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AVE train Christmas Day Spain

I am planning a trip to Spain over Christmas week. Does the AVE train run from Madrid to Seville on Christmas Day? The train schedule is not yet available, and probably won't be until a month or two before our trip. Thank you!!

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I cannot see why not, they have all previous years. The schedules should appear on the RENFe site not less than 60 days before.

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I am sure that some trains will be running. We spent Christmas in Seville four years ago and it was absolutely dead on Christmas day. I would be more concerned about find a taxi after I got off the train. Or places to eat, etc. Anyway to avoid traveling on that day?

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Thank you. I had wanted to travel on Christmas Day because I know it will be a "down" day with not much to do, so why not use it for traveling? You are right, though, I do not want to be in a situation where I can't get a taxi. Are there taxi services in Spain where I can arrange this ahead of time, as I could if I were in the US?

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It's Seville, the third biggest city in Spain. There will be taxis outside the station.

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Not just taxis - it is everything. The place shuts down except for the cathedral. We saw only two restaurants that we open - both associated with hotels. Recognize that it is a dead day for travel but the distance from Madrid to Seville is relatively short.

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Does everything reopen in Seville on December 26? Is that considered a holiday as well (in London, many attractions are closed on Dec 26)?

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More things were open but don't remember if all of the retails stores were open. Neil, is your advice offered from experience in Seville on Christmas day or just an assumption of what should be?

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I'm wondering if you're thinking of December 25th or January 6th? Spain celebrates on Jan 6th, the Epiphany or "Three Kings Day".

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Frank - it is an assumption based on arriving in Granada on Boxing Day (although not a public holiday in Spain) a few years ago, the rank having about a dozen taxis. And thirty odd years of travelling Spain for between two and seven weeks a year, most years and seeing how it works. There are many train arrivals a day at Santa Justa, I strongly doubt all the taxi drivers normally there will be with their families on Christmas Day and ignoring the wage, but if peace of mind is required, google and arm with taxi numbers or arrange a (more expensive)private transfer.

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Thank you to all who responded for your very helpful information! I will talk to the concierge at my hotel (any suggestions on hotels?) about the phone number of a taxi service as a back up. We will be 6 people, so we will need more than one taxi. My impression from what I've read is that Christmas Eve is when absolutely everything closes down in Spain, and by midday Christmas Day, a few restaurants may start to open and things aren't as "quiet." How accurate is this?