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From Barcelona to Paris to Amsterdam
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I’m trying to calculate travel costs and was wondering how much it costs to get a train from barcelona to paris and paris to amsterdam? and whether it’d just be better get the Eurail Global Pass Youth ($447)?

I am leaving from Nashville, TN with $4000 for 16 days
Madrid, Bordeaux, Paris, Amsterdam, Munich
Requesting help with Transport, Hostels, Budget, Itinerary, Nightlife, Food, Sights
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The night train from Barcelona to Paris can be a bit complicated. 2nd class fares range from 70 to almost 180 Euros depending upon when you book, age, etc. The supplement for a passholder is 69 euros.

Booking this train online is a complete pain in the a** because you have to book through the TGV website and it is a horrible site. Complicating things further is that you cannot just print your tickets at home, you have to pick them up at a station in Europe. If you choose the option to pick them up in Spain it says you have to get them at a TGV office in Spain; the only office listed is in Madrid. It seems that you should be able to get them at any train station, but I don’t know if I’d take the chance. It may be less hassle to just pay extra for not booking in advance and just buy the ticket in Barcleona once you get there. On the other hand, there are good budget flight options for this route, so consider Vueling, Easyjet, or Click Air directly from Barcelona, or Ryan Air from Girona to Beauvais (outside of Barcleona & Paris).

Here’s my adventure with booking the Barcleona-Paris train for a trip back in December:
I booked through the TGV website, which took several attempts, and if I remember correctly it was so much easier to just use the French version of the site. It listed options for two or four people to a tourist class cabin on the Trenhotel Joan Miro (a special night train). I booked two two-person cabins (costing more than four to a cabin) and got on the train to find that they had double booked my inlaws’ cabin – we had a reservation stating it was just the two of them, a French family of four had reservations for the same cabin. The conductor said there was no such thing as two people to a tourist-class cabin and my inlaws had to share with my wife and I since the rest of the train was booked solid. The conductor said he could do nothing about a refund and we’d have to ask at the station once we got to Paris. Once there I was sent from one window to another, and another, and finally was finally given an address in Madrid to where I was to send a letter and copies of all tickets, reservations, etc. if I wanted a refund. I never bothered.

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Oops, I forgot. With your itinerary a railpass makes no sense.

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I agree that a Global Eurail pass won’t be worth it, but a French railpass or a France/Benelux pass might save enough on the French part of the trip to Barcelona and on the Thalys ticket to Amsterdam to be worth the cost.

Have you looked for a cheap flight from Paris to Barcelona and from Barcelona to Amsterdam?