Our quick guide to the Spanish rail system, which trains to take, and how to book them.
Tren Hotel Elipsos
The overnight trains between Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Zurich, and Milan.
Trainhotel Elipsos overnight trains operate daily* between 5 of Europe’s major cities, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Zurich and Milan, combining the advantages of train travel with the comforts of a hotel. Enjoy a delicious meal in the restaurant car, before settling down for the night in your own sleeping compartment and then wake up refreshed the next day in your destination.
*Elipsos services operate daily during the summer. A reduced service is in operation during the winter.
How to book Elipsos trains…
Book the Tren Hotel online at the Rail Europe website. Choose Paris Gare d’Austerlitz as a starting point, to your chosen destination.
Note that if you are beginning your journey by Eurostar from the UK, it’s best to book that separately, giving you more flexibility. Eurostar tickets can now be printed at home, while Rail Europe posts the Tren Hotel tickets to you securely using next-day special delivery.
The AVE Train runs from Seville in the South-west of Spain to Huesca or Lleida in the north-east of the country. Via Madrid, they also stop at Cordoba, Puertollano, Ciudad Real, Guadalajara, Calatayud, and Zaragoza. The AVE’s are super-modern and comfy with everything you would expect from a Eurostar, sometimes more.
The best way for British residents to book an AVE train is to book online with Rail Europe, who not only give you a £6 online discount, but also post the tickets safely to your home. Bookers from the US and Canada need to visit the US Rail Europe site.