A guide to the Elipsos Trenhotel

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The night train that connects France with Spain

The Elipsos Trenhotel is an overnight train that runs on the routes between Paris – Madrid and Paris – Barcelona. As it travels by night, you can fall asleep in one city and eat breakfast in another! Known for its fine à la carte menu, great service and excellent facilities, a journey on the Elipsos Trenhotel really feels like traveling from the comforts of your own hotel room, only with inspiring landscapes passing you by.

Train routes and schedules
The Elipsos Trenhotel has daily departures out of Paris, Madrid and Barcelona. One piece of advice would be to book tickets for your train well in advance as these trains are typically in high demand. Night trains are popular because they free up your day so you can do more sightseeing and explore new cities.

Here are the current schedules for the Elipsos Trenhotel:

From Madrid to Paris (select a date and departure time)
Board from either Madrid, Valladolid, Burgos or Vitoria/Gasteiz and arrive in Poitiers, Blois, Les Aubrais-Orléans or Paris the next morning.

From Paris to Madrid (select a date and departure time)
Board from either Paris, Les Aubrais-Orleans, Blois or Poitiers and arrive in Vitoria/Gasteiz, Burgos, Valladolid or Madrid the next morning.

From Barcelona to Paris (select a date and departure time)
Board from Barcelona, Girona or Figueres and arrive in Les Aubrais-Orléans or Paris the next morning.

From Paris to Barcelona (select a date and departure time)
Board from Paris or Les Aubrais-Orleans and arrive in Figueres, Girona or Barcelona the next morning.

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Classes of service
Choose between 3 classes of service: Tourist, Business or Grand Class and find the one that suits your needs:

Tourist Compartments
Travel with friends or family in a compartment that can accommodate up to 4 people.  These cabins are mixed only when reserved in their entirety. Individual travelers will be placed in gender specific cabins.

Features:

  • Magazines
  • 3 or 4 beds (185 x 70 cm)
  • WC located at the end of your car
  • Centralised AC
  • Sink located inside your cabin
  • Toilet kit (Soap, tooth brush, toothpaste and ear plugs)

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Business Compartments
Travel in a cabin that offers excellent services for your business or personal trip. You can reserve individual cabins or a double cabin for a romantic getaway.

Features:

  • Magazines
  • Daily newspapers
  • 5-star breakfast
  • 1 or 2 beds (195 x 80 cm)
  • WC located at the end of your car
  • Sink located inside your cabin
  • Independent AC
  • Wake-up call upon request
  • Set of towels
  • Complete toilet kit (Soap, comb, tooth brush, toothpaste, earplugs, shaving cream & razor, tissues, sewing kit)

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Grand Compartment
The Grand Class gives you the best the Elipsos Trenhotel has to offer from an à la carte dinner and drinks, to a 5-star breakfast and your very own shower. Grand cabins can welcome one or two travelers.

Features:

  • Welcome gift
  • À la carte dinner with drinks included
  • Magazines
  • Daily newspapers
  • 5-star breakfast
  • 1 or 2 beds (195 x 80 cm)
  • WC located inside of your cabin
  • Sink located inside of your cabin
  • Independent AC
  • Wake-up call upon request
  • Set of towels
  • Complete toilet kit (Slippers, shower gel, soap, comb, tooth brush, toothpaste, earplugs, shaving cream & razor, tissues, cleansing sheets, body lotion, shower cap, sewing kit)

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Restaurant
Midnight cravings are never an issue on the Elipsos Trenhotel thanks to a bar where you can find sandwiches and snacks. But if you crave a bigger meal, you will be happy to know that the restaurant stays open until 2 am and has a mouth-watering menu inspired by Mediterranean and international cuisine.  The wine card combines a selection from Spanish and French wines for you to discover.

The evening meal and breakfast is available for all customers.  A 5-star breakfast is included for Business and Grand Class ticket holders and the evening’s Gourmet Menu is included for Grand Class ticket holders.

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Passholders
If you have a valid Eurail or InterRail Pass that includes either Spain or France, you benefit from a reduced  pass holder fare. Select “Reservation Only” when booking.

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Travel tips
You are generally expected to be present at the station 45 minutes prior to departure.

Business and Grand Class travelers have access to the lounge area at the station up to 2 hours prior to departure.

It’s possible for three or four people to travel together in Business Class. While cabins only have two beds, the cabins in the middle of the train car are linked by interconnecting doors. This means that two double cabins can be turned into a single 4 person cabin.

Luggage
You can travel on the train with up to three pieces of luggage and one piece of hand luggage. The weight limit for your luggage is 20kg.

Bicycles
You can travel with up to 2 bicycles as long as you have reserved a full cabin. The bicycles must be foldable and their size must not exceed 120 x 90 cm.

Animals
You can travel with a small animal in a container of maximum size 60 x 35 x 35 cm. A supplement may be required for each animal and you will have to reserve a full cabin.

 

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