Many tourists that visit Galicia, makes sure to spend a few days in Santiago de Compostela to see the cathedral and old town. Some pilgrims arrive, after finishing a long walk, with a few days to spear.
With the new hight speed trains that recently has been introduced in Galicia, it is now possible to make day trips from the town of Santiago de Compostela, and see other cities and interesting places.
One such example is a day trip from Santiago de Compostela to Ourense. This trip used to be well over one hour hours, but can now be made in 38 minutes. The train leaves from the Santiago de Compostela train station, just a 15 minute walk form the cathedral, and has a top speed of 220 km/h. 38 minutes later you arrive in beautiful Ourense with it’s rich history.
An example of a day trip would be:
- 08.30 Breakfast at your hotel in Santiago de Compostela.
- 09.00 Walk down to the train station
- 09.30 High speed train leaves for Ourense (Cost one-way: € 13,50 (february 2012))
- 10.08 High speed train arrives in Ourense
- 10.33 After a 25 minute walk, you are in front of the Cathedral of Ourense in the center of town.
This gives you the whole day to explore Ourense before the return later that night.
Some idea of what to do in Ourense might be:
You can see a map of a suggested walking tour of Ourense here:
Returning to Santiago de Compostela
There are several trains returning from Ourense to Santiago de Compostela. One at 19.00 (arriving in Santiago at 19.38, and another leaving at 20.03 arriving in Santiago de Compostela at 20.45)
All times and costs are current as of February 2012, please see www.renfe.es for updated time schedules and pricing.