San Sebastian/Donastia to Barcelona Sants - Renfe vs RailEurope

  • 17 June 2022
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Hi there,


We were looking to travel on Monday 11 July from San Sebastian/Donastia to Barcelona Sants on Alvia #533. We just got into Spain to book seat reservations.


We can find the availability on for full price tickets ( but on the renfe website, it says Tren completo which I'm assuming it's full. We also went to the ticket office and they said full train too. 


Can anyone explain why we can see and buy tickets on if the Renfe website and the office lady says it's full? 


Also does anyone have any suggestions on how we can get to Barcelona from San Sebastian if the direct train is full? I can see the ones with the changes in Vitoria, but hoping we can get in earlier than 9.35pm... 






Best answer by mcadv 17 June 2022, 17:38

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First old lesson of using computers: can only get out what someone has ever bothered to put in. There are now loads of sites after sites that do not get the immediate status-it should go without saying that RENFE is the very 1st to know and have the latest facts. It takes time-and in ESpana it all goes slowly slow. It is a very common exprience for nearly all passholders in ES and be prepared that it will hit you more times too. In ES always have a plan B ready.

Ha thanks for that. We weren't sure if it was a glitch or what, but makes sense that info is slow to trickle out to other sites.