I found you suggested train from Nice to Madrid interesting, as I am looking to get from St.Raphael to Madrid either 20, 21 or 22 July. But when I look for the connection you suggest on SNCF's website, they don't suggest it. I am confused. Has the route been cancelled, or aren't all routes on the website?
On the SNCF website I can only find a route that takes me from St.Raphael at about 12:52 to Portbou, with a change in Montpellier, and from there a night train to Madrid, leaving 7:40 PM and arriving 7:21 AM. Is that a good connection? This is available the 20-21 of July, but when I look at 22 July it is much more complicated, several changes and a TGV (which costs a lot extra, doesn't it???).
I will be starting my first Interrail trip in St.Raphael and meet up with friends in Madrid who arrive from Paris. I am a bit concerned about travelling this route alone. Should I rather go up to Paris and meet them there and take the Elipso down to Madrid in a group? Seems like a lot of unneccessary travelling and possibly also a lot more expensive but I am also very unsure about all these reservations I seem to need to make, but it is hard to find the cost of them...