Eugene Lee

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Spain rail pass vs train tickets

Can i ask:

1. Does train tickets include seat reservation costs?

2. For Spain rail pass, reservation of train seats is required? and if so, at what cost (in average)?

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Rail Europe Posted 3 years ago

Hello Eugene,

Thanks for the question.

1. Please click on the “Fare Details” tab which is below Add to Cart to view details regarding the type of fare, type of seat, whether a reservation is included or not and the After Sales Policy.

2. Keep in mind that seat reservations would be mandatory for all High-Speed, Night, Scenic and Border Crossing trains. But, you will avail pass holder/discounted fares for these journeys with the pass. With a Pass you can travel on regional/intercity trains within a country.

As fares are dynamic and subject to change, we unfortunately, cannot give fare quotations. All available fares are displayed on our website. It would be best if you check directly on our website.

May I know the cities you wish to travel to along with your travel date so that I can assist you better.

Awaiting your reply!!!

Best Regards,

Leora, Rail Europe Travel Expert.

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Hi Leora

Thank you for your reply. We will be travelling at Spain on 26 May 2017 to 10 June 2017. We will touching down at Barcelona, before moving to Madrid and Valencia and back to Barcelona. We may consider half stops between train stations to drop by other cities for a day trip. Do recommend if we should get a rail pass instead?


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Hi Eugene,

Thanks for your reply.

If you wish to travel to the above cities mentioned, you can purchase point to point tickets for your travel. However, if you wish to travel extensively to many cities, you can purchase either Eurail Spain Pass or Renfe Spain Pass depending on your Itinerary and you can compare and see which one is more convenient for you.

With a Renfe Spain Pass, seat reservation is included in the Pass hence you will need to retrieve it from the departure train station. The Renfe Spain Pass allows you to take 4, 6, 8 or 10 journeys within 1 month.

With a Eurail Spain Pass, you will need to purchase seat reservations on High-Speed and Night trains. But, you will avail pass holder/discounted fares for these journeys with the pass. With a Pass you can travel on regional/intercity trains within a country.

To purchase Renfe Spain Pass click "Here".

To purchase Eurail Spain Pass click "Here".

In order to book tickets, please visit our website.

You would need to feed in the Departure city and the Arrival city along with the travel date and preferred time & the number of passengers (Senior, adults, youth and children), and then click on “search tickets”. Once you do so, you would find the schedules along with the fares. You need to select the fare which is preferable to you and then add it to Cart. Once added, you need to mention the names of the passengers to make the payment on the next page.

To purchase seat reservations, kindly follow the above procedure by clicking on "Seat reservations" tab which is on the homepage of our website.

Hope this helps!!!

Best Regards,

Leora, Rail Europe Travel Expert.

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