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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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