With so many interesting and beautiful cities to visit all within one diverse country, it’s no surprise that Spain comes in at number three on the list of most visited countries in the world. And one of the best parts of visiting or living in Barcelona is being able to easily travel anywhere you want to go in the country. Whether you want to visit the cosmopolitan capital in Madrid, head down south for a flamenco show in Sevilla, or eat pintxos in the Basque Country, one of the best ways to get there from Barcelona is by train. With an expansive network of railways in Sain, train travel within the country is easy, fast, and dependable. So to help get you started planning your next Spanish adventure, here’s a guide to train travel in Spain.
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The Red Nacional de los Ferrocarriles Españoles or RENFE is the Spanish rail system that runs all over the country. It’s easy to buy single or roundtrip train tickets on their website, but they also offer packages specifically for travelers. People with permanent residence outside of Spain can choose from train passes for 4, 6, 8, 0r 10 train journeys anywhere in Spain within one month. On the website, they even suggest ideas for routes and cities of interest to make the most out of your train pass. This can be an economical option for those planning on traveling between many cities in Spain and can customize their train pass to fit their needs.
Rail Europe also offers the Eurail Spain Pass for traveling within the country. With this option, you can choose from either 3, 4, 5, or 8 days to travel within a one month period. You can choose to use your travel days consecutively or not and take as many trips as you want in one day. You can also choose from first or second class travel passes to suit your budget best. They offer a discount for travelers under 27 years old, groups of 2-5 people, and up to two children between the ages of 4-11 ride free with each adult passenger. It should be noted, however, that the Eurail pass is printed as a paper document and must be sent to buyers prior to departure, so be sure to get it well in advance.
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GoEuro is a great website for comparing transportation prices. You simply enter your destination and dates in the search boxes, and you’ll see a direct price comparison of train tickets, flights, and even driving costs according to the average price of gasoline at the time. If you select the train travel option, you’ll then see a comparison of prices according to the time of departure and whether or not the train is high-speed.
No matter which option you choose, train travel in Spain is fast and easy. You can always buy tickets a day or two before departure for long trips, or even at the train station before leaving for shorter ones. Just do a little research on each option beforehand and you will find a great option to fit your Spain travel plans.