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This page explains how to travel by train from Barcelona to other cities all over Europe, and how to buy tickets the cheapest way. Train information is current for 2020.

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Take a moment to read these tips for buying European train tickets.  They answer the usual questions including "Do I need to book in advance or can I just buy at the station?", "Can I stop off?", "Are there Senior fares?" and the old favourite, "Should I buy an $800 railpass or buy a €35 point-to-point ticket online?".  Click here to understand how far ahead you can buy train tickets.

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An introduction to European train travel

 

Senior fares (over 60)

 

Guide to Eurail passes (overseas visitors)

Important tips for buying European train tickets

Youth fares (under 26)

 

Guide to Interrail passes (for Europeans)

How to check European train times

Child fares & child age limits

 

Couchettes & sleepers on night trains

Do I need to book in advance?

Luggage on European trains

 

Train seat numbering plans

How far ahead can I book?

Luggage storage at stations

 

Wheelchairs & special needs

Can I stop off on the way?

Taking a bike by train

 

Real-time service updates

Should I travel 1st or 2nd class?

Taking a car by train

 

Hotels & accommodation

How long to allow for connections?

Taking dogs & pets by train

 

Changing stations in Paris by metro or taxi

How early to arrive at the station?

Maps of the European rail network

 

What to do when things go wrong...


Barcelona to other Spanish cities See the train travel in Spain page...
Barcelona to Madrid by AVE....
Club class on a Spanish S103 AVE train   An S103 AVE train at Madrid Atocha station

Preferente class (1st class) seating (formerly Club) on the AVE train.  A meal with wine is included on Mondays-Fridays.

 

An S103 AVE train as used between Barcelona & Madrid Atocha, seen at Madrid Atocha station..  Taking as little as 2h30, it's faster than flying.  See virtual tour

Turista class on a Spanish S103 AVE train   Preferente class on a Spanish S103 AVE train

Turista (2nd class) on an AVE S103.

 

Turista Plus (premium 2nd class)  seating.

Madrid Atocha station - the tropical garden in the old trainshed   At Madrid Atocha, high-speed trains depart from a modern extension.

Madrid Atocha station...  One of my favourite stations, the grand old trainshed has been preserved and turned into a tropical garden complete with turtle pool.  AVE trains arrive in the adjacent modern extension.  See the Madrid Atocha station guide.

Barcelona to Malaga, Cordoba & Seville by AVE...
Complimentary at-seat meal in Club class & Preferente Class   AVE Club class on an S102 AVE train from Madrid to Malaga

High-speed AVE trains link Barcelona with Seville, Cordoba & Malaga with no need to fly.  These excellent AVE-S112 high-speed trains are used on this route.  Known as a Pato (duck).  No prizes for guessing why...

AVE Tourist class seats on an S102 AVE train from Madrid to Malaga   AVE Preferente seating on an S102 AVE train from Madrid to Malaga

AVE Turista class...  Comfortable seats, 2 abreast each side of the aisle, mainly unidirectional but some bays of 4 around a table like this...

 

AVE Turista Plus...  Reclining seats, power sockets for laptops & mobiles, mainly unidirectional but some tables for 2 and tables for 4...

Barcelona to Valencia & Alicante...
Barcelona to San Sebastian...
San Sebastian to Barcelona train about to leave   1st class seats

The morning Alvia to Barcelona at San Sebastian...

 

Preferente (1st class)...

2nd class seats   The cafe bar

Turista (2nd class)...

 

The cafe-bar does an excellent cafe con leche...

Scenery between San Sebastian & Barcelona

The train descends from the foothills of the Pyrenees onto the plain below...

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Barcelona to London from €119...

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Barcelona to Paris...

Option 1, Barcelona to Paris by high-speed train in 6h25 from €39...  Click for full details

TGV Duplex at Paris Gare de Lyon

TGV Duplex at Paris Gare de Lyon. These 200 mph double-deckers link Paris with Barcelona.  Watch TGV Duplex video.

TGV Duplex cafe-bar   TGV Duplex upper deck 2nd class seats

Cafe-bar on upper deck in car 4 (or 14), serving tea, coffee, soft drinks, wine, beer, snacks & microwave-style hot dishes.

 

2nd class seats on upper deck.  There's a mix or tables for 4 and unidirectional seating.  360Ί photo.

First class on board a TGV Duplex   An TGV Duplex at Paris Est.

1st class seats on upper deck, a club duo on the left, club quatre on the right.  360Ί photo.

 

A TGV Duplex at Barcelona Sants.  The red near the door indicates 1st class, pale green indicates 2nd class.

