London to Madrid

I want to go from London to Madrid.

I have LOADS of time to do it - so even a couple of days is OK - and would rather go by train or rail (or whatever)- so I can see where I am going rather than just seeing clouds by plane.

Any suggestions anyone?

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Hitch with truckers....you'll see lots of sights

London - Paris - Lyon - Barcelona - Zaragoza - Madrid - Cordoba - Granada - Madrid - Pamplona - Bordeaux - Paris - London

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alfie73;4698339

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Seemed a nice idea - with the exception views from railways are invariably more industrial.

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Hitch with truckers....you'll see lots of sights



Thanks.

I have never hitched - but as its to get a flight out the EU from Madrid - I would rather have a schedule that would ensure I arrive the day prior to the flight (in June).

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nuabdi;4698316

London - Paris - Lyon - Barcelona - Zaragoza - Madrid - Cordoba - Granada … London - Paris - Lyon - Barcelona - Zaragoza - Madrid - Cordoba - Granada - Madrid - Pamplona - Bordeaux - Paris - London



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thats the route i would suggest... you can take eurolines.co.uk, cheaper but longer or as above, use train... more expensive but generally quicker.

Paris: you know its famous
Lyon; dont know much nut its a nice break (Paris - Barcelona is 16 hours by coach)
Barcelona: not to be missed a very nice city
Zaragoza: you can skip if you dont want
Madrid: thats your destination, a big city
Granada: nice little city very exotic and it has one of the most visited tourist site in Spain - Alhambra
Cordoba: nice city and the Cathedral Mosque
Madrid again
Pamplona: matador
Bordeaux: dont know much but i think its also nice break

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thats the route i would suggest... you can take eurolines.co.uk, cheaper … thats the route i would suggest... you can take eurolines.co.uk, cheaper but longer or as above, use train... more expensive but generally quicker.Paris: you know its famous Lyon; dont know much nut its a nice break (Paris - Barcelona is 16 hours by coach)Barcelona: not to be missed a very nice cityZaragoza: you can skip if you dont wantMadrid: thats your destination, a big cityGranada: nice little city very exotic and it has one of the most visited tourist site in Spain - AlhambraCordoba: nice city and the Cathedral MosqueMadrid againPamplona: matadorBordeaux: dont know much but i think its also nice break



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Personnally, I would avoid coaches/buses (lack of legroom, stop everywhere and too slow) and stick with trains. As Choccy said (tongue in cheek or not), hitching is an option. You may well meet a perv who wants to cut you up, or you may meet some really cool people. I haven't done it for a few years, but always got a lot more lifts in Europe than in the UK.

Also, having driven through France a few times, I found most of the central French towns and cities to be so so. Things really seem to liven up down the west coast (La Rochelle) and the south coast/Provence area.

Barcelona and Paris are both great and definately worth a visit, other than that, the bits inbetween are very hit and miss.

Enjoy your trip.

What date in June? I may be driving over to Ibiza after my exams, but they are not till the 8th of June, more than happy to drop you off along the way for a share of the fuel costs, thats if your going after that is.

Mike..

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I have probably spent over a year between all of France and Spain (just Catalonia and 7 islands), its just I would prefer seeing where I travel through.

Trains are faster, but I enjoy travelling, so the speed within reason is not an issue, having done two 2000+km bus trips in the past, and 16 hour/1000km from Riga to Moscow through the snow fairly recently. Leg room is not really a problem with buses compared to planes (34 inch/85cm inside leg!). unless you are in a corner seat at the back. Middle seats are better - as they have least vibration. Table seats - and the centre seat at the back have the best leg room.

I have also driven to Spain from Scotland twice clocking up 6500km on one trip and 8000km on another (via Switzerland and Italy), and a 4000km drive to France. In addition to countless trips to northern France, Belgium, and the Netherlands with four to Luxembourg. As if I am go as far south as London - I am as well popping over for a bit of tax avoidance to subsidise the fuel costs.

The two longest bus trips I did were from Dundee to Costa Brava which if leaving from London rather than Scotland drops the journey by over well over a third which would seem far shorter, as the bus picked up so many groups on the way - and even went via Liverpool - then visited loads of holiday places before dropping us last. It took 35 hours.

In saying that - I will look into both rail and bus options, and if the scenery gets boring I have a battery extender that uses four AAs that can keep my phone online for days with 12 batteries.

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MikeBeaver;4699075

What date in June? I may be driving over to Ibiza after my exams, but … What date in June? I may be driving over to Ibiza after my exams, but they are not till the 8th of June, more than happy to drop you off along the way for a share of the fuel costs, thats if your going after that is.Mike..



Thanks for the offer - but my Madrid flight is before that.

If you use Norfolk line you should get a return for under £40 for your car and passengers.

It also takes you to Dunkirk - which if you want a cheaper but slightly longer journey to Barcelona (where I presume your ferry is from) you can travel through Belgium and Luxembourg for toll free roads, and Luxembourg has the cheapest EU fuel prices.

If you then cut across to get onto the A75 which runs south from Paris but join it at Clermont-Ferrand you can do the entire trip toll free with the exception of the Millau bridge, which as the highest motorway bridge on the planet is well worth the four quid they want to cross it.

The road is constantly being extended - and last year went to about two hours short of the french spanish border. Try to carry enough fuel so you can refill at La Jonquera.

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