I am planning a trip to Spain and Portugal for my next big birthday and I was going to make it a road trip, but I have had some friends advise against it and have suggested trains instead. I'll be traveling solo at this stage and plan to go for approximately 1 month. Has anyone got pros and cons on train vs car travel?
I rented a car in Portugal for two weeks during high summer last year and it was fantastic! So much more flexible and free than taking the trains. It gave me the freedom to explore loads of coastline, the beautiful wine regions, and the mountain villages. Just be careful of the really narrow roads in the mountains! Start or finish your trip in the cities without the car because you don't need it in Porto and Lisbon. If you are on a tight budget, be careful of the highways because the tolls can add up quickly. There was too much to see in Portugal, I didn't even make it to Spain. almost 2 years ago
In Spain I would take the train. They have a great public transit system. It is cheap, fast and comfortable. In Portugal, they do not, so a car drive would be great. Plus it was cheaper to rent a car in Portugal. I trained all over Spain, took public transport to Portugal in the southern region, rented a car and drove up to Lisbon. It was wonderful! I ran out of time so had to return, but if you have enough time, go further north.
Renting a car in Spain can be expensive, be very careful of their insurance requirements. Get an international drivers license before you go. 11 months ago