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Senior Savings on European Train Travel: The Ultimate Guide to the Discounts

Your Guide Beth Hoke Expert Wanderer Savvy seniors over the age of 60 can get a range of discounts on the European railroads. For frequent travel in a specific country, you can purchase a country-specific senior discount pass. There are also Interrail and Eurail discounts that work out OK for heavy travel in a short […]

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The Best & Cheapest Ways to Travel Between Paris and Barcelona: Train, Bus, and — If You Must — Plane

Your Guide Mose Hayward Travel Nerd I’ve long lived in the lovely, romantic French capital Paris and the lively, sexy Catalan capital Barcelona — these are absolutely my favorite two cities in the world. But how to travel between them? There are lots of websites that promise to sell you tickets between the two cities.

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What To Expect on Spain’s Renfe AVE Trains—Tips from My Travels

I’ve enjoyed AVE and love high speed trains generally in Europe. They offer an excellent, comfortable, low-carbon alternative to flying. For example, the Barcelona-Madrid trip on AVE is just 2.5 hours, which makes it much faster than flying when you figure in the time for getting to the airport and waiting in lines. Plus, it’s

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Spain Train Ticket Booking: We Tested the Best Legitimate Sites for Deals and Smarter Routes

Your Guide Mose Hayward Travel Nerd There are lots of sites that offer to sell train tickets for Spain. So my team and I ran dozens of searches on them to see what’s best—and we’ve been monitoring them this way (as we travel) for years. The starting for many looking to take a train is

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Ouigo, Iryo, Avlo, and Ave: The Key Differences in High-Speed Train Options in Spain—at a Glance

Your Travel Guide Mose Hayward Rail Nut We’re spoiled for options for crossing Spain and Catalonia by train. There are four operators running daily high-speed trains here and all of them are comfortable, fast, and often pretty cheap. The standard-bearer from the national operator is Renfe’s Ave service; Renfe also now has its own budget

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What Is Iryo? And Are These High-Speed Trains Worthwhile in Spain?

Your Train Guide Kyle Harris UK-based Wanderer Iryo is one of Spain’s very affordable train services and offers a comfortable, quick connections between key cities. Iryo currently runs trains between Madrid and Barcelona more than a dozen times per day in each direction and also runs South and East from Madrid, serving Seville, Malaga, Valencia,

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An Insider’s Guide to Barcelona Sants Train Station—from a Local Who’s Lived next to it for 15 Years

Your Train Guide Loulou Mcclaine British Wanderer Barcelona Sants Station is unlovely but clean and well equipped with a range of services. It’s not huge, but can seem a bit bewildering to newbies. So let me be your guide. I’ve lived next to the station for 15 years, I go in every day to catch

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What Is Ouigo? And Is This Budget Train Worthwhile for Crossing Spain, Catalonia, and France?

Ouigo, put simply, is a railway answer to the budget airline. The tickets are cheap, and there are no frills, but you get to where you’re going on lovely high speed trains while enjoying the beautiful countryside. In terms of comfort, Ouigo is nowhere near as bad as a budget (or any) airline, though the

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Renfe’s Avlo Reviewed: Is This Cheap High Speed Train Worthwhile for Spain and Catalonia?

Your Train Guide Catherine Marucci Train Wanderer I tested out the Spanish national railway’s new ultra-cheap service for a trip from Barcelona to Madrid and was pleasantly surprised with this modern (though no-frills) rail experience. In this article I’ll offer my review of what Avlo offers, the best way to get tickets, and a few

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