Barcelona-Toledo (via Madrid), Toledo-Seville (via Madrid), Seville-Segovia (via Madrid), Segovia-Bilbao. How many segments of the Renfe Spain Pass would that be?

Hello,

My wife and I are going to Spain soon and are thinking about a Rail Pass. Our itinerary is as follows:

20 May - Barcelona through Madrid to Toledo
23 May - Toledo through Madrid to Seville
26 May - Seville through Madrid to Segovia
28 May - Segovia to Bilbao

We will be travelling to Spain on the 10the of May. How many Journeys or Segments for the Renfe Spain Pass would that be? Would it be better to get a mix of Pass and tickets for the shorter trips? Would it be better to bet the Eurorail Spain Pass and is that still possible with our short time frame?

Thank you,

Peter
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 29, 2015 18:29
    Thank you for your question, Peter.

    The itinerary you laid out would be 7 segments on a Renfe Spain Pass. With regard to the Renfe Spain Pass, a segment refers to each individual train you would be taking (i.e. '7 Segments in 1 Month'=7 different trains in 1 month). With that said, the Renfe Spain Pass does not have an option specific for 7 segments. There is a 6 segment Renfe Spain Pass and an 8 segment Renfe Spain Pass but no 7 segment option.

    Considering this, you would have a few different options:

    - You could purchase the 8 segment option to be covered for all 7 of your segments.

    - Otherwise, you could purchase the 6 segment option and get regular tickets for one leg of your round-trip between Madrid and Toledo. With this option, you would devote the 6 segments to your trains from Barcelona to Madrid, the other remaining leg of your round-trip between Madrid and Toledo, Madrid to Seville, Seville to Madrid, Madrid to Segovia, and Segovia to Bilbao.

    - Lastly, you could purchase the 4 segment option to use for your trains from Barcelona to Madrid, Madrid to Seville, Seville to Madrid, and Segovia to Bilbao. With this option, you would purchase regular tickets for your trains from Madrid to Toledo, Toledo to Madrid, and Madrid to Segovia.

    You would purchase the Renfe Spain Pass here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/renfe-spain-pass/index.html.

    You would check costs for and purchase any regular point-to-point tickets by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage and entering the route.

    I would recommend going with one of the 3 options I mentioned above, as opposed to purchasing regular point-to-point tickets for all trips or the Eurail Spain Pass. The Renfe Spain Pass is unique from the Eurail Spain Pass and most other rail passes in that it is issued electronically (you would receive an email from us with a link to print the pass) and that reservation costs would be included. Considering that reservations would be a supplementary to the Eurail Spain Pass, the Renfe Spain Pass would generally be the most economical option for multiple train travels in Spain.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 29, 2015 19:13
    To follow-up on my response above, it appears as though the third option I listed would be your overall most economical option. Therefore, I would recommend that you purchase the 4 segment option of the Renfe Spain Pass (to use for your trains from Barcelona to Madrid, Madrid to Seville, Seville to Madrid, and Segovia to Bilbao) and regular tickets for your trains from Madrid to Toledo, Toledo to Madrid, and Madrid to Segovia.

    This would even be less expensive than purchasing the 4 day Eurail Spain Pass when you factor in the additional reservations that would be necessary.
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