Mt Canigou in the Pyrenees

Mt Canigou & the Pyrenees...  One of the highest peaks in the mighty Pyrenees, the 2,784m (9,137 feet) high Mt Canigou dominates the skyline on the right all the way from Perpignan to Girona, see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CanigouMore photos of what to see on the Paris-Barcelona train journey.

Option 2, Barcelona to Paris by sleeper train via Latour de Carol - time-effective & scenic...

Intercite de nuit overnight train   Intercite de nuit couchette

Intercitι de nuit overnight trains have 1st class 4-berth & 2nd class 6-berth couchettes, each with lightweight sleeping-bag & mineral water...  More information about Intercitι de Nuit trains.

Option 3, Barcelona to Paris by sleeper train via Cerbθre/Perpignan...

Intercite de nuit overnight train   Intercite de nuit couchette

The intercitι de nuit overnight train has 1st class 4-berth & 2nd class 6-berth couchettes, each with lightweight sleeping-bag & mineral water.  More information about Intercitι de Nuit trains.

Barcelona to Narbonne, Perpignan, Montpellier, Nξmes, Lyon...
Barcelona to Bordeaux...

Option 1, via Narbonne - this is the fastest & easiest way, although not necessarily the cheapest...

Option 2, via San Sebastian - how about lunch in San Sebastian?

Option 3, via Latour de Carol... 

Barcelona to Toulouse & Carcassone...

Option 1, by high-speed train via Narbonne -  fastest, but reservation required, dynamic pricing so book ahead.

Option 2, straight through the Pyrenees via Latour de Carol - slower, cheaper, much more scenic.  Always €12 + €27 any day, any date.

Barcelona to Avignon, Marseille, Cannes & Nice...

Option 1, late afternoon departure by direct AVE train from Barcelona to Avignon & Marseille.  Stay overnight in Marseille, onwards to Cannes & Nice next day.  If you want to go from Barcelona to Cannes or Nice all in one day, see option 2 below - but I still reckon this option 1 is best, especially with a longer stopover in Marseille!

 

2nd class seats on the S100 AVE, all with power sockets.  Luggage goes on the racks at the car ends or above the seats.  Panorama photo of 2nd class

 

These S100 AVE trains operate the TGV/AVE services from Madrid to Marseille, Barcelona to Lyon, Toulouse.  This is the morning train to Lyon, at Barcelona Sants.  More photos & info about AVE S100.

 

Cafe-bar on an S100 AVE serving tea, coffee, beer, wine, soft drinks, snacks & hot dishes...

1st class seats on an S100 AVE.  Panorama photo of 1st class

Option 2, on a morning departure reaching Avignon & Marseille after lunch and reaching Cannes & Nice in the evening...

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Barcelona to Brussels & Bruges from €88...

Option 1, by high-speed train in a single day, via Lyon so no need to cross Paris. The easiest way!

Option 2, by high-speed TGV in a single day, via Paris...

Option 3, by high-speed TGV with overnight hotel in Paris...

Second class seats on board a 'Thalys' high-speed train to Cologne 1st class seats on Thalys A Thalys for Amsterdam about to leave Brussels Midi...

2nd class (Comfort 2) seats...

1st class (Comfort 1) seats...

A Thalys at Brussels...

Option 4:  Barcelona-Paris by overnight sleeper train, then high-speed train onwards to Brussels.

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Barcelona to Amsterdam from €74...

Option 1, Barcelona to Amsterdam in a single day by high-speed train...

Option 2, by high-speed TGV with overnight hotel in Paris...

Option 3:  Barcelona-Paris by overnight sleeper train, then high-speed train onwards to Amsterdam.

Second class seats on board a 'Thalys' high-speed train to Cologne 1st class seats on Thalys A Thalys for Amsterdam about to leave Brussels Midi...

2nd class (Comfort 2) seats...

1st class (Comfort 1) seats...

A Thalys at Brussels...

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Barcelona to Luxembourg...

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Barcelona to Geneva, Zurich & Switzerland from €69...

Option 1, Barcelona to Switzerland in a single day, leaving 08:20 weekdays, 08:10 weekends...

Option 2, Barcelona to Switzerland in a single day, leaving at 10:10 daily...

Option 3, Barcelona to Avignon or Marseille in the evening, overnight stop & morning free, then afternoon TGV to Geneva...

By AVE from Barcelona to Lyon, Avignon or Marseille...

 

2nd class seats on the S100 AVE, all with power sockets.  Luggage goes on the racks at the car ends or above the seats.  Panorama photo of 2nd class.

