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Renfe/AVE train from Toledo to Barcelona

Is it possible that there are no more tickets from Toledo to Barcelona on April 15th?? I can't believe I am too late! I thought there was a 7:55am train but it appears there are none all day on April 15th. Is there another option?

Thank you in advance.

Cynthia

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That train appears on the RENFE website for me when I enter Toledo to Barcelona Todas, for just over 60 Euro.

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Be sure you're using the Renfe website. I also see a 7:55 AM departure.

In the past is has seemed to me that Renfe isn't good about displaying routes requiring connections, but in this case something else seems to be going on. I don't know whether they for some reason don't have all the mid-April trains loaded in the database or a lot of the trains are full. Both the Toledo-Madrid and the Madrid-Barcelona trains are subject to sellouts, though I wouldn't have expected that to happen so far in advance.

I'd buy that 7:55 AM ticket ASAP. My back-up plan would be to take a bus to Madrid (which takes a lot longer than the train), then the subway to Atocha Station to pick up a northbound train, but trains from Madrid to Barcelona could be full as well.

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Hi folks.

I did get 2 tickets at 7:55am from Toledo to Madrid but now it shows only one very early morning train (7.
:24 am) from Madrid Pta. Atocha - Almu to Barcelona Passeig De Gracia on the 15th, arriving over 9 hours later! What am I missing? Isn't it supposed to take 4 hours?

Thank,

Cynthia

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That's not one of the AVE/AVANT trains; there are some slower trains as well. The fastest travel time between Madrid and Barcelona is 2-1/2 hours, and I can see many trains available on April 15 that take between 2:30 and 3:15. I don't know why they aren't visible to you. Maybe switch browsers or devices (tablet or phone rather than PC)?

Are you sure you're on renfe.com rather than some third-party website?

Iryo is a new operator of fast trains serving a number of Spanish cities. It runs trains between Madrid and Barcelona. You can take a look at its schedule here:

https://iryo.eu/en/home

There are lots of April 15 departures available.

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The other and much cheaper way to do it is to book the two parts separately.
Toledo to Madrid and Madrid to Barcelona.
For both sectors there is lots of availability on RENFE. When inputting origin and destination use Madrid Todas and Barcelona Todas, not specific stations. Todas means all stations. But all trains are in the system, as are all fares.
This is some kind of a glitch with your browser, not a RENFE issue of missing Inventory.

Trains are not mass transit, and do not sell out months in advance- especially on a route like this with high frequency and three competing operators. There is a lot of capacity on the Madrid to Barcelona route.

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Hi folks. Found my problem. I was putting in Barcelona Passeig De Gracia instead of Barcelona Todas! This forum has been a wonderful resource. Thank you all who responded and to the person who said Todas simply meant high speed and the person who said that was what my search should be.

There are two high speed trains, the newest being the Iryo. It is cheaper, fewer restrictions and apparently just as fast and many trains. Any feedback?

Thanks,

Cynthia

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There are actually 4 (not as I said last night, 3) high speed companies on that route- see here for details- https://www.seat61.com/trains-and-routes/barcelona-to-madrid-by-train.htm

Unlike in the UK- where with rare exceptions all the companies talk to each other and help each other out the same is not true of Spain.

As you have now booked Toledo to Madrid I would stick with RENFE for the Barcelona train- then if the train from Toledo to Madrid is late or cancelled you have bargaining power with RENFE to be allowed on the next available train free of charge. You don't have that with all the other companies, and would end up buying a new last minute ticket.

It would have been better booked as a through journey Toledo to Barcelona, then the 29 minute connection at Madrid would have been really safe, RENFE would then have HAD to put you on the next train if you had missed the 0900 train. That would have been worth the 30 Euro fare difference to me.
But you didn't and this forum doesn't always make it clear that you can book connecting RENFE trips like that.