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Madrid-Seville-Barcelona-Avignon-Paris. Please specify station names I need to book for Barcelona to Avignon & Avignon to Paris

We plan to visit Madrid, Seville, Barcelona, Avignon and end in Paris (May 26-June 10). We plan to purchase a Eurail pass (for 2) @ $360 each which covers 8 days of travel. Will we be able to use the pass for the entire trip or do some of the train connections not accept the Eurail pass? My special concern is the trip from Barcelona to Avignon. Then getting back on the train to head to Paris. Please specify the station names I need to book, or transfer at.

When in Avignon, how do I get back to the fast train going to Paris? What stations do I connect to and what station do I go to in Paris (We'll be staying near the Arc d'Triumph if that makes a difference)?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) February 16, 2016 16:01
    Hi Walter,

    For the itinerary you laid out, you would purchase a 'Eurail Select Pass' for 2 countries. The Eurail Select Passes are purchased here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html.

    There is a direct train from Barcelona to Avignon, but most options would have you changing trains once in Valence en route. The ride on the direct train only takes about 4 hours, while the options involving a train change in Valence take 5.5 to 6.5 hours in duration. These trains would all require reservations in addition to a rail pass.

    For travel with a 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 the type of pass you'll be traveling with (i.e. a 'Eurail Two Country Select Pass).

    Generally, you would not type out the station names when you enter the cities you're searching, as any station name wouldn't display until you pull up the results of a search. With that said, Avignon is an exception. When searching trains from Barcelona or Valence to Avignon, you would want to be sure to type 'Avignon TGV' in the field for the arrival city (instead of just 'Avignon'). The train from Barcelona Avignon and the trains from Valence to Avignon all arrive into the TGV station in Avignon.

    Therefore, to access the direct train from Barcelona to Avignon, you would do your search from 'Barcelona' to 'Avignon TGV'. For options involving a train change in Valence, you may have to piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from 'Barcelona' to 'Valence' and another search for connecting trains from 'Valence' to 'Avignon TGV'. The station in Barcelona won't display until you pull up the results of these searches. All trains from Barcelona to Avignon or Valence depart from the Sants station, which is the main station in Barcelona.

    The direct train from Barcelona to Avignon TGV is a 'France-Spain High Speed' train, as are trains from Barcelona to Valence. Trains from Valence to Avignon are 'TGV' trains.

    The trains from Avignon to Paris will also require reservations and depart from the Avignon TGV station. Therefore, when booking reservations for this segment, you would do your search from 'Avignon TGV' to 'Paris'. All trains from Avignon TGV to Paris arrive into the Gare de Lyon (station) in Paris. This won't display until you pull up the results of your search.

    Generally, the trains from Barcelona to Avignon TGV and Barcelona to Valence can be reserved within 120 days of an intended departure, while the trains from Valence to Avignon TGV and Avignon TGV to Paris can only be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    Going back to the part of your itinerary in Spain, reservations would also be required on all trains between Madrid, Seville, and Barcelona. Once again, the station names won't display until you pull up the results of your searches for these routes, so you would just type the city names. The trains between these cities are high-speed 'AVE' trains.

    Generally, these trains can only be reserved once within 60 to 90 days of an intended date of departure.
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  • Thank you for your excellent, detailed email. We have worked out our travel schedule in detail including hotels and times of departure. We do indeed prefer the direct high speed trains. Today I will purchase the two-country 8-day-Plus one free-day Europass at $360 each.

    Two questions: Can I make the reservations at the same time? And once I do, will they be permanently booked? Or will I have to "confirm" them when I get to the cities?

    Also, I finally found the timetable from Avignon to Paris and it showed the train going first to Gare de Lyon station and then onto a second stop at Auber near the Arc d'Triumph, which is closer to our hotel. Is this truly a second stop or just a separate connection not covered by the Europass?

    Thank you again for all your help.

    Walter
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) February 17, 2016 20:13
    Hi Walter,

    Sorry for not getting back to you yesterday. It is recommended that you purchase your reservations in the same order as your rail pass. This way, everything would be issued together in the same order, and you would avoid being charged any unnecessary shipping/processing fees that might otherwise apply. Also, the passholder rates (reservations) can sell out very quickly with regard to the specific routes you'll be traveling, so it is recommended that you have the reservations purchased as soon as you can. Once the order you submit to us is processed, your reservations will be confirmed.

    I'm not sure which timetable you're looking at, but the TGV trains from Avignon to Paris only arrive into the Gare de Lyon (station) in Paris. These trains do not continue on to any other stations in Paris. 'Auber' is a stop of the RER network, which is a local commuter line in the Paris metro area. If you need to get to Auber, you would hop on Line A of the RER and just take it a couple stops over. The ride on the RER from Gare de Lyon to Auber would only take about 6 minutes. Since the RER is just a commuter line for the Paris metro area, it would not be covered with your pass. You would pay to ride the RER locally at the turnstiles in the station before boarding.
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