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What you are referring to is "short-checking" of bags - where your bags are only checked to an intermediate point along your journey. Some airlines do allow short-checking of bags, although most will only allow it under specific circumstances, such as longer or overnight connections. Even airlines that used to allow it are starting to disallow it - for ...


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There are political reasons behind this and I believe that this isn't the appropriate website to discuss this. Anyway, you can find cheaper rail and air tickets for the BCN-MAD route. Try with Rumbo for instance. This website returns prices for airlines and Renfe trains. I've tested for you some dates and you can fly for less than 30 euros and go by train ...


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It's because it is a High Speed train running at 300km per hour. The only way of getting it cheap is via the Renfe website approx 1-2 months in advance. Then you can get up to 60% discount.


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Two years ago I drove from Madrid to Barcelona. I didn't rent a car, but used my own. However, I can add some hints: As MastaBaba mentioned, the toll roads are sometimes quite expensive. On the other hand very often you can choose if you want to use the new and empty highway and pay the toll or if you want to use the old highway that is quite often next to ...


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About the only difference is noted at the bottom of the page of ticket prices: Children under the age of 4 may travel without a ticket. So yes, some children get a discount, but not all. However, there is a tourist season travel ticket, for x number of days which you can purchase, for certain zones and various combos. For this, children under 11 get ...


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I've travelled by train in many countries in Europe, and I can say that the Spanish AVE is the most luxurious train I've ever been on. It's very fast, the railway and the trains are very new, and travelling conditions are good. For example, at the AVE, you get a 100% refund if the train runs more than 5 minutes late. Try that at the TGV in France or the ICE ...


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An electric jug will do most things better than an immersion heater in your case. If you can to minimise water used be sure that the coil of the element face downwards towards bottom of the jug. As long as the water is say 5mm above the parts of the element that get hot it will work well. You may be able to have a small part of the hot portion above water ...


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Yes, that is common. Sites like HomeAway have thousands of rental listings.


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The fastest way to get into town quickly (barring a taxi, which is expensive and whose speed depends on traffic conditions) is the commuter trains, Cercanías (journey planner, network map). These trains are also cheaper than the Metro when you're going from or to the airport (€1,75 for a 3-zone Cercanías ticket, vs €5 for a Metro ticket from the airport to ...


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'Beautiful' is relative, but if you take the highway, well, it's a highway. Spain ain't, say, the Central African Republic, so, car hire is a pretty boring (and safe) business. All the regular players are available in Barcelona. I recommend booking through 3clickcarhire. They tend to give decent deals. This September, I also rented a car through ...


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Bus is around 80-90 € (return). I think that there is very expensive and only an option if Flight depends on the day and company. The cheapest companies are Ryanair and EasyJet. Expect to pay at least 40 € for a return ticket to Porto and 60 € to Lisbon. Anyway, you can find one way tickets from 15 € to Porto or 27 € to Lisbon if you plan in advance. I ...


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You can find Kettle (or electric jug) in many stores (El Corte ingles, FNAC) in Spanish the name is "Hervidor de agua" http://www.fnac.es/Bodum-Bistro-Hervidor-de-agua-11451-294-Color-Rojo-Desayuno-Cafe-Accesorios-para-el-desayuno-Expresso-y-cafeteras/a839940 P.S. I posted a link to the item as an exmaple, but it can be purchased on person in the store.


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In general: Try to go to hotels where the whole building is occuppied by the hotel Try to avoid big streets or roads nearby Obviously, do not choose hotels near night life areas Trust in hotels chains like Hilton, Western, etc.. they usually have stronger criterias when they build a hotel New hotels better than ancient buildings Hotels with fitted carpet ...


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Barajas Airport is pretty good, it's nice and new, and efficient. I've been through many times and been impressed at its speed of processing. Assuming you need to check in at 4am, say, you'd probably have from 9.30pm till 4am outside the airport. I had a night in Madrid last year, and stayed in a hostel downtown as it was easy and quick to get there. ...


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Without doubt, the best option is the subway. You have to jump into the Metro line number 8 (the only one at Barajas Airport), then change to line 4 (Argüelles) and wait more than one hour until you arrive to Alonso Martinez stop. Then change to line 5 (Aluche) and only two stops later you are in Gran Via stop. The ticket is between 4'50 and 5 euros (depends ...


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Children under the age of 4 don't need a ticket. There are monthly/season tickets at reduced rates for people under 23 as well as 65 and over. And a special ticket for "official large families" and hadicapped persons. However, there don't seem to be any reduced rates for regular single tickets.


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A good place to start for me is the Interrail website list. Using the info there it is easy to google on and find more detailed information. A quick google also returned spain.info website with an events search ability for any given area of Spain, the link is for Madrid events in September.


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My advice is: find hotels outside inner Madrid (that is roughly the area within the M-30 motorway; a ring road). Las Tablas, for example, is a new neighbourhood in the north, planned during the housing bubble, and with low occupancy. That means fairly quiet nights (and days). There seem to be an NH and a Holiday Inn nearby. NB: I cannot recommend these two ...


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When I visited Barcelona some years back, I came across Apartments Ramblas. It is a search engine primarily for apartments in Barcelona. If you change the city to Madrid though, you get suggestions as well. The options are self-catering btw.


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AirBnB is one of the faster growing accommodation sites and includes large apartments with multiple bedrooms; depending on the time, and details, you may get something there.


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I've done this drive a couple of times. You can do it in under 6 hours easily on the motorway. I found parts of the trip extremely beautiful, but I guess it depends how used you are to the barren dry landscapes. There were lightning storms in the distance for long stretches of the journey, which looked amazing to us. However, I must admit that long stretches ...


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According to Wikitravel, there are at least a couple of options: MadShuttle - from 8.66 Euros per person, and they cater to all sorts of group sizes. EuropeShuttle - from 26 Euros per vehicle, this is arguably cheaper for your large group, if they have a van available to take all of you. There's also the 24 hour shared airport shuttle - from 8.50 Euros per ...



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