Chamartin station, the afternoon train, on May 27th. Although it was a long 5hr+ trip, it was not unpleasant. very comfortable ride and the passing countryside was beautiful. When we arrived at Chamartin we just walked across the lot where all the taxis line up and stayed at the Hotel Husa. Sort of like a Motel6 but ok for an evening. Next morning took a taxi directly to the airport. Granted, all this adds up and can be done cheaper. What I regret most is that we did not take an extra day or two to relax and decompress before getting on the plane and flying home after our Camino. I kick myself for not visiting the city of Avila, only another hours train ride away from Madrid/Chamartin.
Have a wonderful time and Buen Camino to you.
Great information here. It has been very helpful.
One question, do the trains in Spain have a 'quiet' car? Do you have to reserve a seat for that? I am just anticipating a ride back from the camino full of noise. (I will need to take a few days to decompress and get that ipod charged) A few years ago, I remember being on a bus for about 5 hours and there was one passenger who used the total time to connect with family members on his cellphone as we were heading to the airport!
It's the getting to and from the camino that I am finding the most challenging - can't wait to get to the walking part!
Welcome to the forum.
I do not know where you live, but my experience with taking trains in spain have no comparison with the like of amtrack in the us, british rails (the like of virgin train, arriva), sncf, irish rails. Renfe trains are very, very posh in comparison with first class trains in all these other countries. I have travelled at least 5 times second class in the last 18 months on distance trains - santiago to zamora, salamanca to madrid, madrid to santiago. I will be travelling again soon on the santiago to zamora, salamanca to madrid and madrid to barcelona trains. I alway travelled in the quiet cars, no cell phone calls, no shouting children, no loud conversation to distract you.
These trips on renfe trains are regular fare tickets. As compared to alsa bus travel the trip is shorter than the bus. Without the discount, bus travel is normally less expensive. However you do not have opportunity to walk around and stretch your leg. Also the train has a cafeteria car for you relax and have a snack. The space between the seats are quite large. You will not be disturbed once your ticket has been checked by the train conductor on the first leg. The scenery on the route are also very spectacular.
I am not saying travelled by alsa bus is uncomfortable. I am just saying train travel here is more relaxing and comforting than bus travel. Bus travel in spain is also better than travel by bus in other countries.
One other thing i fail to mention is if you travel by train in 4 with seats and a table facing each other, you will pay only for 2 tickets. This is a 50% discount. You are not going to get anything cheaper.
Good luck. Que tengas un buen camino y que dios los bendiga.