I appreciate all the advice on the forum and in Rick's articles about how to determine when it is cheaper to buy a pass. I believe this is the case for our trip but wanted to see if anyone has any comments, or has used a Spain - Italy pass before. We basically have 4 long-distance trips during a 2 month trip that add up to about $540 if buying second class tix individually (we're flying between Rome and Barcelona):
Naples - Venice: $165, Venice - Rome: $110; Barcelona - Seville $180; Granada - Madrid $85.
Since a second class 2 country pass costs $318, it seems like a much better deal. Was hoping to get some feedback on:
1) Other than the reservation fees for 4 legs that must get added to the cost of the $318, am I missing anything? Still seems like a better deal.
2) I see that on Spain's "renfe" train website, you can get some cheap train tickets - 4 tickets at $29 each, going from Granada to Madrid, which seems too good to be true. Are webfare deals like these legitimate? Never booked Euro train tickets on, so a little paranoid.
3) If legitimate, I will spend more time looking for these specials. Does anyone have other recommendations on how to get cheaper tickets for Spain and Italy?