If we buy Renfe tiks online for specific time, is it possible once in Spain to change to a different time tho same day?
Yes, you can do this at the Renfe ticket office in any city.
I believe that the above answer does need to be qualified.
It does depend on the type of ticket that you buy especially if you use the RENFE web site for purchasing those cheaper fares. They do come with restrictions about changing especially on AVE or long distance trains.
For the WEB discounted ticket see :
and for the ESTRELLA discounted ticket see:
To qualify further these discounts apply ONLY to Ave not Avant?
and what is Estrella? thank you!
As you post in Granada Forum then the train to Cordoba and on to Madrid is not an AVE but an ALTARIA. (Another long distance type train ) and then there is also a similar one called ALARIS. You can buy cheap discounted tickets on any of these long distance trains including the AVE.
Look up more info on this RENFE page:
Ok, I just tried online Renfe to purchase 2 Avant tiks Malaga to Cordoba for Dec 27. Both my phone # and country USA (required fields) and were rejected. Now what? Any suggestions how to remedy or get around that? thanks
If you read Buying REnfe tickets online....http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g187514-c80518/Madrid:Spain:Buying.Renfe.Tickets.Online.html
You will see parts 31 and 32 gives you the answer....
31. For country, if you are from the U.S., look for the box that says United States. If you cannot find the name of your country, choose any country. This box is not important and may probably be used only to find out how many foreigners are buying tickets from each country.
32. For Telephone No. 1, put in any 9 digit number. Phone numbers in Spain have 9 digits. Use only digits, with no dashes.
If you have problems with using Spanish website then USA ticket agent for Renfe is Petrabax : see:
FYI: thanks much for easy to use site, however it would only allow sales of expensive 'touring' class tiks whereas the Spanish site (once I got it working) is selling cheapest tiks, so go figure.
I just had a look at both Petrabax and Renfe for a dummy booking for 09.15 train Malaga to Cordoba on 27th. The petrabax gave me an offer of booking at USD 40 on this train which is about €30. Whereas the Renfe offer same train at €25.70. I really don't know where you saw the 'cheaper tickets' at all. The seats are for Tourist class and as already stated above on this train you simply do not get discounts.
Ok so small difference and may be suitable for anyone who needs to book in USA and is having a lot of problems with the Renfe booking system.
Anyway you could probably turn up at the station and buy your ticket then.
I just searched on the Petrabax site for the same train journey given by C_l. I got 2 Web discount fares ($18 and $22), 2 Estrella discount fares ($26 and $31), the $40 'touring' fare and a 'regular' fare of $43. I used the Renfe website to buy more than 20 tickets this past summer (Spain Rail Pass had not come out back then). I've never used Petrabax before.