What is the best way from Nice to Barcelona using rail?

I did a fare/schedule search and the results are telling me that I'll end up in Figueras instead of Barcelona. Is there a more direct way?
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  • There is not a direct train route from Nice to Barcelona. The best route actually involves three trains: Nice to Montpellier, Montpellier to Figueras and finally Figueras to Barcelona. To access and process on the website you first enter Nice to Figueras and then Figueras to Barcelona separately.
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  • Thanks! Do any of those trains require reservations (how would I find that out)?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) October 23, 2012 14:56
    Hi Diana,

    Yes, each of the trains comprising of the connection from Nice to Barcelona would require reservations. If a particular train requires reservations, then the reservation is automatically included with any ticket purchase for that train, and the ticket would generally not be able to be used for any train other than the train the ticket was booked for.

    You can view whether or not a reservation is included for a particular train by clicking on the 'View' link listed with the fares when you pull up the initial results of your schedule search. For most trains that require reservations, tickets called 'combined tickets' are sold, meaning the reservation is included in the same document as the ticket, and the ticket would not be able to be used for any other train. For such trains, it would mention the reservation under one of the bullet-points where it says '1st Class Seat' or '2nd Class Seat' right after clicking 'View' for a fare.

    If you'll be traveling with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for these trains by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on the homepage of our website (instead of the 'Find Fares & Schedules' option, which is for regular point-to-point tickets).

    Trains from Nice to Montpellier and Montpellier to Figueras can 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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