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Renfe - Barcelona to San Sebastián

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Renfe - Barcelona to San Sebastián


I’ve read the posts about Renfe being tardy or somewhat unpredictable with releasing tickets. I’ve just checked Barcelona to San Sebastián and it’s only showing next 10 days availability. I guess that’s ok for locals but when you’re planning a multilayered trip from the other side of planet it’s going to stress me and add a complication when not being able to book at least 60 days out.

Can anyone please share their experience with booking for this route? Is 10 days as good as it gets or does Renfe release tickets more in advancer at other times of the year?

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1. Re: Renfe - Barcelona to San Sebastián

That you can only buy NY subway tickets on the spot in NY is also OK for the locals, but inconvenient for for people planning a multi layered trip from the other side of the planet, right?

My tip is, Relax. You do not need to have every mass transit ride booked before you step on the plane to Europe.

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2. Re: Renfe - Barcelona to San Sebastián

Last year, bookings for a slug of dates after 22 July only opened 7 July. But they opened! And plenty of seats when that happened.

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3. Re: Renfe - Barcelona to San Sebastián

Thank you for your replies!

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Since my last post I have found a different ticket from Barcelona to San Sebastián.

It only shows up when I search on their website and not on the Renfe app. Odd!

It’s a route in the morning from Barcelona to San Sebastián with 1 change in Vitoria with a 41 min change/stop. It arrives in San Sebastián around 4pm.

This new option is attractive given the earlier arrival time. Has anyone used this route? Is the short 41 mins to change trains presented any issues? Not sure how big Vitoria station is to change trains etc or would the 41 minutes be enough if there are delays. I believe Renfe is very punctual.

Thank you

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5. Re: Renfe - Barcelona to San Sebastián

A 41 minute change is leisurely, not short! This is a domestic train connection between two platforms, not a schlep between airport gates.

Edited: 16 April 2024, 19:29
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6. Re: Renfe - Barcelona to San Sebastián

I'd definitely be happy to have a coffee during that 41 minutes break :)


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7. Re: Renfe - Barcelona to San Sebastián

Thanks for your replies and time to respond

If there’s anyone out there that has done this route I’d appreciate your feedback too

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