Transportation from Seville to Lisbon

I am visiting Southern Spain end of September 2017. I have heard train service is questionable due to repairs. Is this true? If so, bus or flying best?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 21, 2017 17:57
    Hi Kathy,

    There are two ways to travel from Seville to Lisbon.

    Lisbon to Seville (via Faro)

    The first option would involve taking a bus from Seville to Faro in the Algarve region on the southern coast of Portugal and then a train from Faro up to Lisbon.

    The bus service from Seville to Faro is operated by 'Eva Bus' and 'DAMAS'. We aren't able to issue tickets for these buses, so you would have to try going directly through the vendor.

    If you go with this option, it would also be important to point out that the Faro-Lisbon trains require seat reservations in addition to the tickets that we'd issue. However, the reservation portion is only able to be purchased locally at the station. Therefore, to purchase the seat reservation, you would just go to the ticket window in the station and be sure to mention that you've already purchased the ticket. The trains from Faro to Lisbon are 'InterCity' (IC) and 'Alfa Pendular' (AP) trains.

    You would purchase tickets for the train from Faro to Lisbon by searching the route under 'Find Train Tickets' right on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com. Tickets from Faro to Lisbon can only be booked once within 60 days of an intended date of departure.

    Seville to Lisbon (via Madrid)

    The second option would have you taking a high-speed 'AVE' or 'Alvia' train from Seville to Madrid, where you would switch to the 'Lusitania' night train that would take you to Lisbon.

    For these trains, you would purchase tickets by searching the route under 'Find Train Tickets' on our homepage and breaking up your search in Madrid. Therefore, you would do one search for the segment from Seville to Madrid and then another search to access the overnight train from Madrid to Lisbon.

    Generally, the trains from Seville to Madrid and the night train from Madrid to Lisbon can only be booked once within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    Please note, the 'Lusitania' overnight train is the only passenger train that operates along the rail line between Madrid and Lisbon.

    When searching the connection from Seville to Lisbon (Seville to Madrid and Madrid to Lisbon), you will see that trains from Seville to Madrid arrive into the Atocha station in Madrid, while the night train from Madrid to Lisbon departs out of the Chamartin station. To commute from Atocha to Chamartin, you would just take a local Cercanías train (like a commuter/suburban train). The Cercanías ride from Atocha to Chamartin only takes about 10 to 13 minutes, but you would still want to allow yourself at least 1 full hour between your arrival from Seville and your departure to Lisbon. Tickets for an 'AVE' or 'Alvia' train into Madrid are actually valid to cover a transfer on the Cercanías, as long as you do so within 3 hours of your arrival from Seville.
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