Madrid to Lisbon overnight in comfort...

Every night, an articulated Spanish sleeper train known as the Trenhotel Lusitania links Madrid with Lisbon.  It runs combined with the Sud Express trenhotel between Medina del Campo and Lisbon.

  Train times

  How much does it cost?

  How to buy tickets

  What is the trenhotel like?

  Travel tips:  Luggage, food & drink...

Train times...

 Madrid ► Lisbon

 

 Lisbon ► Madrid

 Days of running in 2018:

daily

 Days of running in 2018:

daily

Train name:

Lusitania

Train name:

Lusitania

 Madrid Chamartin depart:

21:43

 Lisbon Santa Apolonia depart::

21:25

 Lisbon Oriente arrive:

07:20

 Lisbon Oriente depart

21:34

 Lisbon Santa Apolonia arrive:

07:30

 Madrid Chamartin arrive

08:40

The Porto connection:  The fastest option from Madrid to Porto is to get off the trenhotel at Coimbra B or Entroncamento (where the line from Madrid to Lisbon joins the Lisbon-Porto line) and catch a northbound express to Porto Campanhγ.  But this means getting up at silly o'clock.  Personally, given the trenhotel is the same price whether booked to Coimbra or Lisbon, I'd stay in bed all the way to Lisbon then take a northbound train from Lisbon Oriente to Porto Campanhγ.

How much does it cost?

 Madrid to Lisbon

 by Lusitania trainhotel, per person

Tourist

reclining

seat

Turista

Sleeper

(4-berth)

 Preferente

 Sleeper

 Gran Clase

 Sleeper with shower & WC

2-berth

1-berth

2-berth

1-berth

 Promo fare, each way:

€25

€34

-

-

-

-

 Promo+ fare, each way:

€28

€39

-

-

-

-

 Flexible one-way fare:

€62

€86

€102

€148

€122

€181

 Children under 12 one-way:

€36

€51

€65

€89

€88

€108

 Eurail & InterRail passholders one-way:

€7.60

€30

€45

€88

€?

€?

Promo & Promo+ = limited-availability advance-purchase fares, limited or no refunds or changes to travel plans.

Passholder fares cannot be booked online.  A 1st class pass is necessary to use a Preferente or Gran Clase sleeper.

How to buy tickets...

What is the Trenhotel Lusitania like?

This Spanish trainhotel is an articulated Talgo train built in the 1980s featuring tourist class reclining seats, tourist class 4-berth sleepers, preferente class 1 & 2 berth sleepers with washbasin, gran clase 1 & 2 berth sleepers with en suite toilet & shower, and a cafe-bar.  Each carriage is much shorter and lower than a conventional railway carriage and there's just one axle - in other words, just one pair of wheels - shared between adjacent cars where carriage meets carriage.  A unique Spanish design!  The train is air-conditioned, fully-carpeted and all non-smoking.

Trainhotel arrived at Madrid Chamrtin

The trainhotel arrived at Madrid Chamartin...

Turista 4-berth sleepers...

Berths in these 4-berth compartments are sold individually, so one ticket = one bed and you share with other civilised sleeper passengers of the same gender unless you book all four berths in a compartment (when gender is then of course irrelevant).  If there are 3 of you, simply buy 4 tickets to get sole occupancy.  Known as turista cama in Spanish, these compartments have 4 comfortable beds fully made up with mattress, sheets, blankets and pillow.  The beds fold away and seats fold out for evening or morning use.  There's a washbasin, soap & towels are provided, and each passengers gets a small bottle of mineral water.  The door locks securely with a normal lock and a security catch, although tourist class compartments can only be locked from the inside.  With cheap advance-purchase fares, tourist class sleepers are the civilised economy option, they're also great for families or groups of friends.  Luggage goes on the floor or in a recess above the door which projects into the space over the corridor ceiling.

4-berth sleeper in seats mode   4-berth sleeper in night mode

A cosy 4-berth turista sleeper with beds folded away and seats folded out.

 

4-berth turista sleeper with the beds folded out.  This photo was taken through the window the morning after.

1 or 2 berth preferente sleepers with washbasin...

Preferente (1st class) sleepers are only sold as whole compartments, so unlike most European sleepers you can't buy one bed and share with another passenger.  So even if you book one ticket in a 2-berth sleeper at www.loco2.com you'll end up with a single-berth sleeper all to yourself.  These compartments have one or two berths, convertible to seats for the evening & morning parts of the journey.  The door locks securely with a hotel-style card-key lock so you can lock your room when you go to the cafe-bar.  There's a washbasin, soap & towels are provided and each passenger gets a small bottle of mineral water.  Luggage goes on the floor or in a recess above the door which projects into the space over the corridor ceiling.  Photos courtesy of Michael Walker.

Preferente sleeper in seats mode   Preferente sleeper set up as a single-berth

Compartment in daytime mode with seats folded out, looking towards door to the corridor...

 

Compartment in night mode with bed folded out, set up as single-berth.  See larger photo.

Washbasin   Toiletries   Card key lock

Washbasin in the corner by the window...

 

Toiletries are provided...

 

Card-key door lock.

Preferente sleeper corridor   Preferente sleeper in day mode

The corridor...

 

The fold-out seats...

1 or 2 berth gran clase sleepers with shower & toilet...

Gran Clase (premium 1st class) sleepers are only sold as whole compartments, so unlike most European sleepers you can't buy one bed and share with another passenger.  So even if you book one ticket in a 2-berth sleeper with shower & toilet at www.loco2.com you'll end up with a whole gran clase compartment all to yourself.  The compartments have upper & lower berths which fold away to reveal comfy seats for evening & morning use.  There's a compact toilet compartment, with WC, shower & washbasin.  Toiletries & towels are provided and there's a small bottle of mineral water for each passenger.  Luggage goes on the floor or in a recess above the door which projects into the space over the corridor ceiling.  The door locks securely with a hotel-style card-key lock so you can lock your room when you go to the cafe-bar.

Gran clase sleeper in day  mode   Gran clase sleeper set up as a single-berth sleeper   Gran clase toilet & shower

Gran clase in day mode...

 

Set up as a single-berth...

 

En suite toilet & shower...

Gran clase sleeper set up as a double sleeper   Gran clase sleeper set up as a single sleeper

Set up as 2-berth...

 

Set up as single-berth...

Cafe-bar...

The cafe bar serves beer, wine, tea, coffee, snacks & hot dishes.

Cafe-bar...   Hot dish served in the trainhotel cafe-bar

Travel tips...

Lisbon Santa Apolonia station...   Click for city map

For the city centre, you want Lisbon Santa Apolonia station, the train's terminus.  If you're heading to Faro & the Algarve, these trains start at Lisbon Oriente station so change there.  Trains from Lisbon to Porto usually leave from Santa Apolonia and also call at Oriente.

 

Lisbon's central Santa Apolonia stationPhotos courtesy of Ian Moffat.


 


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