Originally Posted by YVR Cockroach
My wife and I intend to spend a couple of weeks in Austria before heading over to Barcelona to catch a ship to get back home. Looking at bahn.com, there doesn't seem to be any nice way of a rail ride from Austria or Munich to get to Barcelona (seems a minimum of 2 changes of train). Am I missing anything?
Looks like it might be Niki /Air Berlin otherwise.
There are at least two ways to do Munich - Barcelona with only one change (as it seems minimizing the number of changes is important to you). In particular:
EC194 Dep Munich Hbf 12:33, arr Zurich Hbf 16:44
EN274 Dep Zurich Hbf 18:42, arr Barcelona Sants 10:30 (next day)
This option generally runs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, but sometimes this summer it doesn't run at all due to engineering works.
You should be able to book Munich-Zurich on bahn.de
and the Zurich-Barcelona 'TrenHotel' at www.renfe.com
. Or you may find that www.sbb.ch
lets you book tickets in one place, but I haven't checked.
TGV9576 Dep Munich Hbf 06:26, arr Paris Est 12:35
EN477 Dep Paris Austerlitz 20:23, arr Barcelona Sants 08:05
This seems to run every day.
Note that this involves a change of stations in Paris, and also a long stop-over (which could be an advantage, if you want to visit Paris; or a disadvantage if you want to save time).
Again, it should be possible to book Munich-Paris on bahn.de
and the Paris-Barcelona 'TrenHotel' at www.renfe.com
. Or www.voyages-sncf.com
might be able to sell both tickets.
There may be other options as well, that I haven't thought of. However, it's too long to do the journey in a day, so you're either looking at a sleeper train (see reviews of the Paris-Barcelona TrenHotel
, and I assume the Zurich-Barcelona train is pretty similar) or staying overnight in a hotel somewhere.
IMHO no need to fly - taking the train should be perfectly feasible.