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Please explain the trains, Cordoba to Seville and the Altaria train from Granada to Madrid.

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I'm trying to understand the different train services that we will be using for our March trip around Andalucia. From Madrid to Cordoba we take an AVE train, using either the Renfe website or Petrabax booking online 60 days before travel for the best price.

For the one way ticket Cordoba to Sevilla should I book that 60 days out or wait until we arrive in Cordoba where we will be staying for 3 nights or buy the tickets while we are waiting for our first train at Madrid Atocha station? There seems to be a choice of three types of trains, AVE, AVANT and a Mid Distance train. We will be taking the train on a Sunday so I'm wondering if that will make a difference. How far ahead do you recommend I purchase these tickets?

For the Granada to Madrid train it's a different type of train called Altaria. From what I can see there are only two types of seats, Turista and Preferente. Since it's over a 4 hour train ride I wonder if it makes sense to purchase the Preferente 60 days out for the best price or if Turista seats are comfortable enough. We will be traveling from Granada to Madrid on a nonholiday Friday in April, I don't know if that makes a difference as to when I should purchase my tickets. How far ahead do you recommend I purchase these tickets?


On any of these trains do I need to purchase at least the Promo plus if I want to be able to select my seats after purchase? I don't think I'm allowed to select seats if I go with the cheapest Promo fares. Correct?

Thank you for any comments that will help me understand the Spain train choices and fares . Deborah

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