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Transportation To/From Ronda

For September, I would like to get from Granada to Ronda by train and from Ronda to Seville by bus. There seems to be mixed info about construction at the Granada station and on the train line to Ronda. Should I go ahead and purchase a train ticket as Rail Europe still shows trains on that route? The Renfe site did not work for me. From Ronda to Seville by bus shows a timetable on the Los Amarillos and Portilla website but I cannot seem to purchase a ticket. Any ideas welcome. Thank you.

Posted by
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I would be leery of buying a Spanish train ticket except on the official Renfe site. They are working on improving the tracks into Granada and it's likely that the work will not be completed before the end of September. I understand that the train goes as far as Antequera, from there Renfe provides buses to Granada.

Posted by
984 posts

Until at the earliest October, the train journey from Granada to Ronda will be a combination bus to Antequera Santa Ana and change to train.
You are unwise looking at inaccurate information, scheduling and the prices of RailEurope.
I have no idea why the RENFE website would not work for you, try another browser. Unless you mean some part of the process would not progress in which case I suggest perseverance. If still failing I recommend the user friendly www.loco2.com an agency with little mark up compared to others.
You are too far ahead for purchase of these bus tickets/these companies, I will be surprised if you can do so for any more than a couple of weeks ahead.

Posted by
62 posts

Thanks to you both. Valuable information, especially about being too early for bus tickets.

Posted by
15477 posts

I don't understand "too early for bus tickets." I haven't taken buses, but especially since the train service is disrupted, they may get booked up too.

In 2013 I had no trouble using my American credit card on the Renfe site. This year it would not work, so I used the PayPal payment option. It was worth the small commission to get cheaper tickets.

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Chani - and your not understanding - I refer to the OP's specific on Ronda to Seville.

Posted by
5158 posts

Cris,

We may be following the same route as you on our trip to Andalucía this October.

Did you decide to travel via train or bus from Granada => Ronda?

Posted by
984 posts

Priscilla -
I do not see where Cris had a query on such a bus journey.
The bus journey is a two bus journey via Malaga and near twice the time as the present combination RENFE train/bus journey I clarified above.

Posted by
32107 posts

Cris,

As someone else mentioned, forget using the Rail Europe site as it's not really very useful.

I briefly checked the bahn.de website, and they show trains from Granada to Ronda, with the direct trains having a travel time of 2.5 - 3 hours. The bahn website normally shows flags to indicate any abnormalities in service (I used a date of 18 September), and there were none indicated.

For the trip from Ronda to Sevilla, the bahn website shows trains departing at fairly regular intervals, most with one change. For example, you could use a departure at 13:36, arriving 16:10 (time 2H:34M, one change at Antequera-Santa Ana). Again, no flags were indicated.

I found this timetable for Buses from Ronda to various other parts of Spain, but I just glanced over it as I'm a bit short of time......

http://www.turismoderonda.es/informacion/pdf/horarioautobuses.pdf

I had trouble finding information on the Renfe site and don't have time at the moment to figure it out.

I'd suggest using the train unless it's badly disrupted by maintenance.

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Ken and 'The bahn website normally shows flags to indicate any abnormalities in service' - but not, as he says, in the Granada to Ronda instance. There is no denying bahn's website worth but the first recourse is to look to the train operator's website.

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32107 posts

Neil,

My intent was to provide a general idea of the transportation options to Ronda as requested by the OP. I also provided a link to Buses, in case that was desired.

I've always found the bahn.de website quite reliable with flags for abnormalities in service, but have noticed at times that it seems less reliable with rail systems in Spain. In any case, I always found that rail operators usually arrange for alternative transportation around any sections on which work is in progress.

"but the first recourse is to look to the train operator's website."

As I mentioned in my post, I did try to double-check the bahn.de information on the RENFE website but had some trouble with the site. As I also mentioned, I didn't have time when I posted to deal with the problematic RENFE website (I was just heading out the door to an appointment).

Posted by
62 posts

Everyone has been so helpful. It took a long time but I finally was able to get the Renfe site to work for me and purchased a train ticket between Granada and Ronda. Hooray! The trouble now is buying a bus ticket from Ronda to Sevilla. The bus schedules show on the websites but when you actually go to buy a ticket they say they have no service from Ronda, not even listing it as a city on a pull down menu. I've tried all the bus lines and quite a few of the Ronda travel/tourism sites as well - spending a lot of time. The train is a good option but leaves only in the afternoon, getting into Sevilla quite late, thereby wasting a day. I'm about to give up unless anyone has an idea. Thank you.

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5158 posts

Cris,

The bus schedules show on the websites but when you actually go to buy a ticket they say they have no service from Ronda, not even listing it as a city on a pull down menu. I've tried all the bus lines and quite a few of the Ronda travel/tourism sites as well - spending a lot of time.

I've had the same problem... but wait!

I just looked up Los Amarillos bus schedules here & was able to find information only till August 28: https://regular.sinfe.net/venta/inicio?locale=en

Make sure you select SEVILLA PRADO S.S. from the drop down menu.

When I enter a September date, I get this message:

Venta anticipada todavía no disponible para la fecha seleccionada
Translation: Presale not yet available for the selected date

So, it appears that one is not able to purchase bus tickets so far in advance.

We've decided not to travel to Ronda on this trip, so good luck & enjoy your trip!

Posted by
15477 posts

What Neil wrote (and I missed on the first read :-)

You are too far ahead for purchase of these bus tickets/these companies, I will be surprised if you can do so for any more than a couple of weeks ahead.