We have a Spain Rail pass and are planning to take train from Toulouse, FR to Girona, SP. Apparently the pass wouldn't be good in France, so should we take the train to the first station into Spain, paying for the leg of the trip in France and use the pass for the remainder of the trip? Or is it easier to just pay for the train to Girona and use the pass for another trip in Spain? Are there other options to consider? We don't want to rent a car. Thank you in advance for your suggestions.
What is this 'Spain Rail' pass and what are the terms of operation, when is this journey Toulouse to Girona and what other journeys do you have in Spain. At least this information required to do any monetary maths. comparisons, (as you can surely do).
'Are there other options to consider?' - If I recall correctly, a direct bus journey with at least one company - www.alsa.es
If you have a Eurail Spain Pass, then that pass plus a seat reservation is all you need to take a direct AVE or TGV train that crosses the border. It's not valid on other French trains. At http://ricksteves.raileurope.com/us/rail/point_to_point/triprequest.htm, you can reserve the 8:11 direct AVE departure from Toulouse to Barcelona for $15 per person and just get off at Girona, where this train also stops (according to DB train schedules). (Or you can reserve a TGV from Narbonne to Barcelona, but would have to buy a separate ticket for a French train to Narbonne and would not be getting as much value out of that pass day.)
Thanks all for your helpful suggestions. We do have a Eurail pass for Spain that we would like to use to take the train from Toulouse to Girona on 19 August. We were unsure, since we get on in France, if we would have to pay extra for the part of the trip in France. It sounds like it may be easier than anticipated. Thank you.