Help with Train Itinerary 8 days in Madrid, Barcelona, Seville

I'm traveling to Spain in September and land in Madrid, I would like to visit both Barcelona and Seville via AVE Train, is it recommended to purchase tickets in advance? also what would be best-1st madrid to Seville or Madrid to Barcelona? what is the recommend route on train to visit all three regions.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) July 09, 2018 20:59
    Hi Helen,

    Yes, it is recommended that these tickets be purchased in advance before leaving for Europe. You can travel in any sequence you wish. There are direct AVE trains running in either direction between Barcelona and Seville. There are then direct trains from either Barcelona or Seville to Madrid.

    You would check ticket costs and purchase tickets by searching a route under 'BOOK TRAIN TICKETS' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.

    For this particular itinerary, it would probably be more economical to purchase the Eurail Spain Pass (and reservations) than regular tickets. For the Eurail Spain Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/spain-pass-5931.

    Trains between these cities do require reservations as a supplement to a Eurail Pass. You would purchase 'passholder' reservations by searching a route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating that you'll be traveling with a Eurail Spain Pass.

    AVE high-speed trains run from Madrid to Barcelona, Barcelona to Seville, and Seville back to Madrid. They also would run from Madrid to Seville, Seville to Barcelona, and Barcelona back to Madrid.

    When searching trains between Barcelona and Seville, be sure to look specifically for the direct trains.

    Generally, these trains can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.
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