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Reservations for night trains

hey guys,
I am just about starting to plan my trip in europe for 2 months..I am starting out in paris and then heading to barcelona. I will be getting the euro select pass and using it for most of my travel As I understand, some reservations need to be made for night trains. I was just checking out the paris-barcelona tickets and most of them are sold out for mid may. Is this normally the case? Should I be paranoid and make reservations in advance ?

The other question I had was..if I buy the euro select pass, how do i go about making reservations?

thanks in advance,

Posted by
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If you haven't purchased your pass yet, do some checking to see what point to point tickets will cost you. Unless you plan to do a LOT of rail travel, rail passes aren't cost effective, especially if you get some of the specials available on foreign railway websites. For France to Spain, check out Even with a pass, reservations are necessary for many train journeys these days, notably the TGV in France and, as you have found out, the Ellipsos overnight train to Barcelona....most overnight trains require reservations, and they go quickly. For passholders, you can try booking reservations only through places like or they can be very expensive. At this time, the end of March, it may already be too late to get a place on the overnight Ellipsos to Barcelona for May. You may also want to try flying, since discount airlines can be a bargain. For Paris-Barcelona, check out and, both of which I've used and had good success with.

Posted by
16 posts

Yes, from what I have read on this website and in guidebooks, night trains fill up, and you should book those trips in advance.

Posted by
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Check on Rick Steves' web site about buying train tickets, and he tells you how and where to make train reservaitons.