Trying to book the Granada to Barcelona night train

We're trying to book the night train from Granada to Barcelona on Oct. 23, 2015. It keeps saying it can't find a schedule for this day. So we tried searching for Sep. 2, 2015 just to get an idea of price and it said it wasn't available then either. Are we missing something? Can we buy night train tickets for Oct. 23, 2015 at this time? Or do we have to wait until we're in Spain to buy night train tickets?
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  • Hi Erin.

    The national rail network of Spain has recently ceased selling tickets for the night train from Granada to Barcelona and removed it from various schedule sources. It may be that they've discontinued this service, be it permanently or just temporarily. If we're able to find out more, I'll post an update. I apologize for any inconvenience.

    In the meantime, there are daytime connections from Granada to Barcelona via Antequera, taking about 7.5 hours in duration. Currently, the national rail network of Spain is working to make upgrades on the rail line outside of Granada, so that there will be faster service between Granada and other cities. Until it's completed, they are running buses in place of train service for the segment between Granada to Antequera. The buses to Antequera depart right from the rail station in Granada, and we are able to issue tickets valid for these buses.

    You would check schedules and purchase tickets by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) and entering the route. For a trip from Granada to Barcelona, you would piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment. Also, for Antequera to be recognized by our website, you would have to type it as 'Antequera Sta.ANA'. Therefore, you would do one search for the segment from 'Granada' to 'Antequera Sta.ANA' and then another search for connecting trains from 'Antequera Sta.ANA' to 'Barcelona'.

    The trains from Antequera to Barcelona are high-speed 'AVE' trains.
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  • Thanks, Jeff!

    Also one additional question. We want to travel by train from Madrid to Seville, Seville to Granada and Barcelona back to Madrid. We were going to get either the Eurail Pass or the Renfe pass. Which one would you recommend?

    And do we need to make specific reservations for each of those legs of the trip, regardless of the pass we choose? Thank you for your help!
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  • You're welcome, Erin.

    Instead of purchasing regular point-to-point tickets or the 'Eurail Spain Pass', the most economical option for your itinerary would be the 'Renfe Spain Pass'.

    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. '4 Segments in 1 Month'=4 different trains in 1 month).

    You would purchase the 'Renfe Spain Pass' here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/renfe-spain-pass/index.html.

    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 either by calling us (we can be reached at 1-800-622-8600) or by replying to an email that we send you when the order for your pass is processed.

    To provide for faster service between Granada and other cities, the national rail network of Spain is currently working to upgrade the rail line outside of Granada. Until this construction is completed, they are running buses in place of train service for the segment between Granada and Antequera. The 'Renfe Spain Pass' is valid on these buses and would require the use of a 'segment'. The buses depart right from the rail station in Granada. In Antequera, you would board your train that will take you up to Barcelona. Therefore, a trip from Granada to Barcelona (via Antequera) would account for 2 'segments' on a 'Renfe Spain Pass'.

    Including trains from Madrid to Seville, Seville to Granada, and Barcelona to Madrid; that would equal a total of 5 'segments' required on your 'Renfe Spain Pass'. However, the 'Renfe Spain Pass' doesn't actually have an option for 5 'segments'. Instead, there is a 4 'segment' option and a '6' option', but the difference in cost between the 4 'segment' option and the 6 'segment' option is much greater than the cost of a regular ticket for the bus from Granada to Antequera. Considering that fact, it would be most economical for you to purchase the 4 'segment' option of the 'Renfe Spain Pass' in combination with a separate ticket for the bus from Granada to Antequera.

    You would purchase tickets for the bus from Granada to Antequera by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) and entering the route. Since you would not be using your 'Renfe Spain Pass' for this particular segment, you would not indicate that you'll be traveling with any type of pass when you're prompted. In order to purchase the tickets, you would also have to type 'Antequera' as 'Antequera Sta.ANA'. Therefore, the search you would do would be from 'Granada' to 'Antequera Sta.ANA'.

    Trains from Madrid to Seville are high-speed 'AVE' or 'Alvia' trains.

    Trains from Seville to Granada are 'Media Distancia' (MD) trains.

    Trains from Antequera to Barcelona are high-speed 'AVE' trains.

    Trains from Barcelona to Madrid are high-speed 'AVE' trains.
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  • One more question - we bought our Renfe pass. When we make our train reservations, do we reserve actual seats as well? Or do we just choose seats when we get on the train? My boyfriend and I each bought a Renfe pass and we'd like to sit together.
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  • Hi Erin.

    Seats are assigned when you make the reservation. I had mentioned that you would request your reservations by emailing us or calling us; however, it is actually best that you send us an email with your specific reservation requests. If you and your boyfriend submitted separate orders for your respective passes, you would just want to reference his booking number when you send us the email. That way, when we receive your email, we would be able to book your seats together on the requested trains.
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  • Hi, we are planning on a similar journey in April 2017. We are arriving into Madrid,
    Then going to Seville, Granada and finally to Barcelona.
    Considering this thread is over a year old, would someone as helpful as Jeff please advice on the way to go about this and do let us know if a night train has resumed
    Alternatively would it be cheaper to take a private cab of sorts for all these destination. We are 3-4 girlfriends traveling
    Please advice
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    • Hi Jeff, we are taking the same routes as these ladies, me and my sister, on April 16, 2019.
      Are the rails from Granada ok by now? Or is it stil gonna be Granada to Antequera to Barcelona?
      Kindly reply ASAP, as l am booking right this week.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) March 07, 2019 16:03
      Hi May,

      The construction has still not been completed, so you this travel would still involve taking the bus from Granada to Antequera. In Antequera, you would be able to board a direct train to Barcelona.
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