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Travel from Switzerland glacier express to Spain

  • 29 November 2023
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Hello. Im looking to travel from Switzerland to Spain. Is there any route you recommend? Is possible to do that route or to difficult being my first time traveling by train in Europe. Im pretty new on this. Thanks! 

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Best answer by thibcabe 29 November 2023, 00:42

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Where in Spain?

The most obvious route would be first to Geneva, then by French TER to Lyon, then pick up a high speed train towards Perpignan and Barcelona.

You can see timetables on Bahn.com (better to search for smaller parts of the journey, one by one).

You can also travel by fast train to Paris, then a sleeper train to the border.

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Are you planning to get the Eurail pass ? Seat reservations on high-speed trains in France, Spain and Italy (mainly) must be booked separately (and cost extra). This limits your flexibility as some trains must be booked quite in advance.

Totally agree with ralderton's post.

The AVE between Lyon and Barcelona is very convenient, I used it last year. Unfortunately you cannot get online reservations for it (for now!) so your alternatives :

- buy a regular ticket in advance

- speak to staff on the platform and buy a 10€ reservation (apparently it works)

There are other routes but they take quite longer.

Questions welcome.

About the Glacier Express : the special panorama train requires a 49 CHF reservation (very popular so book in advance). You can also travel on reservation-free hourly regional trains on the same route. :)

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Re the Glacier Express - isn’t just the special panorama coaches that need a reservation - the carriages at either end of the panorama ones are reservation-free I believe.

 

About the Glacier Express : the special panorama train requires a 49 CHF reservation (very popular so book in advance). You can also travel on reservation-free hourly regional trains on the same route. :)

 

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Sorry, my mistake. My comment above refers to the Bernina Express.

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