AVE Trains - Are They Included In Eurail Spain Pass? Barcelona-Madrid, Madrid-Segovia roundtrip, Madrid-Toledo roundtrip, Madrid-Cordoba, Cordoba-Granada, and Granada-Seville?

We are visiting Spain in November and want to take the AVE from Barcelona to Madrid, Madrid-Segovia, Segovia-Madrid, Madrid-Toledo, Toledo-Madrid, Madrid Cordova, Cordova-Granada, Granada-Seville, all over the course of 6 days. Are the AVE trains included in the Eurail Spain Pass? If so, do I need to pay extra for each reservation?Thanks!
1 person has
this question
+1
Reply
  • Jeff (Official Rep) October 03, 2016 17:54
    Hi Don,

    Yes, travel between all of the requested cities would be covered by the Eurail Spain Pass, including the AVE trains. Reservations are an additional cost and are required on all AVE trains, as well as Avant, Alvia, and Altaria trains.

    You would purchase the Eurail Spain Pass here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-spain-pass/index.html.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Spain Pass').

    Due to an error on our site, when booking passholder reservations for trains in Spain, I would also recommend that you choose the specific hour for each set of departures you wish to view. For example, if you want to view trains departing during the 1 o'clock hour, adjust your preferred departure time specifically to '01 pm' rather than keeping it at '08 am' and clicking the 'Later Trains' button to view more options. This is because, due to an error, our website will only display the actual 'passholder' rates (reservations) for the first 4 or 5 departures in the results that turn up, with regard to searches for trains in Spain.

    Barcelona to Madrid

    Trains from Barcelona to Madrid are AVE trains, so reservations they do require reservations in addition to the rail pass.

    Madrid-Segovia round-trip

    From Madrid to Segovia, there are Avant and Alvia trains. These trains depart out of the Madrid Chamartin station and the ride to Segovia only takes about 30 minutes. These trains do require reservations, but the ride is so short that it would not be worth expending a 'travel day' on your pass for this trip. Therefore, I would recommend that you purchase regular point-to-point tickets for this part of your trip.

    To purchase regular tickets (as opposed to 'passholder reservations'), you would click 'Find Train Tickets' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), enter the route, and click 'No' where it asks "Are you traveling with a rail pass?".

    Madrid-Toledo round-trip

    From Madrid to Toledo, there are Avant trains. These trains depart out of the Madrid Atocha station and the ride to Toledo also only takes about 30 minutes. Just like with the trip between Madrid and Segovia, these trains do require reservations, but the ride is so short that it would not be worth expending a 'travel day' on your pass for this trip. With that being the case, I would recommend that you purchase regular point-to-point tickets for this part of your trip, as well.

    Once again, you would purchase regular tickets by clicking 'Find Train Tickets' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the route, and clicking 'No' where it asks "Are you traveling with a rail pass?".

    Madrid to Cordoba

    From Madrid to Cordoba, there are AVE, Alvia, or Altaria trains that all depart out of the Madrid Atocha station. These trains do require reservations in addition to your rail pass.

    Cordoba to Granada

    A connection from Cordoba to Granada involves taking a train from Cordoba to Antequera, where you would switch to a bus that would take you to Granada.

    There were direct trains between Cordoba and Granada, but there has been ongoing construction on the rail line outside of Granada, forcing the bus substitution between Antequera and Granada. The rail pass is valid on the buses from Antequera to Granada, since these are replacements for the trains that previously operated along this stretch.

    Trains from Cordoba to Antequera are AVE, Avant, or Altaria trains. These trains do require reservations in addition to your rail pass. Therefore, you would just do your search from 'Cordoba' to 'Antequera' when you go to purchase reservations for this segment. Note: You may have to type Antequera as 'Antequera Sta.Ana' for the results to display.

    Granada to Seville

    To get from Granada to Seville, you would take the bus back to Antequera, where you would board your train to Seville.

    Trains from Antequera to Seville are AVE, Avant, and MD (Media Distancia) that would all require reservations in addition to a rail pass. Therefore, you would just do your search from 'Antequera' to 'Seville' when you go to purchase reservations for this segment. Note: You may have to type Antequera as 'Antequera Sta.Ana' for the results to display.

    ________________________________________________________________

    Note: If you purchase regular tickets for your Madrid-Segovia and Madrid-Toledo round-trips, then you would just need to purchase the 4 day option of the Eurail Spain Pass.
  • (some HTML allowed)
    How does this make you feel?
    Add Image
    I'm

    e.g. indifferent, undecided, unconcerned kidding, amused, unsure, silly sad, anxious, confused, frustrated happy, confident, thankful, excited