Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Madrid to Lourdes Via Bus

We were supposed to fly from Madrid to Lourdes via IBERIA. The flight normally takes around 1.5 hours. However, we had to make changes in our travel plans because my husband lost our passports.

To travel from Madrid to Lourdes via bus...

1. Go to WWW.ALSA.ES

2. Go to the international route 

3.  Choose your route: Madrid  ( Plaza ElĂ­ptica) ---> Tarbes

4. Book a pickup from Tarbes Train Station. 
We used the taxi service of ALLIANCE: alliance-taxis-lourdes@wanadoo.fr
Note There are some trips that arrive 2 or 3 am. The earliest train from Tarbes to Lourdes is 6 am.

This is a cheap route but it takes a lot of time. The bus ride takes 13-14 hours with a 1 hr stopover in SOCU. This is also where you change buses.

Personally, I didn't mind the long travel time. It was a pleasant and comfortable journey.  Expect magnificent views as the Spanish Country-side looks like a beautiful painting. It was like starting into a screensaver. 

Be sure to bring food and drinks. The chips and cookies in SOCU are way overpriced. Try to save some videos on your Android or bring a book too. NO WIFI IN THE BUS. 

Happy Trip!

Missing Spain,

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