Spain Renfe Pass and Pricing

Questions:
1. Can you book on speed trains?
2. I noticed that on the RENFE website the tourist pass for an adult is $163 euros.
The price listed on rail europe for the same pass is $225 US. Why is this price higher than today's exchange rate...shouldn't it be $193 US?
3. If I am purchasing with a card that doesn't have a foreign transaction fee will I still be charged $225 US?

Please clarify. Thank you.
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  • 1. I have no idea what you intend with this question.
    You can only travel AVE (the highest speed) and other categories of train by purchasing a ticket with an allocated seat.

    2. A pass purchased from the national rail carrier RENFE is not the same as any pass purchased from Rail Europe or any other agency and cannot be compared in this way.

    3. !?
    How can whatever card or method of payment be related to the purchase price of any item in this way.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) January 12, 2015 21:53
    Hi Adria,

    As we are a separate vendor from the actual rail networks, we have our own rates and are not able to account for what the cost of a pass or ticket would be if purchased locally in Europe. These costs can vary and are subject to market pricing. In some cases, they may be higher but, in other cases, they may be lower. At any moment, a particular train operator in Europe can substantially increase their rates for their own purposes.

    Any additional costs would be quoted to you during the checkout process before submitting the order. If you'd like to verify costs shown on our website for a particular pass, you would have to call us at 1-800-622-8600, as we are not able to provide or verify prices through this forum.
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