Posts Tagged ‘RENFE’

Not RENFE

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

June 13, 2009

Today we took our only long-distance train that was not run by RENFE.  The reason is that they operate in Spain and this was the only long-distance train we took out of Spain.  On the way out of Lisbon we went through the Estacao de Oriente making it the last of the many times going through there.

Traveling through Estacao de Oriente

Traveling through Estacao de Oriente

The quality of the CP train was decent but it really reinforced the quality that the RENFE has.

Major Train Ride #2

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

June 7, 2009

Today we traveled for the second time on a train but this ride was significantly shorter but took much longer because the trains did not travel as fast as the AVE high speed trains.

Madrid to Cordoba – 183 miles – 102 minutes – 108 mph

Cordoba to Granada – 80 miles – 152 minutes – 32 mph

The difference between the two rides is staggering and shows how a high speed train network can improve over a standard network making it actually competitive.

Photos from train ride

The Travel Begins!

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

June 6, 2009

We had an extra day off and after the week in Madrid we spent it relaxing.  At night we had a ride on the RENFE AVE train from Atocha Station.  This was the first major high speed rail line built in Spain.  In terms of using this over air travel I am totally for the train because the time is not much different and the amount of time you need to arrive before departure is minimal.  It is possible to show up to the train 15 minutes before it leaves and make it on without having issues.  Also, unlike airlines, the trains are very reliant with RENFE giving a guarantee that if a train is more than 20 minutes late you get a 100% refund (I would like to see an airline do that and stay in business).

The train ride was great and we just had a short walk to the hostel when we got to Cordoba.  In Cordoba we stayed at the Hosteling International – Instalacion Juvenil which was a very nice hostel that was simple but provided free breakfast.  After we got in the hostel we went out and took a walk to see what was around and found we were just 5 minutes from the meeting point on the Roman bridge.

Sevilla Train

Saturday, April 18th, 2009
  • Train: RENFE R-598 13947
  • Date: 6/8/09
  • From: Granada
  • Leave: 8:23 PM
  • To: Sevilla
  • Arrive: 11:32 PM

Granada Train

Saturday, April 18th, 2009
  • Train: RENFE Altaria 09234
  • Date: 6/7/09
  • From: Cordoba
  • Leave: 7:09 PM
  • To: Granada
  • Arrive: 9:41 PM

Cordoba Train

Saturday, April 18th, 2009
  • Train: RENFE Ave 02200
  • Date: 6/6/09
  • From: Madrid
  • Leave: 8:00 PM
  • To: Cordoba
  • Arrive: 9:42 PM

Toledo Train Day Trip

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

To Toledo

  • Train: RENFE Avant 08292
  • Date: 6/4/09
  • From: Madrid
  • Leave: 9:20 AM
  • To: Toledo
  • Arrive: 9:50 AM

From Toledo:

  • Train: RENFE Avant 08193
  • Date: 6/4/09
  • From: Toledo
  • Leave: 7:30 PM
  • To: Madrid
  • Arrive: 8:00 PM