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Old 07-25-2013, 03:29 AM   #46
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How was the Elipsos overnight train from Paris to Barcelona? We're a family of 4 (Me, DW, DS 13, DD 11) doing the same thing prior to our August cruise. I was looking forward to your pictures -- sorry you lost them!

Anything you can share about the Trenhotel?

Thanks!
The train was okay, the cabin is bare minimum but did us fine. The beds were already out when we got on because the train doesn't leave until after 10pm.
There is room up above the door for suitcases (DH had to do this as it is quite high). They provide face towels, and a little travel refresher pack per person for you to use. It had a small toothpaste, toothbrush ad soap in. There is also a small bottle of water each.

Sorry, pics are quite blurry as I was using my phone and the train was moving.












As you can see my boy was flat out and had no trouble sleeping. You get to see what it is like for an adult against the size of the beds. I didn't sleep so well but part of that was excitement, worry that my 7 year heavy fidget of a son would fall out of the top bunk and I am a poor sleeper anyway.
The toilet was at the end of each carriage and my boys were fine using them. There is a sink in your cabin for brushing your teeth and washing your face. And a lovely view when you wake in the morning.
The guard didn't speak English but we got along fine. No passport control on the train as we did it before we got on and the guard will give you a wake up call (not that I needed it). I was excited and looking out the window taking pics every now and then.

We are considering doing it again next year but from Barcelona to Paris only as we are doing the EBTA.

Hope this helps.
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Hello, I was wondering how much the overnight train cost for your family? We will be in Paris before our cruise this summer and I was debating about a flight from Paris or the train. Thank you for your thoughts.
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Old 01-23-2014, 05:38 PM   #48
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Hello, I was wondering how much the overnight train cost for your family? We will be in Paris before our cruise this summer and I was debating about a flight from Paris or the train. Thank you for your thoughts.
Hi, for a family of 4 it cost us £248 one way. They open up bookings 13 weeks before travel and I used rail Europe to purchase the tickets.
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Old 01-23-2014, 05:44 PM   #49
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Cost of overnight train from Paris to Barcelona

We booked through Rail Europe on the Elipsos sleeper train -- it wasn't the cheapest way to book it, but it was the easiest and it cost about $1000 for a family of four.

However, the overnight trains were discontinued in December, 2013.

An excellent guide to traveling by train from London, to Paris and on to Barcelona is "The Man in Seat 61" website -- I did a lot of my initial research there and he details the various rail options including the new direct high-speed trains from Paris to Barcelona and some overnight options as well.

Go to WWW dot Seat61 dot com and you'll see the options.
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