Final Destination: Ferrol or Santiago De Compostela
The first two or three departures of the day continue beyond Santiago De Compostela to call at A Coruna and Ferrol.
Monday to Friday: 4 x trains per day
Sat/Sun = 3 x trains per day
Book early and save: Yes
Online bookings open: up to 6 months ahead of the travel date - depending on the time of year.
The online booking window can be shorter between late July and early October.
This is a journey on which it can pay off to book in advance - you can usually save more than €30 on 'Promo' tickets if you can book more than around month ahead of your travel date.
Also book in advance if you want to travel on any departure, on this route tickets for the most popular departures, can sell out completely a couple of days ahead.
Seats will automatically be assigned when booking tickets for this journey.
Rail Pass Users:
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.
They are also 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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Yet another new section of the Spanish high speed rail network is now being used by trains on this route.
The link between Sanabria (which gains a new station) and Ourense completes the high speed line linking Madrid with Santiago de Compostela.
As a result the typical rail journey times between the two cities has been reduced by around 80 mins.
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