I am planning to travel to Lisbon on 23/September and return to India on 6/October.

I am planning to travel to Paris/Madrid and then take a train from there.

Can some one tell me how much time does it take to reach Lisbon from Paris/Madrid and what is the frequency of trains.

Do I need transit visa for that?

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Paris and Madrid are over 1,000km apart, so it's really not a situation where the two cities are interchangeable.

From Madrid, you can reach Lisbon by sleeper train or a series of daytime connections. The overnight sleeper takes about 9.5 hours, running once per night. By daytime train, it will take pretty much the entire day; if you follow the Man in Seat 61's suggested itinerary, you'll leave at 8am and arrive at 8pm.

From Paris, you can take the TGV to the Spanish border, then connect to a Sud Express sleeper train to Lisbon. You'd leave Paris at 12:52 and arrive in Lisbon about 7:30 the next morning.

Given the amount of time these journeys require, I'd give serious consideration to flying instead. There are also bus options available, taking 8-9 hours from Madrid to Lisbon.

If you're an Indian citizen, you need a Schengen visa for your entire trip, which would cover your time in Lisbon and your time spent in France and/or Spain.

  • Thanks for your answer. I do not know about the visa rules. Are you saying with Schengen visa I can travel from India to Madrid to Lisbon? I think I have conveyed it to you as I will be there only for 3 days 23,24 and 25... That was my mistake. I am saying I will be traveling from India in one of these days and be there till 6 th October.. I have edited the question Apr 18, 2018 at 5:20
  • @PraphullaKoushik Yes, exactly. Spain, Portugal, and France are all countries in the Schengen area, so one visa will work for them all. Apr 18, 2018 at 5:26
  • Even if you're there longer, personally, I'd fly unless the overnight train meets your needs. Apr 18, 2018 at 5:30

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