Trying to book the AVE from Sevilla to Barcelona in June, but it isn't showing

Hi, I would like to make reservations for June 12th from Sevilla to Barcelona direct on the Ave. The last date I see that route available is June 11th . Will that direct route not be available after June 11th or is it possibly just not posted yet? Thank You
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 22, 2016 14:31
    Hi Maria,

    The schedules from Seville to Barcelona (AVE high-speed trains) just haven't been posted yet. Generally, trains in Spain can be booked once within 60 to 90 days of an intended departure date. However, this is the time of year when the annual 'Summer Schedule Changes' occur with some of the rail networks in Europe (including the national rail network of Spain). As a result of the Summer Schedule Changes, many trains operating after June 11th have not yet been updated into the international booking system, including the trains along the requested route from Seville to Barcelona.

    We expect the schedules for trains operating after June 11th to be released some time by mid-May at the latest (but hopefully before then), at which point you would be able to purchase the tickets. To see when they'll be able to be booked, I would recommend periodically checking the route on our site in the meantime. For right now, you can use a date some time in April or May in order to get an idea of the ticket costs and schedules.
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  • Thank you! I will keep checking . We are thinking of buying the SpainPass as we are traveling from Madrid to Sevilla to Barcelona then to Zaragoza to visit family and back to Madrid. Would that be the best pass to buy.? We would like to travel all on the AVE. Also some of us are going back to Zaragoza for 4 days after visiting Madrid and returning to Madrid to depart. Should we do all our travel with the SpainPass with 6 segments or consider a bus from Zaragoza to Madrid ? Thank you so much for all the info and feedback you provide on this forum!!
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 29, 2016 20:01
    Hi Maria,

    You're very welcome. I'm glad to hear our forum has been a help to you.

    For an itinerary like yours, I would recommend purchasing the Renfe Spain Pass. You would purchase the Renfe Spain Pass here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/renfe-spain-pass/index.html.

    The Renfe Spain Pass is unique from the Eurail Spain Pass (and most other rail passes) in that it is issued electronically (you would receive an email from us with a link to print the pass.) It is also unique in that reservation costs would be included in the cost of the pass itself. Considering that reservations are a supplementary cost to the Eurail Spain Pass, the Renfe Spain Pass generally works out to be the most economical option for multiple train trips in Spain.

    The Renfe Spain Pass is also distinguishable from other passes in that it would be purchased for 'segments', as opposed to 'travel days'. A 'segment' refers to each individual train you take (i.e. '6 Segments in 1 Month'=6 different trains in 1 month).

    Those traveling back to Zaragoza for that last trip would purchase the 6 segment option of the Renfe Spain Pass; those not traveling back to Zaragoza would just need purchase the 4 segment option.

    Even though there is no additional charge for reservations with the Renfe Spain Pass, it would still be required that you make reservations on each train. With that said, the process for making reservations is different with this pass. If you purchase the Renfe Spain Pass, you would request your reservations just by replying to an email that we send to you when the order for your pass is processed. For planning purposes, you can check the schedules for a trip by doing a search on our homepage (www.raileurope.com). Please note, you would have to type Zaragoza as 'Zaragosa' for it to be recognized by our website.

    Madrid to Seville (1 segment) - high-speed AVE or Alvia trains

    Seville to Barcelona (1 segment) - high-speed AVE trains

    Barcelona to Zaragoza (1 segment) - high-speed AVE or Alvia trains

    Zaragoza to Madrid (1 segment) - high-speed AVE trains

    Madrid to Zaragoza (1 segment) - high-speed AVE trains
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  • Hi again! We have been checking the schedules regularly and the schedule for the Sevilla to Barcelona Ave train on June. 12th just came up and it says the train is full ! ( not on your website , only on the Renfe website. RailEurope still says not available). How is that possible? We had been waiting to buy the Spain Pass until that schedule came out. Any help advice you could give would be. greatly appreciated .
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 22, 2016 21:33
    Hi Maria,

    While I wouldn't be able to account for what is stated on another website, it is still the case that the trains from Seville to Barcelona are just not able to be booked for dates after June 11th, and you can rest assured that they are not sold out.

    From our experience, the message you see on their site can be disregarded in cases such as this. Once you see the schedules display on our site, these trains will be able to be booked.
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  • Hi Jeff ,
    So the schedule we were waiting for from Sevilla to Barcelona is up and the 8:50 time is availbale. So...My sister bought passes for her family ( i was buying mine this afternoon) and recieved the confirmation email. It states the reservations can only be made 7 days prior to our departure! What? It didn't say that anywhere on your website prior to purchasing the pass. It just says " Reservations are included in the cost of the rail pass and can be requested within 60 - 90 days of your travel date." It was also not mentioned in any of your replies to me. I made the recommendation to buy the pass through you guys. We certainly don't want to wait that long to make resevations for trips that are a must especially since some trips sell out.
    Is this truly the case? I hope not! If so, I hope refund can be obtained.

    Thanks again for your help!
    Maria
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 26, 2016 21:14
      Hi Maria,

      That message isn't saying that you have to wait until 7 days before your departure; it's just saying that once you're within 7 days of your departure, it's too late to make the reservations through us. This just has to do with the fact that we're North American-based. Due to the 7 day cut-off, you would just want to be sure to request your reservations before then. Otherwise, you would have to do so locally at the stations after you get to Spain.
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  • Hi again,
    I would like to add that I read the Conditions of Use and nowhere does it state the following..."Please note reservations made through Rail Europe can only be done seven or more days prior to your North American departure date" This was copied from the confirmation email.

    If there is not a way to bypass this, then a full refund is in order, as this information should be available before purchasing.

    Thank you
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 26, 2016 21:23
    Hi Maria,

    That message isn't saying that you have to wait until 7 days before your departure; it's just saying that once you're within 7 days of your departure, it's too late to make the reservations through us. This just has to do with the fact that we're North American-based. Due to the 7 day cut-off, you would just want to be sure to request your reservations before then. Otherwise, you would have to do so locally at the stations after you get to Spain.
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  • I apologize for misreading the email and panicking!

    I hope you don't mind me asking another question.

    We have a group of 9 buying the 2nd Class Spain Pass through Rail Europe.
    Will we be able to pick our seats ahead of time and if so is there a way to get seats together/near each other?

    Thanks again for all your help and patience!
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 27, 2016 19:21
      Hi Maria,

      If you're all submitting your rail pass orders separately, but you would like your seats to be together, you would have to submit one request for all 9 passengers. Therefore, just have one person submit the reservation requests for all of you. Whoever submits the reservation requests would just need to provide the booking numbers for each passenger's order. Once again, just please be sure the reservation requests are submitted at least 7 days in advance of your departure to Europe, but preferably as soon as possible.
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