I would like to travel between Spain and France using the high-speed trains through the eastern border. I consider the Interrail option, but I am having a hard time figuring out how to check for the availability of seats. Seems that Interrail reservations can sell out even if there are other seats available.
I did not buy a pass yet, because the availability of seats at a specific date weighs in my choice of which pass to buy or considering another mode of travel.
I cannot use the Interrail reservations system to check for availabilities. The system requires a valid pass number.
SNCF is no more selling Interrail supplements on its website for its trains, if I were to use the TGV. I would need to reach a station in France.
For the Renfe AVE trains, seems the only possible way to book Interrail supplements is in-person at the station in Spain. I may consider this option for the return trip, once I can be physically there, but this is a gamble. The last available seats can sell out in between.
Is there another possibility to enquire about the availability and eventually reserve?
If not possible, I looked for the reservation-free routes :
- Through Latour-de-Carol: too short on time to afford the detour; otherwise can be a nice trip at a different occasion.
- Through San Sebastian, Irun, Hendaye: same time constraint
- Using the slow trains up to Portbou: I have souvenirs of riding the local train from Barcelona to Llança 15 years ago that stops everywhere. Hard seats without headrests for 3 hours and no tray tables; ouch! But I remember that there were faster trains to Figueres, could that be a solution?
I still save a lot with the Interrail solution, factoring in the pass day, compared to the current price of regular tickets on the high-speed route.