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What trains from Milan or Rome to Barcelona are feasible with a Eurail Global Pass?

We like to book a Night train to go from Milan - Itlay to Barcelona Spain using our Eurail Pass in May 2015.. We can't find any train schedule / info, even if we stay over in Nice France or any other station on the way .... Please advise the best way!
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) December 31, 2014 16:12
    Hi Ravi,

    There are no overnight connections from Milan or Rome to Barcelona.

    A connection from Milan to Barcelona would be during the day, taking about 12 to 13.5 hours in duration and involving 2 train changes en route; once in Chambery and then once in either Valence or Lyon.

    A connection from Rome to Barcelona would also be during the day, taking 14.5 hours in duration and involving 3 train changes en route; once in Turin, once in Chambery, and then once in Valence.

    If you wish to stop in Nice along the way (or somewhere else along the French Riviera), you would be going a different route altogether, and you would have to continue on to Barcelona on a different day.

    A Eurail Global Pass (or any rail pass that includes Italy, France, and Spain) does cover these connections.

    With regard to a connection from Milan to Barcelona - The trains from Milan to Chambery (high-speed 'France-Italy TGV' trains) and Valence to Barcelona or Lyon to Barcelona (both 'France-Spain High Speed' trains) would require reservations in addition to a rail pass. Trains from Chambery to Valence or Chambery to Lyon are both regional 'TER' trains that don't accept reservations, so a rail pass is all that would be needed to board.

    With regard to a connection from Rome to Barcelona - The trains from Rome to Turin (a high-speed 'Frecciarossa' train from Rome to Turin is the one that fits into this particular connection), Turin to Chambery (a high-speed 'France-Italy TGV' train), and Valence to Barcelona (a 'France-Spain High Speed' train) would all require reservations in addition to a rail pass. Once again, trains from Chambery to Valence are regional 'TER' trains that don't accept reservations, so a rail pass is all that would be needed to board.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage, entering the cities and then indicating the type of rail pass you'll be traveling with when you're prompted. For trips such as these, you would just piece together your connection by doing a separate search for each segment. For the non-reservable segment from Chambery to either Valence or Lyon; however, you would just view schedules by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage (instead of 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations') and not indicate that you'll be traveling with any type of rail pass (since you wouldn't actually be purchasing reservations for this segment).

    When you pull up the results of your search for the segment from Rome to Turin, it may only reflect the Porta Nuova station (labeled as 'Torino P.N.') as the station of arrival in Turin for the Frecciarossa train, while the trains from Turin to Chambery only depart from the Porta Susa station. Rest assured, the Frecciarossa train from Rome to Turin does stop at the Porta Susa station just about 13 minutes or so before it is shown to be arriving into the Porta Nuova station on our site. Therefore, you can just get off the train at the Porta Susa station in order to catch your connecting train up to Chambery.

    The reservable trains that comprise of these connections can only be booked once within 90 days of an intended date of departure. If your intended travel happens to fall outside of this time frame, you would just enter an earlier date, within the next 90 days, to get an idea of the reservation costs and view schedules when searching these trains on our site.
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  • Jeff - Thanks a bunch.

    I think we will take Ryanai air flight to Spain Barcelona from Rome and then I
    assume we can still use the Global Eurail Pass in Spain from Barcelona to Madrid which is the last leg of our tour .... Please confirm. Thanks

    Ravi
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) January 02, 2015 17:41
    Yes, the Eurail Global Pass is valid in Spain, so it would cover the ticket costs for your train from Barcelona to Madrid. The trains from Barcelona to Madrid are high-speed 'AVE' trains that would just require reservations in addition to the pass.

    For travel with the pass, you would purchase reservations on a train from Barcelona to Madrid 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. Generally, the trains from Barcelona to Madrid can only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure.
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