 

These S100 AVE trains operate the TGV/AVE services from Barcelona to Avignon, Marseille & Lyon.  This is the 08:20 Barcelona to Lyon AVE.  More photos & information about these AVE S100 trains.

 

Cafe-bar on an S100 AVE serving tea, coffee, beer, wine, soft drinks, snacks & hot dishes...

1st class seats on an S100 AVE.  Panorama photo of 1st class

Mt Canigou in the Pyrenees

Mt Canigou & the Pyrenees...  One of the highest peaks in the mighty Pyrenees, the 2,784m (9,137 feet) high Mt Canigou dominates the skyline on the right all the way from Perpignan to Girona, see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canigou.

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Barcelona to Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome & Italy from €69...

So many people want to travel this route, and many of them mistakenly think you have to fly.  You don't.  You can travel cheaply and time-effectively by comfortable and civilised train with an overnight stop at wonderful Marseille into the bargain and perhaps some time in Nice.  The scenic train ride along the Cτte d'Azur and Italian Riviera can be a highlight of your trip...

Option 1, by high-speed train to Marseille, overnight stop, Thello train from Marseille to Genoa & Milan.

Barcelona to Marseille by AVE high-speed train...

 

2nd class seats on the S100 AVE, all with power sockets.  Luggage goes on the racks at the car ends or above the seats.  Panorama photo of 2nd class

 

These S100 AVE trains operate the TGV/AVE services from Barcelona to Marseille.  See more photos & information about these AVE S100 trains.

 

Cafe-bar on an S100 AVE serving tea, coffee, beer, wine, soft drinks, snacks & hot dishes...

1st class seats on an S100 AVE.  Panorama photo of 1st class

Mt Canigou in the Pyrenees

Mt Canigou & the Pyrenees...  Seen from the train and one of the highest peaks in the mighty Pyrenees, the 2,784m (9,137 feet) high Mt Canigou dominates the skyline all the way from Girona to Perpignan...

The Vieux Port at Marseille

Bonjour Marseille!  The Eglise Notre Dame de la Garde, overlooking the Vieux Port.

Nice to Milan by Thello train...

Thello train from Marseille & Nice to Milan, at Marseille St Charles   1st class seats on Thello train from Nice to Milan

The Thello train at Milan Centrale...  It uses comfortable air-conditioned Frecciabianca carriages.  See more photos & information.

 

1st class seats on Thello.  All seats have power sockets.  Plenty of luggage room on racks & between seat backs...

2nd class seats on the Thello train from Nice to Milan   Cafe counter on the Thello train from Nice to Milan

2nd class seats on the Thello train.  All seats have power sockets, with plenty of luggage space on racks and between seat backs.

 

The small cafe-bar counter on the Milan to Nice & Marseille Thello train serving tea, coffee, wine, beer, soft drinks and snacks.

Coastal views from the train between Toulon and Nice

The view from the train between Marseille & Nice...

Option 2, Barcelona to Milan in a single day via Geneva - via the Alps!

Option 2, Barcelona to Rome by cruise ferry...

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Barcelona to Portugal...

Barcelona to Lisbon from €78.  Onwards to Porto or Faro...

Club class on a Spanish S103 AVE train   An S103 AVE train at Madrid Atocha station

Step 1, take an S103 AVE train from Barcelona to Madrid, seen here at Madrid Atocha station.  See virtual tour.

Step 2, take the overnight sleeper train from Madrid to Lisbon...

En route to Morocco by train: gran classe 2-bed sleeper (day mode)   en route to Morocco by train: Gran Classes 2-bed sleeper (night mode)   Paris to Madrid & Barcelona by trainhotel: Gran Classe sleepers have a private shower and toilet   Trainhotel at Madrid

Gran Clase sleeper, in evening mode with the seats folded out...

 

...return from the cafe-bar to find the beds made up...

 

Gran Clase sleepers have a toilet & shower...

 

The trainhotel from Madrid to Lisbon is an articulated Spanish Talgo train.  Seen here at Madrid Chamartin station.

Sud Express trainhotel cafe-bar...    

The trainhotel's cafι-bar serves drinks & food.  Grab a barstool early, it gets crowded later on!

   

4-berth tourist class sleepers (Turista Cama) are cosy & inexpensive...  They convert from beds to seats as shown.

Barcelona to Faro & the Algarve by train + bus via Seville...

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Barcelona to Andorra...

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Barcelona to Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin & Germany from €75...

Option 1:  Barcelona to Cologne or Frankfurt in one day by high-speed trains...

Option 2:  Barcelona to Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Berlin & Germany by high-speed trains with overnight stop in Paris...

Option 3:  Barcelona to Marseille by direct TGV, overnight stop, Marseille to Frankfurt & Germany by direct TGV...

