If we purchase a Eurail Select Pass, do we have to pay reservation fees on high-speed trains? If so, what would be the fee from Malaga to Madrid & Madrid to Barcelona?

If my wife and I purchase 2 eurail select passes and want to use the high speed train would we have to pay an additional reservation fee? If so, can give me an idea of what the fee would be from Malaga to Madrid and from Madrid to Barcelona?
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  • Hi Richard,

    A rail pass just covers the ticket costs on trains. 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 Spain, most major cities are connected almost exclusively by high-speed trains. Therefore, it is likely that reservations would be required for many of your trips there. Trains from Malaga to Madrid and Madrid to Barcelona are high-speed AVE trains that do require reservations.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would check reservation costs and 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.

    As a workaround for an error on our website, when booking passholder reservations for trains in Spain, I would also recommend that you choose the specific hour for each set of departures you wish to view. For example, if you want to view trains departing during the 1 o'clock hour, adjust your preferred departure time specifically to '01 pm' rather than keeping it at '08 am' and clicking the 'Later Trains' button to view more options. This is because, due to an error, our website will only display the actual 'passholder' rates (reservations) for the first 4 or 5 departures in the results that turn up, with regard to searches for trains in Spain.

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