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Spain - Rail Travel
Other discounting systems include the youth card (tarjeta joven) which is for those aged between 12 and 25 and which offers discounts of 50% for those who are travelling on blue days. Those who are not residents of Spain can opt for a tourist card (tarjeta turistica) which allows them to travel on any RENFE-run train line without the need for paying supplements. The cost of the tourist card will vary as the card is designed for travel for only a short period of time for those who are on holiday in the country. Tickets are available from railway stations and the website of the RENFE company.
If you are travelling on a medium distance train there is no system for booking in luggage, but there is a limit to how much can be taken on the train. This will vary from train to train but the standard is 2 pieces of hand luggage which total no more than 20kg. There is also a size limit to luggage which should be adhered to. Details of this are available from the RENFE website. If you want to take larger items such as bikes you need to check in advance if the train will have a luggage hold as this is the only place that they can be stored while the train is moving.
Those who are disabled will find that most trains in Spain have access and facilities which are suitable, although it is often necessary to book seats in advance in order to be sure of the right facilities. If you require special equipment then you can normally arrange this in advance with the train company.
Those who are living in Madrid or Barcelona are able to take advantage of an underground Metro system for getting around the city. The system in Madrid is one of the longest in the world. The network is divided into 6 zones. A traveller can buy one ticket which is valid in one zone or a ticket which covers 10 trips and which works out cheaper. A traveller needs a new ticket for each zone that they are in. If a passenger needs to cross from one zone to another then they are able to purchase a combined ticket. Fares are just a few Euros.
In Barcelona the Metro system is underground in the centre of the city and overland in the suburbs. There are a total of 11 lines and several of these have trains which operate without drivers. Passengers are able to buy a one way ticket for a single journey but there are a variety of ticket options which cover multiple journeys and different zones. Metro tickets are available at any metro station. One of the main issues with metro travel is that not all stations and trains are suitable for disabled passengers but facilities are being upgraded.
Spanish Rail Service
Tel: + 34 902 320 320
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