Confused with reservation fee for Eurail Spain pass

I am quite confused with reservation fees. We as a family of four (2 adults and 2 children: age 5 and 8) are planning to travel to Madrid, Toledo, Cordoba, Alhambra ending in Barcelona by train in ten days. We are interested in Eurail Spain pass, for there is no additional cost for children. My question is how much it is for each reservation fee and whether we need to pay reservation fee for children. We would like to take night train from Barcelona. Does this pass cover the fee and how much is the reservation fee ? Thank you so much !
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 29, 2017 20:50
    Hi,

    When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to the Eurail Spain Pass. Reservation costs still apply to the children, even though there is no cost for them on the actual rail pass.

    Madrid to Toledo

    Trains from Madrid to Toledo are Avant trains. 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.

    To purchase regular tickets from Madrid to Toledo, you would click the 'Find Train Tickets' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) and enter the route. When purchasing regular tickets, you would also just have to be sure the 'No' option is checked where it asks you 'Are you traveling with a rail pass?'. Generally, trains in Spain can be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    Madrid to Cordoba

    Most trains from Madrid to Cordoba are high-speed AVE trains, although there are also some Alvia and Altaria. These trains all do require reservations as a supplement to the Eurail Spain Pass.

    For travel with the rail pass, you would check reservation costs and purchase reservations for a direct train from Madrid to Cordoba by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. the 'Eurail Spain Pass'). Generally, trains in Spain can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    Cordoba to Granada (the Alhambra)

    Due to the construction on the rail line leading into Granada, the connection from Cordoba to Granada would involve taking a train from Cordoba to Antequera, where you would switch to a replacement bus that will take you into Granada.

    Trains from Cordoba to Antequera are either AVE, Avant, or Altaria trains. These trains do require reservations as a supplement to the Eurail Spain Pass.

    Rest assured, the Eurail Spain Pass is valid on the buses from Antequera to Granada, since these buses serve as replacements for the trains that previously operated along this stretch. There is no additional reservation cost for these buses between Antequera and Granada. The buses are meant to connect up right from the trains arriving, so you will have no difficulty finding it.

    For travel with the rail pass, you would check reservation costs and purchase reservations for a train from Cordoba to Antequera by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. the 'Eurail Spain Pass'). Generally, trains in Spain can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    Granada to Barcelona

    A connection from Granada to Barcelona would involve taking that same bus back to Antequera, where you would switch to the train that will take you to Barcelona. Once again, there is no additional reservation cost for these buses between Granada and Antequera.

    Direct trains from Antequera to Barcelona are high-speed AVE trains, which do require reservations as a supplement to the Eurail Spain Pass.

    For travel with the rail pass, you would check reservation costs and purchase reservations for a train from Antequera to Barcelona by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. the 'Eurail Spain Pass'). Generally, trains in Spain can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.
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    I am also traveling as a family of four, traveling on a four country pass (including Spain). When I try to reserve, each leg of our trip is costing us $160+ to reserve! This is after we bought a rail pass!!! Unless I am doing something wrong, the rail pass is a complete scame.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) May 10, 2017 21:12
      Hi Tamara,

      A rail pass just covers ticket costs on trains. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass. If you were to purchase regular point-to-point tickets (instead of a rail pass), the value of any necessary reservations would still be embedded into those costs. Therefore, a rail pass still can often work out to be the most economical option for travelers taking multiple trains while in Europe.

      You would just want to be sure to consider and factor in any reservation fees when determining the total cost of going with the option of purchasing a rail pass.

      Reservations are required on most high-speed trains, many international routes, and all overnight trains. In Western Europe, most major cities are connected almost exclusively by high-speed trains. Therefore, it is likely that reservations would be required for many of your trips there. For travel with a rail pass, you would check reservation costs and 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.

      Generally, most reservable trains in Europe can only be booked once within 60, 90, or 120 days of an intended departure date.
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