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Spain's fancy overnight Hotel Trains (known collectively as Elipsos or Talgo Night) all have fancy names: Francisco de Goya (Madrid-Paris), Joan Miro (Barcelona-Paris), Pau Casals (Barcelona-Zurich), and Salvador Dali (Barcelona-Milan). Travelers with any railpass that covers at least one country on the route of travel (including Swiss Passes but not Swiss Cards) can use a railpass travel day and pay sleeper fares ranging from $85 for a quad couchette to $235 for a posh Gran Class single compartment. Fast and direct, the trains make just a few stops. All doubles and singles (but not quads) include breakfast and your own toilet and washbasin. Gran Class adds dinner and a shower in your compartment.
To avoid this expensive luxury, change trains at the Spanish border (at Irun-Hendaye on the west, at Cerbere on the eastern side). You'll connect to a normal night train with $20 couchettes on one leg of the trip. This plan takes more time, and may use two days of a flexipass. contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance with schedules.
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