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Eurocope France - With a France Rail Pass, but I want to to go from Bordeaux to Madrid.

Thinking on buying a France rails pass...but, i want to go to madrid for two days from Bordeaux
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 02, 2016 21:06
    Hi Fernando,

    For the France Rail Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/france-pass/index.html.

    The most feasible connections from Bordeaux to Madrid would take at least about 9 hours in duration and involve 2 train changes en route; once in Irun and then once in Palencia.

    Even though Irun is just across the border in Spain, your France Rail Pass would be valid to cover the train from Bordeaux to Irun. This train is a TGV train that would just require reservations in addition to the pass. For travel with the pass, you would purchase reservations for a train from Bordeaux to Irun by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the cities, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. the 'France Rail Pass').

    For your connecting trains from Irun to Palencia and Palencia to Madrid, you would then just have to purchase regular tickets (since the France Rail Pass is not valid on these trains).

    To purchase regular tickets for these trains, you would enter the cities under 'Find Train Tickets' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) and click 'No' where it asks "Are you traveling with a rail pass?". For the option I described, you would just have to piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search for the segment from Irun to Palencia and another search for the segment from Palencia to Madrid.

    Trains from Irun to Palencia are MD (Media Distancia) trains, and trains from Palencia to Madrid are either MD (Media Distancia) trains or high-speed AVE trains.
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