Southern Spain in 5 days. Pass or tickets for Madrid-Seville-Cordoba-Seville-Granada-Madrid?

I and my partner would like to travel from Madrid - Seville - Cordoba -Seville - Granada - Madrid between June 15 and 19, preferably by train. This is our first time in Spain. Can some one suggest the mode of travel, buying a pass or individual tickets? Will be grateful for answers.
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  • I am still awaiting over 600 euros this company took from my credit cards with no tickets, not being helpful at all. 4 weeks waiting, ruined my holiday
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 09, 2016 20:45
    Hi Shamim,

    I'm very sorry for the delay getting back to you. For the itinerary you laid out, your most economical option would be to purchase the Eurail Spain Pass. For the Eurail Spain Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-spain-pass/index.html.

    Additionally, several of the trains you'll be taking will require reservations supplemental to the 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 (i.e. the 'Eurail Spain Pass'). Generally, reservable trains in Spain can be booked once within 60 to 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    When booking passholder reservations for trains in Spain, I would 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 1 or 2 departures in the results that turn up, with regard to searches for trains in Spain.

    Madrid-Seville

    From Madrid to Seville, there are direct trains. The trains from Madrid to Seville are high-speed AVE or Alvia trains on which reservations would be required in addition to the Eurail Spain Pass.

    Seville-Cordoba

    From Seville to Cordoba, there are direct trains. Running this route are AVE trains, Avant trains, Alvia trains, and Media Distancia (MD) trains. On all of these trains, reservations would be required in addition to the Eurail Spain Pass.

    Cordoba-Granada

    The most feasible connections from Cordoba to Granada take about 2 to 2.5 hours in duration and involve changing once in Antequera en route. In fact, the segment between Antequera and Granada is currently done by bus. There was once direct trains between Cordoba and Granada, but there has been ongoing construction on the rail line outside of Granada, forcing the bus substitution between Antequera and Granada.

    The trains from Cordoba to Antequera are AVE, Avant, and Altaria trains. On all of these trains, reservations would be required in addition to the Eurail Spain Pass. If there is a particular departure you wish to reserve for this segment and you see an error message attached to it that says 'Train Tickets Found' in a light yellow box, then that particular train is not able to be reserved for passholders on our website. For a such a train, you can call us to see, and then we should be able to issue you the correct reservations. 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.

    Since the buses from Antequera to Granada are replacements for the trains that previously operated along this stretch, the Eurail Spain Pass would still be valid.

    Granada-Madrid

    When you make the trip from Granada to Madrid, you would still have to take a bus for the segment between Granada and Antequera, due to the construction. Once again, the Eurail Spain Pass is valid on these buses, as they continue to work on this rail line.

    Trains from Antequera to Madrid are high-speed AVE trains that will require reservations in addition to the Eurail Spain Pass.
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