Naples to Madrid with a Eurail Pass

can i take this route on Europass rail and is it over night. If so does that count for 2 days of my pass?Thankyou
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) January 23, 2017 17:20
    Hi Roger,

    A rail connection straight through from Naples to Madrid would take about 26 hours in duration and involves 4 train changes en route; once in Milan, once in Dijon, once in Montpellier, and then once in Barcelona. The segment from Milan to Dijon would be on an overnight train. This would use up 2 days of travel on a rail pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling. For this trip, you would piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Naples to Milan, another search to access the overnight train from Milan to Dijon, another search for connecting trains from Dijon to Montpellier the following morning, another search for connecting trains from Montpellier to Barcelona, and then another search for connecting trains from Barcelona to Madrid. Each of these trains does require reservations in addition to a rail pass.

    Naples to Milan

    On the segment from Naples to Milan, the trains labeled 'Italo' do not accept rail passes. Therefore, you would instead want to choose one of the 'Frecciarossa' trains for this segment, so that you'll be covered with your pass. Also, be sure to choose a train that arrives into the Centrale station, because that is the station from where the night train to Dijon departs. Generally, these trains can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended date of departure.

    Milan to Dijon

    The night train from Milan to Dijon is the 'Thello' overnight train. Generally, the 'Thello' night train can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended date of departure.

    Dijon to Montpellier

    The direct trains from Dijon to Montpellier are high-speed 'TGV' trains. Generally, these trains can be reserved within 90-120 days of an intended date of departure.

    Montpellier to Barcelona


    The direct trains from Montpellier to Barcelona are 'France-Spain High Speed' trains. Generally, these trains can be reserved within 90-120 days of an intended date of departure.

    Barcelona to Madrid

    The trains from Barcelona to Madrid are high-speed 'AVE' trains. Generally, these trains can only be reserved within 90 days of an intended date of departure.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) January 23, 2017 17:42
      Another option would involve taking the ferry from Italy to Spain. The ferry departs from the port of Civitavecchia (outside of Rome) and arrives into Barcelona.

      Any rail pass that includes both Italy and Spain would qualify you to receive a 20% discount to take this ferry. With a rail pass, you would also be able to receive a 10% for accommodation supplements on these ferries.

      To book the ferry, you would call 'Grimaldi Lines' at (+39) 081 496 444 or (+34) 902 531 333, or else by sending an email to info@grimaldi.napoli.it or reservas@grimalditour.com. To receive the discount, please be sure to include a copy of your rail pass in the email. The Grimaldi website is www.grimaldi-lines.com.

      Naples to Civitavecchia

      A connection from Naples to Civitavecchia would take about 2.5 to 3 hours and involves changing trains once in Rome en route.

      On the segment from Naples to Rome, the trains labeled 'Italo' do not accept rail passes. Therefore, you would instead want to choose one of the 'Frecciarossa', 'Frecciabianca', or 'Frecciargento' trains, so that you'll be covered with your pass. These trains do require reservations in addition to a rail pass. Generally, these trains can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended date of departure. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling.

      From Rome to Civitavecchia, the vast majority of trains are regional trains that don't accept reservations. Therefore, as long as you take one of these trains, the rail pass is all you would need to board. For planning purposes, you can view schedules for any non-reservable trains by doing a search under 'Find Train Tickets' on our homepage. Generally, when just searching for schedules for non-reservable trains, you would have to be sure the 'No' option is checked where it asks you 'Are you traveling with a rail pass?'. The regional trains would be labeled accordingly when you pull up the results of a search from Rome to Civitavecchia.

      There are also 'Frecciabianca' trains and IC (InterCity) trains on the line from Rome to Civitavecchia. If you happen to take one of these trains, you would have to purchase reservations.

      Barcelona to Madrid


      The trains from Barcelona to Madrid are high-speed 'AVE' trains. Generally, these trains can only be reserved within 90 days of an intended date of departure. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling.

      To get from the port to the rail station (the Barcelona Sants station), you would take Line 3 of the Barcelona Metro (the ‘Green Line’). After your ferry arrives, you would board the Metro at the nearby Drassanes stop and take it direct to the Sants station.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) January 27, 2017 16:27
      For time spent in Naples, you can view various city passes and tours offered by clicking here: https://www.raileurope.com/en/activities/italy/naples/

      For time spent in Madrid, you can view various city passes and tours offered by clicking here: https://www.raileurope.com/en/activities/spain/madrid/
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