Option 4:  Barcelona to Geneva by TGV, overnight stop, Geneva to Munich next day...

Option 5:  Barcelona-Paris by overnight sleeper train, then high-speed train onwards to Germany.

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Barcelona to Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck & Austria from €88...

Option 1, Barcelona to Geneva by TGV, overnight stop in Geneva, onwards to Austria next day by Railjet...

The morning RailJet train has arrived in Vienna.   Premium class seats on the Munich-Vienna RailJet train   Economy class seats on the Munich-Vienna RailJet train

"The RailJet has landed..."  A Railjet has arrived in Vienna spot on time.

 

Business class costs €15 more than normal 1st class...

 

Economy class on RailJet, comfortable open saloons with large picture windows.  Some seats are around tables, some unidirectional.

Option 2, Barcelona to Geneva by TGV, Zurich to Vienna by sleeper train:  The time-effective option...

    Double-deck sleeping-car on Vienna-Zurich Nigtjet at Zurich

4-berth couchettes, ideal for families.

 

2-berth standard sleeper with washbasin

 

Double-deck sleeping-car on the Vienna-Zurich Nightjet, at Zurich. Courtesy of DiscoverbyRail.com.

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Barcelona to Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo...
Danish InterCity train at Copenhagen...   Inside the InterCity train from Esbjerg to Copenhagen...   InterCity train at Copenhagen about to leave for Esbjerg...

Danish IC3 Hamburg-Copenhagen.

 

2nd class seats...

 

Arrived at Copenhagen...

125 mph tilting 'X2000' from Copenhagen to Stockholm, at Copenhagen station 2nd class seats on the X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm The self-service buffet on the X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm...

Step 3, take a 125 mph X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm....

 

2nd class seating on the X2000.  All seats have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

 

Self-service buffet car on the X2000 to Stockholm.

More information on X2000 trains

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Barcelona to Prague...

Option 1, by day trains with overnight stop in Paris...

Option 2, by day trains with overnight stop in Munich...

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Barcelona to Bratislava...

Option 1, by day trains to Switzerland then nightjet sleeper train.  The most time-effective option...

    Double-deck sleeping-car on Vienna-Zurich Nigtjet at Zurich

4-berth couchettes, ideal for families.

 

2-berth standard sleeper with washbasin

 

Double-deck sleeping-car on the Vienna-Zurich Nightjet, at Zurich. Courtesy of DiscoverbyRail.com.

Option 2, by day trains with overnight stop in Geneva.  The most scenic option...

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Barcelona to Budapest..

Option 1, by day trains to Switzerland then EuroNight sleeper train.  The most time-effective option...

Couchette car on the Kalman Imre to Budapest   4-berth couchettes on train to Budapest   6-berth couchettes on train to Budapest

The Zurich-Budapest sleeper at Zurich...

 

4-berth couchettes

 

6-berth couchettes...

Sleeper compartment in the Hungarian sleeping-car from Munich to Budapest   The sleeper train to Budapest

2-bed sleeper.  Larger photo

 

The Zurich-Budapest sleeper, at Budapest Keleti.  Watch the Hungarian sleeping-car video...  Courtesy of Matthew Williams.

Option 2, by day trains with overnight stop in Geneva.  The most scenic option...

On the Arlberg route from Zurich into Austria, the mountains keep on coming.  See more photos & video..

Economy class seats on the Munich-Vienna RailJet train   The morning RailJet from Munich has arrived in Budapest.

Economy class on railjet, in open saloons, all with power sockets.

 

"The railjet has landed..."  A railjet arrived at Budapest's beautiful Keleti station.

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Barcelona to Ljubljana, Zagreb & Belgrade...

Option 1, using the Zurich-Zagreb sleeper...

Option 2, via Marseille & Venice...

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Barcelona to Warsaw, Kiev & Moscow...

Option 1, to Warsaw or Moscow via the Paris-Moscow Express, once a week all year.

Option 2, to Moscow via Paris & the Berlin-Moscow sleeper express, runs twice a week.

Option 3, to Warsaw, Kiev or Moscow via Paris, Berlin & Warsaw, runs every day (this route avoids Belarus)

One of Russian Railways new international sleeping-cars   A 2-berth or 4-berth compartment in daytime mode

These modern sleepers operate on both the Paris-Moscow Express and Warsaw-Moscow train:  1st class 2-berth or 2nd class 4-berth.

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Barcelona to Istanbul & Turkey...

