Train from Italy to Spain (Barcelona)

I just received my 5 Country Eurail Select Pass and am planning on traveling through Europe this summer. My pass includes travel in Benelux, Germany, Austria, Italy and Spain. Since Spain was an option for a"neighboring country" to Italy, I thought that there would be train services directly from Italy to Spain. However, when I was looking over the timetables, I did not see any trains that would apply to my pass. Most of the trains stop in France, which is not one of my selected countries. Are there any trains I could take to get from Italy to Spain using my pass? Also there is mention of a night train from Milan to Barcelona, but I cannot find it... Any help is greatly appreciated, thanks!
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  • Hi Justin,

    There are no direct trains from Italy to Spain.

    You can take a ferry from Civitavecchia to Barcelona and use the rail pass to purchase a discounted ticket. You can view the information on our website www.raileurope.com under 'Travel Bonuses' once you have pulled up the Eurail Select Pass or by using the following link: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticket... .

    What is the route you are planning on taking by rail from Italy to Spain?
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  • Thanks for the reply Felicia. My group and I have not decided on our exact route. We just know that we will be traveling from Rome to Barcelona. We had seen that there was an overnight train from Milan to Barcelona, but it is no longer running, so we are still looking. Is there any way we can use our rail passes to book a trip from Rome to Barcelona, without having to purchase an additional train ticket? Thanks.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 15, 2013 19:47
    Hi Justin,

    If you do not have Switzerland and France included on your rail pass, then you would not be able to travel all the way from Rome to Barcelona by rail without having to purchase additional tickets.

    A rail connection from Rome to Barcelona takes at least 21 hours in duration and involves at least 4 train changes along the way; once in Milan, once in Geneva, once in Valence, and then once in Figueras (the segment from Rome to Milan would be on an overnight train.) Therefore, if your pass does not include Switzerland and France, you would only be covered on the night train from Rome to Milan and the train from Figueras to Barcelona. These trans would just require reservations in addition to your pass. You would purchase these resevations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.

    Even though your pass doesn't include Switzerland, you would be able to purchase your tickets from Milan to Geneva at what is known as a 'Passholder 2' rate. The Passholder 2 rate is a special rate offered on certain trains, created to allow passengers in possession of a rail pass that doesn't include one of the countries being traveled through for a particular route, to still take the train at a discounted cost. To ensure you are purchasing the tickets at a Passholder 2 rate for the train from Milan to Geneva you would take the following steps:

    1.) You would do a search for the individual train under 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' and indicate the type of pass you are traveling with when prompted (you would just type 'Eurail Select Pass').

    2.) You would then locate a direct train and click on 'View' listed with the costs that are shown for your preferred train.

    3.) After you've clicked on 'Select', you would then refer to where it says 'Ticket Flexibility'. Underneath 'Ticket Flexibility', you may see 3 options: 'Non Flexible', 'Semi Flexible' and 'Fully Flexible. You would click 'Read More' next to each of these options until you see the fare titled 'Trenitalia International Train Passholder 2'. Generally, the Passholder 2 rate would be found under the 'Semi Flexible' option or 'Fully Flexible' option.

    4.) Be sure the option with 'Passholder 2' in its name is checked (i.e. 'Trenitalia International Trains Passholder 2'), and then click 'Select' to proceed and add it to your shopping cart.

    You would then purchase regular tickets for your train from Geneva to Valence and Valence to Figueras. You would purchase regular point-to-point tickets for these two segments by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage, instead of 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations'.

    Trains from Rome to Milan, Milan to Geneva, Geneva to Valence, and Valence to Figueras can all be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure, while trains from Figueras to Barcelona can only be booked within 60 days of an intended date of departure.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 15, 2013 19:51
    Italy and Spain are able to be considered adjoining countries on a rail pass, because of the ferry connection between Civitavecchia (the port just outside of Rome) and Barcelona alluded in Felicia's response above.

    The ferry from Civitavecchia to Barcelona is operated by Grimalidi Lines and runs daily, except Sundays (in the Summer, this service does operate on Sundays as well). With the Eurail Select Pass, you would be able to receive a 20% discount to take this ferry. To book your tickets for this ferry, you would go to the website for Grimaldi Lines, www.grimaldlines.com. Since you'll be traveling with a rail pass that includes both Italy and Spain, you would fill out the form there titled 'EURAIL INTERRAIL' in order to receive the discount. The phone number for Grimaldi Lines is +39 081 496 444, and their contact email is info@grimaldi.napoli.it.
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