Leaving Your Trip in LISBON

This page offers help (concrete or informational) on leaving your trip. Topics include...

  1. Where you Leave Your Trip (see immediately below)
  2. Our “Access Package” offers (essentially, extra nights in Lisbon).
  3. How to time your trip to the airport.
  4. Suggested post-trip visits, especially when these are not geographically obvious, but are rendered economical and convenient by direct rail connections.
  5. Hopefully helpful hints for those setting up their own travel from the trip.

If you wish to arrange anything through us, we’ll be happy to oblidge.

1.  WHERE and WHEN Do You Leave Your Trip?

Your trip disbands in Lisbon, on Saturday morning, after a night there.
A couple of hints regarding ongoing travel are offered at the bottom of this page.

January 2, 2015

Not really applicable to Lisbon....  First of all, there is an airport there.  Secondly (and unusually), a city night is already included in the trip, since there are some special aspects of Lisbon where we feel we can be of help.  But we have booked a block of rooms for extra nights beyond the included Friday, and encourage you to take advantage, as long as supplies last!

We are also happy to help with ongoing travel....  We offer train tickets on overnight Hotel Trains to Madrid, the Basque Country, Barcelona...  even Paris, or London, for those who enjoy long-distance rail travel.

Options Offered at an Extra Cost (subject to availability)
For a general discussion of train upgrades, see here.  Topics include the relative comfort of first versus second class, and different types of accommodation available on overnight trains.

  • Additional hotel nights in Lisbon:  97€ single, 108€ double or twin (54€ if you prefer a share, and a roommate can be found for you).
    Prices do not include breakfast, but which is available for 7€, paid directly to the hotel.
    Our Lisbon hotel is superbly located, stylish, and a real counterpoint to the trip hotels — though no less Portuguese.  We selected it after site-inspecting almost 30 properties in the center of the city.  The rates reflect a modest discount on their usual prices, all we could negotiate on what are tough dates in Lisbon.  But we feel that the value of the hotel is excellent, even at full price.  If you would like us to book additional nights for you, and rooms are available, we are happy to do so without any service charge.
  • Tickets to London.  209€ if you also requested tickets from London to your trip, 249 € if not (if you wish to be in 1st class on the “Eurostar,” 255 € or 280 €; 1st class tickets include meal service).
    Service is overnight to the French border, with daylight connections on to Paris and London, arriving London at the end of the afternoon.  Sleeping car upgrades are available on the Hotel Train to the border.  Stopover in Paris available without additional cost.
  • Tickets to all other points.  For a shared (4-berth, single-sex) sleeping car cabin, tickets to Madrid start at 83€.  Tickets to San Sebastian start at 95€.  Tickets to Barcelona start at 127€.  Tickets to Paris start at 149€. 
    Upgrade prices, to Madrid, Barcelona, San Sebastian, Paris or London: 
    - Regular double cabin:  +98€ per cabin (49€ / person).
    These cabins offer an ensuite washstand with hall WC.
    - “Deluxe” double cabin:  +172€ (86€ / person).
    With ensuite shower and WC, dinner and breakfast included in the train restaurant. But it’s a late supper if you are going to Madrid:  the train pulls out at 10p.
    - Single cabin:  +96€.
    These cabins offer an ensuite washstand with hall WC.
    - “Deluxe” single cabin:  +146€.
    With ensuite shower and WC, dinner and breakfast included in the train restaurant. But it’s a late supper if you are going to Madrid:  the train pulls out at 10p.

3.  Your Trip to the Airport

Airbusleaves from stop C on Praça Rossio, the first stop you come to if you are walking over from our hotel (3 blocks).  You will know what all of this means by the time you have to face it.  3.50€, every 20 minutes, saves a dinosaur.

4.  Suggested POST-TRIP VISITS

Several of us have already committed to staying on an extra night in Lisbon (Saturday night), some are staying longer, and at least a couple are taking the Saturday night hotel train to France, arriving Sunday.  So, that’s one project. 

You could board the same train, and get off in Salamanca at midnight, for a visit of a beautiful Spanish university town (just be sure that your hotel has 24-hour reception), or in the morning in the Basque Country.

The beautiful desert city of Evora, on the Alentejo plain, will show you a Portugal you will not yet have seen.  We have a hotel we like there....

Or travel overnight to Madrid, for a couple of days in the Spanish capital, or for a flight from there if you can’t find one you like from Lisbon (Madrid arrival is 9a:  do not book a flight departing before noon). 

5.  Hints on TRAVELLING INDEPENDENTLY After the Trip
Guests subscribing to an “Access Package” need not read this section.

See also “Timing Your Trip” and “Service Information,” above, as either of these may additionally help.

We gladly provide travel consulting (schedule or routing information) concerning post-trip individual travel.  In particular, we have invested a great deal to become railway experts.  Our service fees are reasonable:  a 20 € charge for all but the most complex projects – or the most simple (for instance, only a 10 € charge applies if the service is limited to the preparation of a routine rail ticket).  You will generally find them well-justified by the time they will save you in research, standing on line, overpaying for your tickets, or all three.

But, for some, this type of research is fun.  So, here are some hints, intended to start off hardened “do-it-yourselfers.”

Trains.  Schedules for all routes can be consulted on this web site:

The best way to reach Madrid is via the Hotel Train.  You save a night's lodging and a travel day.

Planes.  Lisbon has surprisingly good intercontinental air service for a relatively small city.  But if you have trouble finding an affordable flight, try flying out of Madrid, which you can reach via the Hotel Train.

If you wish to arrange some or all of your travel through us, please tell us what, and we will set it up for you.

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