Seat reservations in Spain

  • 15 April 2022
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Hi. I searched for journeys in Spain and it doesn’t leave me book seat reservations on them. Then when I click to see the option of more information it says that I can book them on the main station on Spain. And what about if I try to book them there and there is no more space in the train? 

rvdborgt 9 months ago

Spanish railways seat reservations cannot be booked online and are only available on paper. They can be booked:

  1. via Spanish railways (RENFE) at a ticket office.
  2. via RENFE phone number, with limitations, see here (scroll down to Spain).
  3. via Deutsche Bahn, at the ticket office.
  4. via Deutsche Bahn, via phone (+49 30 2970). Delivery via a DB ticket machine or via post (€ 5.90).

To book via DB, you need to look up the train number yourself. The best way is to look at www.raileurope.com, since RENFE's own website is terrible.

Also take into account that RENFE shares very little information with the rest of the world, which is why the rail planner app is very incomplete for Spain and most other timetable planners too (and which is why you need to look up the train number for DB). Rail Europe somehow managed to get RENFE long-distance trains timetables.

The good thing is that seat reservations in RENFE domestic trains are not quota-controlled, so pass holder seats are available until the train is full. It is usually enough to buy a reservation a few days in advance.

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Spanish railways seat reservations cannot be booked online and are only available on paper. They can be booked:

  1. via Spanish railways (RENFE) at a ticket office.
  2. via RENFE phone number, with limitations, see here (scroll down to Spain).
  3. via Deutsche Bahn, at the ticket office.
  4. via Deutsche Bahn, via phone (+49 30 2970). Delivery via a DB ticket machine or via post (€ 5.90).

To book via DB, you need to look up the train number yourself. The best way is to look at www.raileurope.com, since RENFE's own website is terrible.

Also take into account that RENFE shares very little information with the rest of the world, which is why the rail planner app is very incomplete for Spain and most other timetable planners too (and which is why you need to look up the train number for DB). Rail Europe somehow managed to get RENFE long-distance trains timetables.

The good thing is that seat reservations in RENFE domestic trains are not quota-controlled, so pass holder seats are available until the train is full. It is usually enough to buy a reservation a few days in advance.

But how do I book the seats with my interrail pass in those pages? I will have to pay the whole price of the journey instead of just the seat reservation

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But how do I book the seats with my interrail pass in those pages? I will have to pay the whole price of the journey instead of just the seat reservation

Please read what I wrote: "cannot be booked online”

Is it a paper reservation that you get?

 

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Yes

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