Seat resv in Spain

I'll be traveling on a Eurail Global Pass this summer. I'm experienced at it. I will be making a couple trips in Spain. I am aware that even with the Eurail Pass seat reservations are required on almost all Spanish trains. I have no pblm with that. I may take an AVE in late June between Barcelona and Llieda, mid-week, mid-day. I may also take an AVE between Llieda and Madrid, also mid-week, mid-day. I will not have tight connections anywhere. So how important is it, really, in those circumstances, to book a seat resv way, way in advance? Like, say, in the next week or so, for a trip in late June. How much risk am I taking if I wait till I get to the station? Is it likely I'd be shut out completely for mid-week mid-day trains between those city pairs in late June?

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
12686 posts

The risk is close to zero. Trains rarely sell out.

Posted by Neil
806 posts

The risk is, likely, close to zero - but I have seen a couple and a single disappointed and overheard conversations of upset in thirty odd years. The couple were on the next journey two hours later, the single purchased a far more expensive preferente seat. It is not my way to not purchase in advance for peace of mind.