Final Destination: Cartegana or Lorca or Murcia
These trains also call at: Alicante
Aim to be at Barcelona Sants a minimum of 20 mins before departure, in order to allow time to pass through the security checks.
At Barcelona Sants station these trains depart from vias (platforms/tracks) 11 - 12.
2 x trains per day
Book early and save: Yes
Online bookings open: 2 months ahead
This is a journey on which you can save by booking at least a couple of weeks ahead, though the cheapest tickets inevitably sell out fastest on the most popular departures
Seats will automatically be assigned when booking tickets for this journey.
Rail pass users will need to be pay a reservation fee prior to boarding, but these reservations cannot be booked on the ticket agent's websites.
The mandatory reservations for for rail passes are not available on the Eurail/Interrail reservation service for journeys within Spain.
The only option, other than booking them at a station in Spain, is to pre-reserve seats by calling Renfe phone sales: +34 91 232 03 20.
Pre-reserving a seat is possible up to 24 hours before a train's departure. You will receive a PNR code which you must use to pick up and pay for your reservation at a local station ticket office, making sure to show your Interrail Pass. You must collect your reservation within 72 hours. After this time the pre-reservation will expire.
Please note that a pre-reservation is not the same as a reservation. It only holds a seat for you for 72 hours.
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The first departure of the day isn't scheduled to leave Barcelona until 12:00 and is due to arrive in Murcia at around 19:00
It isn't possible to arrive in Murcia sooner by taking earlier trains from Barcelona and making connections.
As these trains begin to leave Barcelona behind they spend around 30 mins travelling along the coast, so there are sea views from the left hand side of the train.
Though we departed in the early morning, so hazy sunshine meant the images we captured aren't our finest pieces of work - but they give an idea of what to expect.
The train will reverse direction on departure from Valencia and Alicante.
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