How to travel from Lisbon, Portugal to Barcelona? What does Eurail Global Pass cover?

I am flying into Lisbon, and I am interested in doing the "Mediterranean Flavours" itinerary, as well as the "European Classics" itinerary. I am planning on buying the Eurail Global Pass for 15 consecutive days. I am having a hard time figuring out which railways I can take, that are included in the pass. Also, do I need to come up with a set schedule of which cities I will be in each day to make sure I have a reservation for each train?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 20, 2018 16:25
    Hi Devin,

    For information on the Eurail Global Pass, you would click here:

    The Eurail Global Pass is the pass that covers travel in 28 different European countries. It is the only pass that covers travel in that many countries. The countries included are Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Turkey. Also included are Liechtenstein and Monaco, which are considered part of Austria and France respectively (for the purpose of rail passes).

    Rail passes cover ticket costs for trains running ‘inter-city’ (between different cities) within the country or countries included on the pass.

    When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass. Reservations are required on most high-speed trains, many international routes, and all overnight trains. In much of Western Europe, most major cities are connected almost exclusively by high-speed trains. Therefore, it is likely that reservations will be required for many of your trips there. In Germany and Central European countries, reservations would be recommended on most major routes.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by searching a route on our homepage (, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’).

    Generally, rail passes do not cover metro systems in European cities (rail passes are not valid on the Paris Métro, for instance).

    Lisbon to Barcelona

    The only train from Lisbon to Spain is an overnight train called the 'Lusitania', which only runs between Lisbon and Madrid. To get from Lisbon to Barcelona, you would have to take the Lusitania night train from Lisbon to Madrid, where you would connect to a high-speed 'AVE' train to Barcelona. This would take at least about 13 hours.

    The night train from Lisbon to Madrid and the trains from Madrid to Barcelona would both require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass. To purchase the passholder reservations for this trip, you would just break up your search once in Madrid. Therefore, you would do one search to access the night train from Lisbon to Madrid and then another search for connecting trains from Madrid to Barcelona the following morning.

    When you pull up the results of these searches, you will see that the night train from Lisbon only arrives into the Madrid Chamartin station, while the trains to Barcelona only depart from the Madrid Atocha station.T o commute from Chamartin to Atocha, you would take the 'Renfe Cercanias', which is just like a local commuter train. The ride between Chamartin and Atocha only takes about 10 to 13 minutes, but you would still want to allow yourself at least 1 full hour between your arrival from Lisbon and your departure to Barcelona. You would pay to take the Cercanias locally when you’re there.

    The night train from Lisbon to Madrid carries single compartments, double compartments, 4-berth compartments, and 2nd class seats. Due to an error, it may currently be the case that our website is only able to offer one or two of these accommodation types. If you're interested in one of the accommodation types that doesn't shown after you do a search, you would have to call us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT on Saturdays.

    To view the type of compartment offered, you would click ‘Fare details’ after clicking on the fare itself.

    Generally, the night train from Lisbon to Madrid can only be reserved once within 60 days of an intended departure date, while trains from Madrid to Barcelona can be reserved within 90 days of an intended departure.
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