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Madrid to Pau? Bus, train, fly or combination?

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Madrid to Pau? Bus, train, fly or combination?

I am taking a trip this March to Madrid and need to get to Pau for a conference from the 11-15. I tried to look at flights (multi-destination option) but the fare was some ridiculous amount (1600.00). So, I decided to purchase a RT ticket LAX to MAD for basically 1/3 of the cost. I am not a stranger to traveling in Europe but I have never attempted to travel from Madrid to Pau and was wondering what people might recommend. Here are some of the options I've come up with. I'm trying to get a feel from people with more experience which of the group would be the best for me. Here are my options:

1. Fly from MAD to Santander on Ryan Air. Then take bus/train to Pau.

2. Fly from MAD to Toulouse on Ryan Air. Take train.

3. Take train from Madrid to Pau

4. Take bus from Madrid to Pau.

*Flying to Pau from Madrid on AirFrance is 600.00.

That's NOT an option. :)

I would greatly appreciate some guidance! Please keep in mind that my return to the States from Madrid is March 18th.

thank you!!


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1. Re: Madrid to Pau? Bus, train, fly or combination?

Of the options you give then you would be best served taking a plane to Toulouse then a slow train ride to Pau.

The train from Madrid will take a long time, 12 hours or so and involve a number of changes.

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2. Re: Madrid to Pau? Bus, train, fly or combination?

I would also recommend flying to Toulouse. A few months ago we took a train from Barcelona to Lourdes. It was extremely long with many many changes so I would not recommend the train

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