If would probably have cost even less if you had booked direct with the train operator: www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/index.html
Agree with Sydneynick.
Their website is impossible to navigate. It drops out constantly. It was only in Spanish without translations and was no cheaper
Renfe was hopeless and again no cheaper
if you are traveling further check out seat61, he has English based websites for renfe and a lot of helpful advice on train travel all through europe
The only time RENFE would not be cheaper is when all the promo and low-priced but equal value seats are sold. If you are booking later in a higher season situation, the alternative sites may be just as good with less hassle. If you have a chance for the lower prices, the RENFE prices are worth the hassle IMO.
I think Rail Europe is one of the biggest rip-offs around. Their pricing is ridiculous.
Read Buying Renfe Tickets Online.
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