Renfe Spain Pass for Sitges-Granada, Granada-Seville, & Seville-Madrid?

Hi: We want to travel from Sitges to Granada on 9/23 and then from Granada to Seville after 3-4 days, and lastly from Seville to Madrid after another 3-4 days. Should we buy a Renfe train pass for 4 or 6 segments? Will we have to change trains, or are there direct trains? Can I order it online today, or should I go to the train station and directly buy the pass?
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  • Hello.

    With regard to your specific itinerary, it would actually be more economical to purchase the 'Eurail Spain Pass' than the 'Renfe Spain Pass', even when you factor in the reservation costs.

    While reservations are included in the cost of the 'Renfe Spain Pass', this pass is sold based on 'travel segments', not 'travel days'; and a connection from Sitges to Granada alone would be 4 'travel segments' on a 'Renfe Spain Pass', as opposed to just 1 'travel day' on a 'Eurail Spain Pass'. That means you would have to make sure to have 4 segments to devote to only 1 trip, which would add to the cost of that pass.

    If you were to purchase a 'Renfe Spain Pass' for the itinerary you described, you would need to purchase it for 6 segments (also including the train from Granada to Seville and the train from Seville to Madrid, which are both direct trains). In contrast, if you purchase the 'Eurail Spain Spain Pass', you would only need to purchase it for 3 'travel days' (one for the trip from Sitges to Granada, one for the trip from Granada to Seville, and one for the trip from Seville to Madrid).

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

    At this time, there is even a promotion for this pass that would give you 1 extra travel day for no additional cost. Therefore, if you wish, you would be able to use the pass to make one other side-trip. To receive this promotion, the 'Eurail Spain Pass' would just have to purchased by December 31st of 2015 and your travel would have to be completed by March 31st of 2016.

    As I alluded to above, a connection from Sitges to Granada would consist of 4 segments, which would include a train from Sitges to Barcelona, a train from Barcelona to Madrid, a train from Madrid to Antequera, and a bus from Antequera to Granada. Generally, there would be direct trains from Madrid to Granada, but there has been ongoing construction to upgrade the rail lines between these cities. Of the trains that comprise of this connection, reservations would only be required on the train from Barcelona to Madrid (high-speed 'AVE' trains) and the train from Madrid to Antequera (high-speed 'AVE' or 'Altaria' trains). The 'Eurail Spain Pass' by itself would be all you'd need to board a train from Sitges to Barcelona and the bus from Antequera to Granada.

    The trains from Granada to Seville are 'Media Distancia' (MD) trains that require reservations in addition to the pass.

    The trains from Seville to Madrid (high-speed 'AVE' or 'Alvia' trains) require reservations in addition to the rail pass.

    You would purchase reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering a route, and indicating that you'll be traveling with a 'Eurail Spain Pass'. Once again, you would only purchase reservations for the trains from Barcelona to Madrid, Madrid to Antequera, and Seville to Madrid. Generally, reservable trains in Spain can only be booked once within 60 to 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    For planning purposes, you can check schedules for the buses from Antequera to Granada and the trains from Granada to Seville by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' (instead of 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations') on our homepage and entering the routes. Since you wouldn't be purchasing actual reservations for these segments and your objective would just be to view schedules, you would not indicate that you'll be traveling with any type of rail pass when entering your search criteria.

    Additionally, when searching schedules for the buses from Antequera to Granada, you would actually have to type 'Antequera' as 'Antequera Sta.ANA' (when purchasing reservations for a train from Madrid to Antequera, you would still just type 'Antequera'.)

    Schedules for the trains from Sitges to Barcelona are not able to be viewed on our website. Therefore, if you'd like to inquire about the schedules for this segment of your trip from Sitges to Granada, you would have to call us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 7:30 PM CT Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT on Saturdays.
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