I just got my train pass from my travel agent. I'm travelling to several cities in Spain and I'm kind of worried that I may not be able to get tickets on certain dates when I travel. I checked the train timetables on www.renfe.com and called the phone number for booking tickets. The customer service rep told me that in order to get train tickets, after making a booking, I would have to pick up the ticket at the train station in 72 hours. I'm not able to do that since I'm in Canada and will be arriving in Spain at the end of July.
I land in Madrid on July 29 and I'm I know there's an office in the airport where I can purchase tickets. Are my chances of getting train tickets for the following dates still in reach? I would hate to go off schedule due to availability of train tickets.
July 31 - Toledo (day trip)
Aug 1 - Segovia (day trip)
Aug 3 - Madrid to Seville
Aug 7 - Seville to Granada
Aug 11 - Granada to Valencia
Aug 15 - Valencia to Barcelona
well, i know this isnt any help really, but if you find that the train tickets, for whatever reason, are booked out, the bus tickets are really cheap. it takes longer, but its cheap. i went from madrid to toledo for like 3,50euro or something. so i wouldnt stress too hard about it, as, even tho itd be a massive shame if some trains were booked out, you can still get to the places you wanna go, cheaply.
there are a couple of trains a day so i think you should be ok...
Train tickets to Toledo and Segovia are no problem, just buy them at Atocha or Chamartin. I also have to say that the bus is the faster option to go to Segovia. (busses go direct, and the train is a commutertrain, stopping at each station in between Madrid and Segovia). Also the busstation in Segovia, is closer to the Old part of town.
I would recommend making reservations for the train to Sevilla (ACE). I would do that the day you go to Toledo.
Sevilla - Granada is no problem, just turn up a little early, it can be pretty busy at the Santa Justa station. (and take the right counter: regional, or choose the San Bernadino(?) station.). But take a good look at the timetables, as there are only 3 or 4 daily trains.
The other stretches I have never traveled so can't help you on those. But I presume, you are least need to make a reservation upon arrival in Granada, for the ride to Valencia.