Tom Hall, of Lonely Planet fame, answers your travel questions.

Q. Some friends and I are heading
straight from Running of the Bulls
to San Sebastian and then want to travel
to Lagos, but we are having difficulty trying to figure out how we can do this. Do you have any ideas on how to achieve this? We fly back from Lisbon.

Lucy, Hammersmith

Tom HallA. I guess you mean Lagos in Portugal and not Lagos in Nigeria, which would be considerably more difficult to reach from San Sebastian in Spain. Nigeria’s largest city is chaotic and colourful, but not the sort of place you’d head to while ticking off Spain’s offbeat, backpacker-friendly festivals.

I’m going to take
a punt you’re after the Portuguese one.

Renfe ( and CP ( are Spain
and Portugal’s rail companies and their online timetables have the answers.

Unless you go via Madrid you’re going to pass through Lisbon on your way south, the easiest way being on the night train, which leaves San Sebastian at 10pm and takes about 10 hours to reach the capital.

From there it’s easy to take another train or
bus south to Lagos. It’s under four hours from Lisbon to Faro and won’t cost more than £30.
Night train costs vary, depending on the class, but bank on spending £70 each. As the crowds around Pamplona are immense, book this service ahead at

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