I have a Global 4 day pass and will be travelling from Amsterdam to Barcelona on July 16th or 17th. I am trying to reserve seats, but there seem to be problems in doing so. The booking tool mentions that prices are unavailable; however, it says this same thing for months ahead, so that is why I wonder if there are no trains available, or whether there is something else preventing me from reserving seats. I want to book as soon as possible, to ensure I can still reserve the seat :)
Any help is highly appreciated!
Best answer by rvdborgtView original
Thank you so much! This has been incredibly helpful. I just called SNCF and have booked my ticket from Brussels to Paris and from Paris to Barcelona. Have a great day!
The direct Thalys Amsterdam - Valence (- Marseille) does not have passholder seats.
On 16 July, there are only 2 Thalys trains Amsterdam - Paris left with passholder seats:
Both are too late to reach Barcelona the same day. The 15:12 Paris - Barcelona (21:54) does have pass holder seats though (34€). No luck from Antwerp but there are seats on a number of trains from Brussels:
You could use the normal IC to Brussels (arrival 9:16 or 10:16) and then book one of these Thalys trains (25€).
You can book the Thalys online via Interrail (2€ booking fee), the TGV Paris-Barcelona also, but Interrail can issue it on paper only so that makes for an extra 9€ postage fee on top of the reservation and the 2€ booking fee. Alternatively, book both trains by phone via SNCF (press #85 for English): no booking fees or postage fees and reservations are sent via e-mail.
Another option is via Lille. TGVs Lille - Paris are still at 10€ but you need to change a few times, so it's best to leave early:
Lille - Paris 10€, Paris - Barcelona 34€. Booking options same as above.
If you want to book this TGV Paris - Barcelona, don't hesitate. It will sell out well in advance.
(On Sunday, you can get to Paris early enough but the TGV Paris (15:12) - Barcelona doesn't have passholder seats anymore. The useful TGV from Brussel-Zuid at 10:17 to Valence doesn't have any passholder seats left on either day.)
Thanks for your reply! I am very open to any way to travel on 16th or 17th of July, so could be different routes or times. I for example saw some that have a transfer in Paris, and others in Valence TGV. So I am sort of flexible, the only thing that is 100% sure is that it should be from Amsterdam (train station does not matter) to Barcelona Sants on these dates.
An option would for example be:
Schiphol Airport - Valence TGV: 16th of July, 7:34-13:01
Valence TGV - Barcelona Sants: 16th of July 15:11-19:32
I am not sure that is enough information? Thanks again!
Please post for each train you'd like to book: origin, destination, date, departure time.