Spain by rail - Barcelona-Salamanca-Madrid-Toledo-Granada-Ronda-Seville-back to Barcelona

I need help with the train booking. I'd like to use the AVE whenever possible. Proposed itinerary Spain in April 2014

Arrive Barcelona Saturday - sleep Barcelona
Depart Barcelona Sunday for Salamanca - sleep Salamanca
Depart Salamanca for Madrid via Segovia - sleep Madrid
Depart Madrid for Toledo - sleep Toledo
Depart Toledo for Granada - sleep 2 nights in Granada
Depart Granada for Ronda - sleep Ronda
Depart Ronda for Seville via Arcos de la Frontera - sleep 2 nights in Seville including day trip to Cadiz
Depart Seville for Barcelona (Monday) - sleep Barcelona
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) January 22, 2014 15:51
    Hi Teresa,

    For the requested itinerary, your best option would be to purchase a Eurail Spain Pass. You can purchase the Eurail Spain Pass here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-spain-pass/index.html.

    After you add the pass to your 'Itinerary' (shopping cart), you would click 'Read More' where it says 'Check to determine if you need reservations when traveling with your rail pass'. A button that says 'Add Reservation' would then appear just below, which is what you would click to purchase any reservations.

    Generally, reservable trains in Spain can only be booked within 60 days of an intended date of departure. Since your intended travel falls outside of this time frame, you would just enter a date within the next 60 days to get an idea of the reservation costs and view schedules when searching a particular route on our website.

    If, for a particular train, it says 'Non Reservable' and 'Train Tickets Found' when you pull up the results of your search, then that train doesn't accept reservations, and the rail pass is all you would need to board. Therefore, you would not purchase reservations for that train. This would be the case for trains between Seville and Cadiz, for example.

    Also, a connection between Ronda and Seville involves changing trains in Antequera en route. I don't believe Arcos de la Frontera even has a rail station.
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    how would you travel within a city after you get off a train? Are rent-a-cars easily available at the stations?
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