Jane Ahern

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seat booking fees

why does price show as $57 for a family eurail pass seat booking when site clearly says "Free booking fees for Eurostar tickets and Eurail passes"?

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Rail Europe Posted 4 years ago

Hello Jane,

Thanks for your question.

All High-Speed, Cross Border, Night, Scenic trains require mandatory reservations. The Eurostar being a High-Speed border crossing train would require reservations with a pass as well.

Best Regards,

Anthony, Rail Europe Travel Expert.

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Hi Anthony,

I was about to book a Spain Pass and have done a search on RENFE trains for about 5 various point to point prices and times. I am still not sure what the advantage is of having a Eurail pass.

Will there a booking fee charged for these with the Eurail pass also on RENFE and AVE if I but the pass?

And will the ticket prices be any cheaper or are these set prices?



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Hello Annalouise,

Thanks for your reply.

You would have to reserve seats with an extra price on the Eurail Spain Pass. With the Renfe Spain Pass the reservations are included however you would have to book your seats which would have to be done locally. There are no extra charges applied on the Renfe Spain Pass. However, the Eurail Spain Pass would give you travel as per day and the Renfe Spain Pass would give you travel as per journeys.

To give you an example, if you have more than a single journey a day the Eurail Spain Pass would be better. With the Renfe Spain Pass it would count on the journeys you take within a day. Example, say your traveling from Barcelona to Madrid and then from Madrid to Toledo within the same day, it would consist of 2 journeys within the same day.

Hope this helps!!!

Best Regards,

Anthony, Rail Europe Travel Expert.

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