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Lisbon-Madrid Night Train
Lusitánia Comboio Trenhotel
L are the two major capitals of the Iberian Peninsula, and no trip to Portugal and Spain is complete without a visit to both. By air, the two cities are only about an hour apart, but ground transportation, check-in time, and security checks will add several hours to the trip (especially if you need to wait for a checked suitcase).
A pleasant alternative worth considering is the Eurail or InterRail pass, which provide substantial discounts for passholders. By sleeping on the train, you'll save the cost of a hotel for one night, and you won't waste your daylight vacation hours at an airport.--especially if you're traveling with a
The night train between the Lisbon and Madrid--also known as the--is operated by Renfe, the Spanish national railways, on Portuguese and Spanish railroad tracks. Departure and arrival times are:
Times are subject to change, so check the train's at the CP Portuguese Railways site before going to the station. (Enter Lisbon - Santa Apolónia as your starting point, and when you see the results, look for "IN," Internacional train 335.)
Tickets and reservations
When you travel on the Lusitánia Comboio Trenhotel, you'll need two documents:
You can buy tickets and obtain reservations from:
If you're traveling extensively by train, consider a rail pass from InterRail (for residents of Europe) or Eurail (for travelers from outside Europe). Many different passes are available, including "Global Passes" that work throughout Europe and regional or single-country passes such as Eurail's Portugal-Spain pass and InterRail's Portugal and Spain passes.
With a rail pass, you won't need to buy a ticket between Lisbon and Madrid: You'll need only a seat or sleeping-car reservation, which you can obtain within a month of departure at a railroad station, an authorized travel agency in Europe, or an online ticket and railpass vendor such as Rail Europe.
For more information about the Trenhotel, see:
CP (Portuguese Railways)
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