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Milan to Barcelona

Winfield, Illinois
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Milan to Barcelona

We are planning a trip in late June/early July to join my daughter who is studying abroad. We meet her in Milan and then are thinking of a trip along the coast through France including Nice, Cannes and ultimately to Barcelona. I have lots of Marriott points so am thinking about booking Marriott hotels along the way. I am also wondering on trains versus car rental on the trip. Are there train routes along the coast route we are hoping to take. Any information would be greatly appreciated on hotels (especially marriotts) and how we might travel (cars versus trains). We are looking to spend around eight days or so.

Sydney, Australia
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1. Re: Milan to Barcelona

If you pick up a rental car in Italy and drop off in Spain, there will be a very substantial one-way fee. Someonbe has to go to Spain and drive the car back to Italy, at your expense.

The train line between Genoa and Cannes runs along the coast, going in and out of tunnels, with some good views. Elsewhere the line runs inland.

You would have to take an Italian train from Milan to Ventimiglia, which may require a change of train in Genoa. You would then take a local French train to Nice, then a fast train to Marseille, from where there is a fast train direct to Barcelona.

For the best prices on on the fast trains, book direct with the operator as far ahead as possible. Tickets go on sale 3 months before travel in France, usually 4 months in Italy, and the cheapest tickets often sell out quickly. Discounted ticket prices keep going up as the travel date gets closer.

You can get Italian train times and costs from www.trenitalia.com clicking on the UK flag to change to English and using the Italian names for towns (Milano Centrale to Ventimiglia). At present, the track between Ventimiglia and Albegna is blocked by a landslide and replacement buses are in use. This will have been repaired by the time of your travel.

You can get French train times and costs, and make bookings, at en.voyages-sncf.com/en but use Antarctic as the "Ticket collection country" to avoid being transferred to RailEurope USA, which has higher prices and does not list all the trains.

If you have trouble with voyages-sncf, www.capitainetrain.com is a private website which has the same prices.

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2. Re: Milan to Barcelona

There are normally six trains per day direct from Milan to Ventimiglia.

The train runs beside the French coast from Nice to St Raphael (rather further than Cannes), then again past Bandol and past Sète.

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Thank you for the responses. It sounds like trains would be preferred way to go.

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