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1) How can I find out
how to get from A to B ?
Trains - check RENFE's site here. Online booking in
Cars - check Spain's official
traffic site here
Itineraries - check http://www.mappy.com
You may also
like to check out this
Transport information compiled by one of the list subscribers.
2) Can I book train
tickets in advance ?
Available in English here.
You can also book over the
phone by calling RENFE on (+34) 902-24 02 02 or buy tickets at one of the main train
stations (e.g. Atocha in Madrid).
If you reserve your ticket by
phone, RENFE gives you a reservation number and you have 48 hours to to collect the ticket
at any of the major train stations. After 48 hours, the reservation is automatically
3) I want to rent a
car, but I'm worried about insurance
Almost all car rental
companies offer insurance as part of the rental, but may charge extra. Check with that
particular company when you go to rent. Many credit card companies also offer car
insurance if you use their card to pay for the rental. However, please check carefully
with your credit card company, since you could be covered only for collision
insurance and may have to take out additional liability insurance before renting a car in
about specific places
1) Granada - can I
book tickets for the Alhambra in advance ?
Yes. You book to enter the
Palacio Nazaríes part of the Alhambra, since other areas - El Alcázar and the Generalife
gardens - are included in the entrance fee and do not suffer entrance restrictions.
can book in several ways :-
- via Internet, at
- in person at the Alhambra
ticket office, situated at the east end of the complex.
- by phone, calling Alhambra
administration on (+34) 958-220-912
- in person at any BBVA (a
Spanish bank) office, including those in Paris, London, Milan and New York.
- by phone, calling the BBVA
ticketline on (+34) 91 346 59 36 from outside Spain and on 902-22-44-60 once you're
If you book using the BBVA,
they will give you a reservation number which you use to pick up your tickets at any
branch throughout Spain.
2) Madrid - can I book
tickets for the museums in advance ?
In a way, yes. Madrid's Avenue of Art
consists of the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen museums. you can buy an
"Abono Paseo del Arte", a special voucher allowing you to visit all of these 3
first class art museums once at any time during the year.
You may also purchase a "Tarjeta anual
múltiple" f - this allows you to visit these 3 museums as many times
as you want during 1 year. Purchase these vouchers at any of Madrid's major museum ticket
3) Any city - do you have any
hotel/restaurant recommendations ?
The best thing to do here is send a
detailed question directly to the list. We have received many recommendations in the past,
much too numerous to include here. You could also search past archives at http://groups.google.com/group/travelspain/.
For hotels, you might like to check out one of the list members
Spain accommodation recommendations from his travels in Summer 2006.
Questions about Spain
1) Are travellers'
cheques accepted ? What about credit cards ?
Generally speaking travellers
cheques will not be accepted in Spain. While it will be possible to change traveller's
cheques in banks and possibly some of the larger hotels, the best idea is to bring your
credit cards, an ATM card or exchange money before you leave for Spain. Credit cards are
universally accepted in hotels, restaurants, gas/petrol stations, etc. A bank debit card
will normally give you better exchange rates than a credit card, but
please check with your bank first. Cash and small change
will be needed for bars and daily necessities.
2) So are ATM's
generally available in Spain ?
Absolutely - there are
hundreds of them throughout the country. At airports, major shopping centres and outside
bank offices. Major ATM card companies include VISA, AMEX, Mastercard, Cirrus, 4B,
Maestro, Plus, etc.
Spanish ATM cards use a
4-digit PIN code but it has been reported that 6-digit PIN codes used in other countries
will also work - please check with your bank.
3) I don't know any
Spanish - will I be able get by with just speaking English ?
To a large extent, yes.
English is spoken in the larger hotels, restaurants and stores. You will need to practice
a bit of Spanish in smaller bars, shops and cafeterias. Most Spaniards will make the
effort to understand if you at least make the effort to try to say the odd word in their
language. Castillian Spanish is spoken throughout Spain, even in those regions with their
own idiom (e.g. Galicia, Basque Country, Catalonia, etc.). Where all else fails, use sign
language as a last resort.
4) I have many more
questions about X, Y and Z ....
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