Does the Eurail France-Spain Pass cover trains from Paris to Figueres? How does that work?

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I will be traveling from Paris to Figueres and then some light travel further into Spain (Barcelona and Madrid). I was wondering if I buy the Select 2 country pass, can I use it to supplement some of the cost of the TGV to figueres. Also, how would this work? I understand that a pass has to be activated by a rail official, but I'd like to plan ahead and reserve a seat. Does the select pass even reduce the cost of the TGV or do I need to book that separately? Thanks
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 11, 2012 19:14
    Hi,

    A rail pass covers the ticket costs for trains between different cities in the country or countries included on the pass. Reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass, just as they would be embedded into the cost of individual point-to-point tickets, and they are required on most high-speed trains in Europe (all high-speed trains in France and Spain), many international routes, and all overnight trains. Within France and Spain most major cities are connected almost exclusively by high-speed trains. Therefore, it is very likely that reservations will be required for many of your trips in these countries.

    Reservations would be required on the train from Paris to Figueres, the connecting high-speed trains from Figueres to Barcelona and the trains from Barcelona to Madrid.

    Throughout most of Europe, the standard reservation fee would be about $11 or $12 per person USD, though this fee can be slightly higher on the trains operating within Spain.

    You would check reservation costs and make reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage, entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass you'll be traveling with when you're prompted (i.e. the Eurail France-Spain Pass).

    Trains from Paris to Figueres ('France-Spain High Speed' trains) can be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure, while trains from Figueres to Barcelona ('Avant' trains and high-speed 'AVE' trains) and from Barcelona to Madrid (high-speed 'AVE' trains) can only be booked within 60 to 90 days of an intended date of departure.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 11, 2012 19:15
    To compare your options, you would then add the cost of the reservations for each trip to the cost of the Eurail France-Spain Pass.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) January 27, 2015 17:01
      To ensure that you're being quoted reservations for the France-Spain High Speed train from Paris to Figueres at the actual Passholder rate, you would take the following steps:

      1.) Click on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage, enter the route, and indicate the type of pass you'll be traveling with when you're prompted (i.e. 'Eurail France-Spain Pass').

      2.) Locate one of the direct France-Spain High Speed trains from Paris to Figueres and click the 'View' button for the fare listed under your preferred class of service ('Comfort' for 1st class and 'Economy' for 2nd class).

      3.) After you've clicked 'View', you would refer to where it says 'Ticket Flexibility' in the box that expands out underneath and click 'Read More' next to the option(s) listed there until you see fare named 'France - Spain High Speed Passholder' or something similar. Generally, the Passholder rate for these trains would be found under the 'Flexible' option.

      4.) Be sure the Passholder option is checked and click 'Select' to proceed and add the fare to your 'Itinerary' (shopping cart).
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  • So with the rail pass, I have to pay a reservation fee (11-12+) for each leg of the trip. This also applies to the TGV?

    Whereas without the rail pass, I would have to buy individual tickets for each leg of the trip.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 13, 2012 14:56
    You're correct, though the reservation fees are higher than that on the high-speed trains in Spain. On the TGV trains in France, the reservation fees should be more like the standard reservation fees on trains throughout most of Europe ($11 or $12 per person USD).

    Also, throughout Europe, the reservation costs on day trains are generally the same in both 1st and 2nd class. However, in Spain, the reservation costs for passholders can be higher in 1st class than in 2nd class.

    To get an idea, you can check the reservation costs for a particular route by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on the homepage of our website, entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass you'll be traveling with when you're prompted.
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  • Hello,

    I was wondering for my last leg of the journey, Madrid to Paris with the Elipsos train @ 6 pm - 9 am. Does that count as one day or two days of travel? I spoke with a representative over the phone about this and she said it was one, but I'm really worried after reading the FAQ about leaving after 7pm and arriving before 4 am to count as one day of travel.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 16, 2012 15:08
    Since the the night train from Madrid to Paris departs prior to 7:00 PM, it would use up 2 days of rail travel on your pass to take this train. Therefore, you would want to take this into account when you determine how many days to put on your pass. I apologize if you were misinformed when you called us.
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