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Help with train travel in Spain, Italy and France
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ok, so I will be arriving in Barcelona on May 22. This is my second time going to Europe, but the first time I used a rail pass. I have done some research and have decided that it will be cheaper to do point-to-point tickets for this trip. This is my itinerary:

Barcelona – 3 nights
Madrid- 3 nights
San Sebastian- 2 nights
Southern France (not sure where yet!)- 2 nights
Cinque Terre- 2 nights

I have researched the renfe website, and it looks like the trip from Barcelona to Madrid is 51 euro if I purchase from the website. Does anyone know if it would be even cheaper to purchase these tickets in Spain once I arrive? Then the trip from Madrid to San Sebastian is 21 euro if purchase from the site. These prices sound pretty good to me, and I don’t want to pass them up. However, I have read in some of these forums that sometimes tickets are cheaper once you are in the country itself, but I don’t know if this is the case in Spain like it is in Italy. Also, does anyone recommend a website for the tickets into France and Italy? The German website that everyone recommends is not giving me prices. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

I am traveling for 12 days
Barcelona, Madrid, Donostia, Arles, Genoa
Requesting help with Transport, Itinerary, Nightlife, Sights
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The prices once you get there will almost certainly be the same or more expensive than what you’re finding on the RENFE website now. When people say the tickets will be cheaper when you get there they are talking about buying them there vs. buying them from websites that sell to travellers outside of Europe, not from the websites of the national rail services themselves. Booking tickets from Spain to France online is through the TGV Europe website and was a really frustrating experience for me.

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This was exactly what I was wanting to know, thanks! The TGV website IS kind of a pain….

I am traveling for 12 days
Barcelona, Madrid, Donostia, Arles, Genoa
Requesting help with Transport, Itinerary, Nightlife, Sights