New Year's travel in Spain

I plan to fly into Madrid on New Year's, 2014. Will I be able to take a train that same day to Seville?

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
10865 posts

Yes, trains run on a reduced schedule. New Year's Day is pretty dead in Spain.

Posted by Kelly
St Petersburg Florida
948 posts

Yes, make sure you are aware of holiday schedules. We were in Spain last year/early this year from the dates of 12/26-1/11. We were amazed by how many close calls we encountered; one episode, thinking the bus would take us to Malaga from Ronda at 10am, getting there a bit early at 9am, only to see that they were on holiday schedule on NYE. Normal schedule had a bus to Malaga frequenly, maybe hourly. if we did not catch that bus, we would have had to wait 10 hours to catch an evening bus; our problem was that we were meeting a mountain bike tour group at Malaga airport to be transported to the Sierra nEvada mountains and had to be there by a specific time for the 3 hours ride to rural Sierra Nevada spain. If we missed that bus, we would have been screwed. I did not think that they would be on holiday schedule because the holiday was the next day. But I also learned that during the Christmas and New Years time, there are many holy/saint days that are considered holidays. Beware. Do your research. If you want a discounted ticket from Madrid to Sevilla, you will buy your tickets early and you will see what time options you have. That way there will be minimal holiday surprises.