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If you just want to buy train tickets at the cheapest price, book online as shown on this page.  However, if you want someone to sort out your whole trip for you, arranging all your trains, hotels and transfers, and to look after you if anything affects your arrangements, talk to Railbookers.  Railbookers can custom-make a train trip around Europe to your own specification.  Just tell them what you want and they'll advise you on the best trains, routes & hotels.  They get good reports and a lot of repeat business!  They now have offices in the UK, North America and Australia.

UK flag  UK call 0207 864 4600, www.railbookers.co.uk

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bullet pointHotels in Barcelona

Suggested hotels near Barcelona Sants station...

If you're just staying overnight between trains, here are some hotels near Barcelona Sants with good or great reviews:

Suggested Barcelona hotels near the old quarter...

If you're staying longer, find a hotel in the old quarter where the sights are - perhaps on La Rambla itself.  Here are some hotels with good or great reviews:

Find hotels at Booking.comMy favourite hotel search site: www.booking.com

www.booking.com is my favourite hotel booking site and I generally prefer booking my hotels all in one place here.  You can usually book with free cancellation - this allows you to confirm your accommodation at no risk before train booking opens.  It also means you can hold accommodation while you finalise your itinerary, and alter your plans as they evolve - a feature I use all the time when putting a trip together.  I never book hotels non-refundably.  I have also come to trust their review scores - you won't be disappointed with anything over 8.0.

Tip:  It can pay to compare prices across multiple hotel sites:  HotelsCombined.com is a price comparison site which compares hotel prices on Booking.com, Hotels.com, Expedia, Accor, Agoda and many others.  Though if there's not much in it, I prefer keeping all my bookings together in one place at www.booking.com.

Other hotel sites worth trying...

www.tripadvisor.com is the place to find independent travellers' reviews of all the main hotels.

Backpacker hostels...

www.hostelworld.com:  If you're on a tight budget, don't forget about backpacker hostels.  Hostelworld offers online booking of cheap private rooms or dorm beds in backpacker hostels in most cities at rock-bottom prices.

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bullet pointTravel insurance & VPN

 

Columbus direct travel insurance

 

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Always take out travel insurance...

Never travel overseas without travel insurance from a reliable insurer, with at least £1m or preferably £5m medical cover.  It should also cover cancellation and loss of cash and belongings, up to a sensible limit.  An annual multi-trip policy is usually cheaper than several single-trip policies even for just 2 or 3 trips a year, I have an annual policy myself.  Here are some suggested insurers.  Seat61 gets a small commission if you buy through these links.

UK flagIn the UK, reliable insurers include Columbus Direct.

UK flagIf you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over 65, see www.JustTravelCover.com - 10% discount with code seat61.

UK flagYou can use Confused.com to compare prices & policies from many different insurers.

  Australian flag New Zealand flag  Irish flag    If you live in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the EU, try Columbus Direct's other websites.

  US flag If you live in the USA try Travel Guard USA.

A Curve card saves on foreign transaction fees...

 

Curve card

Most banks give you a poor exchange rate, then charge you a currency conversion fee.  A Curve MasterCard means no foreign transaction fees and gives you the mid-market exchange rate, at least up to a certain limit, £500 per month at time of writing.  The balance goes straight onto one of your existing debit or credit cards.

How it works:  1. Download the app for iPhone or Android.  2. Enter your details & they'll send you a Curve MasterCard - they send to most European addresses including the UK.  3. Link your existing credit & debit cards to the app.  4. Now use the Curve MasterCard to buy things online or in person or take cash from ATMs, just like a normal MasterCard. Curve does the currency conversion and puts the balance onto whichever of your debit or credit cards you choose.  You can even change your mind about which card it goes onto, within 14 days of the transaction.

I have a Curve Blue card myself - I get some commission if you sign up to Curve, but I'm recommending it here because it's great.  See details, download the app and get a Curve card - they'll give you £5 cashback through that link, too.

 

Express VPN

Get a VPN for safe browsing.  VPNs & why you need one explained...

When you're travelling you often use free WiFi in public places which may not be secure.  A VPN means your connection to the internet is encrypted & always secure, even using unsecured WiFi.  In countries such as China where access to Twitter & Facebook is restricted, a VPN gets around these restrictions.  And lastly, you can select the geographic location of the IP address you browse with, to get around geographic restrictions which some websites apply - for example one booking site charges a booking fee to non-European visitors but none to European visitors, so if you're not located in Europe you can avoid this fee by browsing with a UK IP address using a VPN.  VPNs & why you need one explainedExpressVPN is a best buy and I use it myself - I've signed up as an ExpressVPN affiliate, and if you go with expressvpn.com using the links on this page, you should see a special deal, 3 months free with an annual subscription, and I get a small commission to help support this site.

 


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