a VirtualTourist member from Doha asked on May 14, 2016
I am just wondering if you can help...
We are thinking to go to Lisbon for our holiday but we want to go from Madrid. I know there is a bus, train, and rent a car option beside flying.
We are keen to do bus/train/ rent a car to have look at both Spain and Portugal. However, we don't speak Spanish or Portuguese so we want to make sure it is easy enough to go around without language problem!
Is it easy to drive in Spain to Portugal? Or is it safe to go by train/bus?
Thanks for your help!
Please see my reply to your duplicate post.
It is certainly safe, why would it not be? There is a direct train so you wont have to worry about changes. That might be the simplest, and you can at least look out the windows. I am in Portugal now and many people speak English, and they are very nice people too!
It is safe to drive between Lisbon Madrid. I did it 15 days Ago By motocicle.
By car it will take about 6 hours. 4 hours In span, with no toll and 2 h In Portugal paying toll.
You can stop on Service áreas and In english you will get what you need.
It is a easy drive.
You can also go slow on no pay Roads.
The speed permited almost all the way is 120km/h.
What do you want to see and do in Spain and Portugal? If your objectives are just Madrid and Lisbon, then plain/bus/train are easy solutions, but if you want to travel around both towns, then a rented car will be the best option. I don't know your free time and interests, but you may travel between the two cities in two different routes, one of them visiting, for instance Avila, Salamanca, Coimbra and Tomar, the other visiting Évora, Badajoz and Mérida without great detours. Furthermore, the car puts many other interesting points only minutes away from your base in both cities (Segovia, Escorial, Toledo, Sintra, Mafra, Óbidos, Batalha, and more).
Don't worry with language barriers - English is widely spoken, mainly in touristy circuits.
Car is a great idea!