Are trains to certain cities in Spain not covered by the rail pass?

Hello, I am interested in using a Eurail Spain pass to travel throughout the country, but I was wondering if there are certain routes the rail pass doesn't cover? When I typed in my stops it doesn't look like the rail pass would save me any money to travel from Barcelona to Miranda de Ebro, or to travel from Miranda de Ebro to Madrid. Why is this?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) January 09, 2014 19:13
    Hi Claire,

    If the schedules for a particular route don't display on our website, that doesn't mean it would not be covered by rail pass. A rail pass covers the ticket costs on trains between different cities in the country or countries included on the pass. The Eurail Spain does cover the ticket costs for the trains from Barcelona to Miranda de Ebro and Miranda de Ebro to Madrid.

    When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass (considering that any costs for needed reservations would be factored into the cost of individual point-to-point tickets, a rail pass still often works out to be the most economical option for travelers taking multiple trains while in Europe that cover more substantial distances.)

    Throughout Europe, reservations are required on all night trains, many international routes, and most high-speed trains. In Spain, most major cities are connected almost exclusively by high-speed trains. Therefore, it is likely that reservations will be required for many of your trips there. For instance, the trains from Barcelona to Miranda de Ebro and Miranda de Ebro to Madrid both would require reservations in addition to a rail pass.

    After you add the Eurail Spain Pass to your 'Itinerary' (shopping cart), you would click 'Add a Trip' or 'Continue Shopping' where it says 'Want to add more items to your Itinerary?'. This would take you back to the homepage where you would click on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' to purchase your reservations. To browse reservation costs and schedules beforehand, you would just click on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' directly from our homepage.

    Generally, trains in Spain can only be booked within 60 days of an intended date of departure. If your intended travel falls outside of this time frame, you would just enter a date within the next 60 days to get an idea of the reservation costs and view schedules when searching the route on our website.

    If you don't end up purchasing the Eurail Spain Pass, you can just purchase regular tickets for trains from Barcelona to Miranda de Ebro and Miranda de Ebro to Madrid by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on the homepage of our website, instead of 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations'.
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