Train travel in Europe
Posted on Jun 27, 2013 by
I am going to Spain in October after a cruise (Barcelona to Barcelona) with my sisters, including Helen in Ottawa.
I had thought of buying a train pass for Spain but I decided that I might not get my money`s worth. Some trains (the high-speed AVE) need reservations which are additional fees on top of the rail pass price. In the south where we will be spending the majority of our time, buses are a better bet (more frequent, similar journey times, cheaper) than trains.
We were able to book two trains online through RENFE (the Spanish train compnay) at a 60 per cent web discount - Barcelona to Madrid and Madrid to Cordoba. There is a little bit of art to this. Tickets are discounted only at a certain period. For example, I looked at the fares for Madrid to Cordoba over a couple of weeks and one day, bingo, the web fares were there. BTW, we have e-tickets with reserved seats (included in the price). Slower non-AVE seats don`t go on sale as early as the high speed trains.
I also found The Man in Seat 61`s advice about moving through the RENFE site invaluable.
Does anyone have other advice about buying train tickets on European trains.