Questions on Eurail- Rome to Madrid (& Berlin to Florence)

Thanks for the informative Reservations section.

RailEurope.com has no reservations for around May 17-31 for Rome to Madrid (via Nice>Barcelona) (& Berlin to Florence).

Anyone know what to do next? I don't want to be stuck w/o a train. I can reserve the others. (seems like most trains have that R in the timetable)

I suspect because they want $, RailEurope may be up to something, but I'm not sure. Thanks!

Posted by Norm
Ottawa, Canada
4555 posts

Rail connections from Rome through France to Spain are not all that good. However, you should be able to break down the search for reservations at RailEurope's site into two or three sections to put together a complete journey. Your best bet seems to be overnight Paris-Nice, then on the next morning to Barcelona...but it'll take more than a day, and you like will have to wait until the following morning to get to Madrid. IF you haven't yet purchased a railpass, or want to save some of the days on the pass, consider flying....a lot faster, and a lot cheaper.

Posted by Jeffrey
Oakland, CA, US
20 posts

Thanks. I'll go for Nice, though I'd love to stop by Switzerland if it's not too much $ to transfer.

I already have the Eurail ticket & hostel reservations. I'm going for as few transfers as possible, but don't mind taking a while to get there.

Posted by Jeffrey
Oakland, CA, US
20 posts

Folks at Lonely Planet mentioned overnighting on Eurail from Rome>Madrid can be a problem.

Though a bit out of the way (I don't mind), 2 days on the town & nights in a hostel in Bern looks very good as a way to break up all the transfers into parts.

Anyone else try this?

I'd be leaving Rome- Sun May 27>Bern>Madrid- Tues May 29

Thanks-

Posted by Julie
SF Bay Area, CA, USA
443 posts

Have you thought about flying? Easyjet has flights from Berlin to Pisa (an hour or so from Florence) and from Rome to Madrid... That way you can spend more time in Germany, Italy or Spain. Many times flying is much cheaper than the long distance train rides - even with a rail pass.

Posted by Jeffrey
Oakland, CA, US
20 posts

Thanks. My housemate just walked me through the 3 flights & 1 TrenItalia I'll need. I'm going to refund my Global Pass & save $200 (I hope).