From Jerez to Madrid
There are only 2 trains directly from Jerez to Madrid. One is a morning train and has no discount - very expensive. The evening train gets into Madrid after 2100. Even with the discount on this one it is more expensive than if you take two trains.
You can get a good cup of coffee and something to eat in the breakfast room at the Jerez train station.
There is a wide choice of trains from Jerez to Seville and again from Seville to Madrid. The second leg also has the WEB discount if you purchase your ticket in advance on line from the RENFE site.
See here and here on how to purchase tickets on line in advance from RENFE.
So at the cost of approximately 1 hour in the Seville train station, it is a lot less expensive.
I paid Euro 18.10 from Jerez to Sevilla (Santa Justa) and Euro 31.05 from Sevilla SJ to Madrid, Atocha.
The whole trip with the wait in Sevilla took 4 1/2 hours.
The Sevilla train station is large, clean and well kept. Lots of places to eat or have a cup of coffee. Clean and well cared for rest rooms. Very safe, saw lots of police just 'strolling' around the station.
The trains in Spain are clean, comfortable and run on time.
The trip can also be made more cheaply by bus, but it is a very long way to travel by bus.
Ok so where can you get to by train from Jerez?
Well if you take the local line, CERCANIAS, you can go to: El Puerto de Santa Maria (10 mins), Puerto Real, San Fernando or Cadiz. El Pueto and Cadiz (45 mins) are the best options from that list. It costs about 3 euros to get to Cadiz from Jerez (one way).
If you take the ANDALUCIA EXPRESS you can go to Sevilla. There are two stations in Sevilla, Santa Justa is the biggest and is the end of the line.
The conditions of the trains are very good and some of the carriages are very modern and brand new.
You can change the language on the website to English, look for the British flag on the left hand side!
Check out my Cadiz page: CADIZ
And my El Puerto Pages for ideas: EL PUERTO DE SANTA MARIA
The train to Jerez from Seville takes approximately one hour and leaves approximately every hour. It leaves from Seville Santa Justa which 10 to 15 minutes walk from the old city. There is anotehr station at Santa Barbera which is slightly closer. Be careful when taking teh return train to Seville as the passenger dispaly boards give both the destination and where the train is arriving from.
The Andalucian express stops at Jerez. The return fare to Seville was 10.40 euros in 2003, and the journey took just over an hour.
The train was clean and comfortable, but travelling back on a Friday afternoon, the train was quite crowded, mainly with students going home for the weekend !
The current fare (November 2004) is 5.85 euros one way.
Full timetables for Spanish trains, and the latest fares are on the website.
Trains from Jerez run to Cadiz at least once an hour. Although the local train is quite slow, stopping at every station, and takes 50 minutes, it does take you reasonably close to the city centre. The fare was 3.90 euros return when we did the trip in 2003.
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