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Spain Rail Pass vs France-Spain Pass

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After comparing the prices for the Eurail Spain pass and the France-Spain pass, I was surprised to see that the two country pass was cheaper for the same number of days. Initially I thought it was significant, but then read more closely and saw that the free day currently being offered on the two country pass had already been figured in, so that a 7 day pass was actually the price of what would usually be a 6 day pass. Even so, the France-Spain pass is a bit cheaper. Is there any reason for this? I am purchasing a pass for my college-aged son, who will likely just travel in Spain and fly to London from Barcelona. (The Portugal-Spain pass is significantly more, and he can buy a separate ticket from Lisbon to Faro, with bus from Faro to Seville - or bus all the way from Lisbon - which will be his only travel involving Portugal.) My thinking is that the France-Spain pass would give him the option of taking the train to Paris and the Eurostar to London if there is an airline strike as happened when my daughter needed to get from Barcelona to London for a flight home while she was in college.

Also, does anyone know how much the reservations usually add to the cost of rail travel in Spain? I haven't found the Renfe site to be very user friendly.

Finally, his planned itinerary is Lisbon-Seville-Cadiz-Cordoba-Granada-Madrid-Barcelona. Does this sound like the most workable sequence since he is booked into Lisbon and plans to depart from Barcelona?

Thanks for sharing your expertise.

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