well it really depends...
I do this route quite a few times per year for business... as my company pays I go 1st. It includes use of the business lounge at the stations (not sure how useful for a tourist traveler, but they are nice places to rest and with free drinks& snacks). They receive you with a glass of juice/wine, and later you're served breakfast/lunch/whatever. The quality of food is much better than what you usually get on airlines.
So, it is a great way to experience 'travel in luxury'
When going on my own I usually take 2nd class that's very comfortable as well (the seats on 1st are wider). It makes no sense for me to pay extra for an 'experience' that is not new to me, but I would recommend to anyone who's willing to try and can afford it
Second class is comfortable and it arrives at the same time as first class. Go second, and use the saved money for other things during your holiday.
well as I said above I would probably not pay the extra being not a new experience, however, booking Euromed via web in advance ('web' fare):
- 1st: 40.50
- 2nd: 24.70
If the trip is at lunch or dinner time... I'd say 1st works not as expensive as you save a meal :)
In Prefernte class space between seats is wider although I think that the seat is the same as in Tourist class, I think that it is up to you the decission. The trip takes 3 hours and probably it is not worth for you the money difference just for a snack or meal (it depends on the time of the train)or a free welcome drink or a drink (alcoholic or soft drink) after the meal/snack and free newspapers.
When I travel for work I always use the Preference class, the company pasys for it but if I'd travel by myself I think that the tourist classs is good and confortable enough and if you're hungry there is a bar with drinks, snacks and cold and hot sandwiches in one of the cars of the train.
I would go Preferente (2nd class). The first class configuration is more like a compartment, but I really don't know if you travel alone you have a whole compartment to yourself...4 seats around a table. In Preferente the seating is similar to airlines...with more legroom etc. but the food is much better than airlines. I think you should try that at least
...rather than Economy/tourist just to see what rail travel can be. Service, comfortable and very decent food.
I should add that tourist is OK, but snacks rather than a multicourse meal.
Another bonus which I haven't used for a while is the
VIP Waiting Room / Sala de Espera which is available to 1st and 2nd class passengers. This provides you with separate airconditioned confort with snacks, soda, beer, wine (free) plus national (Spanish) press.
Can anyone confirm or update me on this? I thought
this was would some extra money...especially in the summer.
Just to follow on:
The train leaves Valencia at 11:05, so can anyone advise on what type of meal we are likely to get?
Is there a Preferente Lounge at Valencia- Nord station and if so what time can we use it from?
You can use the lounge while waiting for your train to be announced. I don't know of anyone who has been there more than 30 minutes ahead of time, but as long as you have a ticket for that day there shouldn't be a problem.
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