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Train trip from Lisbon to Barcelona

Jeff, I liked your description on traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona thru Madrid by train. Do you have an idea on how much that route would cost and could you get on and off in smaller towns for a few hours or even a night and then re-board, and how long could that take to get from Lisbon and Barcelona with and without de-boarding. We want to stay in Lisbon say 3 days, Madrid say 2 days and Barcelona say 4 days and don't want to be on the train for longer than 3 days, and maybe stay in beautiful Spanish towns say 2 days. Hope this is not too confusing. Semos Mexicanos de Tejas (San Antonio) y quiremos ver Espana y nuestros cultura!!! Gracias! Jerry Gonzales regdirn36@att.net
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) January 14, 2016 22:38
    Hi Jerry,

    I'm glad one of the previous responses was able to help you out.

    You would check schedules and purchase tickets by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) and entering a route.

    A connection from Lisbon to Barcelona would be comprised of the following two trains:

    - The 'Lusitania' overnight train from Lisbon to Madrid

    - A High-speed 'AVE' train from Madrid to Barcelona

    These trains require reservations. The reservation would be included with any ticket purchase for these trains. With that being the case, if you wish to visit a specific city, you would have to book tickets to that city.

    For example, if you want to visit Salamanca (a stop along the way for the night train from Lisbon to Madrid), you would have to book the night train from Lisbon to Salamanca (instead of to Madrid). Since this would involve you taking a different train to get from Salamanca to Madrid, you would have to book separate tickets for that train. Therefore, you would do one search for Lisbon to Salamanca and then another search for trains from Salamanca to Madrid. You would then do another search for your train from Madrid to Barcelona.

    If, for example, you also want to visit Zaragosa (a stop along the way from Madrid to Barcelona), you would do one search for trains from Madrid to Zaragosa and then another search for later trains from Zaragosa to Barcelona.

    Currently, the night train from Lisbon to Salamanca or Madrid is only able to be booked for dates through February. Day trains from Salamanca to Madrid are also currently only able to be booked for dates through February. In contrast, Madrid-Zaragosa-Barcelona trains are currently only able to be booked for dates up to the first week of April.

    It is usually the case that trains in Spain can only be booked within 60 to 90 days of an intended date of departure. The night train from Lisbon to Salamanca/Madrid can generally only be booked within 60 days of an intended date of departure.

    The night train from Lisbon arrives into the Chamartin station in Madrid, as would any train from Salamanca. In contrast, the trains from Madrid to Barcelona only depart from the Puerta De Atocha (station) in Madrid. To commute from the Chamartin station to Puerta De Atocha, you would take the local Renfe Cercanias line that operates directly between these stations. The ride between Chamartin and Atocha only takes about 10 to 13 minutes. You would pay to ride the Cercanias train locally at the turnstiles before boarding.
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