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Rental Car vs Train for Day Trips

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Rental Car vs Train for Day Trips

We will be in Madrid this summer and hope to do two day trips to Segovia and Toldeo. I realize the main pro for train is convenience (traffic and being able to relax). the pro to a car is freedom. Saying that if we were to take the day trips on consecutive days, what would be better, car or train.

Weigh in and give me your pros and cons!


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1. Re: Rental Car vs Train for Day Trips

Hi there,

Having taken the train to Toledo last year, I can't begin to tell you what a relaxing journey it was! The train was really modern and clean and took only 30 minutes. We intend to do the same in a couple of weeks and use the train to get to Segovia.

My DH really enjoys driving in Spain, but for us, it's the hassle of getting in and out of a city like Madrid and also looking to find somewhere to safely park a hire car in an unknown place AND parking in Madrid! So for us,the cost and the convenience of the train outweighs the freedom of the car.

Whatever you decide, enjoy Madrid.....it's a fab place! :)

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The train is great. For Segovia if you are based in central Madrid I recommend the bus run by Sepulvedana.

Take a look at the page on TA about getting to Segovia. ?


The Google maps show you the locations of both the bus point at Intercambiador Principe Pio and the train at Chamartin. Different points to reach before the journey starts.

The bus goes into Segovia within 10 minutes walk to the Tourist office and aqueduct.

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take the trains for day trips out of madrid. it is not worth the hassle of renting a car. the trains are modern, clean and very comfortable. with a car you will have parking problems in madrid and also dealing with traffic jams.

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I would take the train. Finding parking is not easy and may be expensive. There is no free parking in Spanish cities.

Edited: 31 March 2014, 04:40
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