Renfe Spanish high speed trains

Spanish day trains. High speed AVE connection between cities like Madrid, Barcelona, Seville etc.

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Renfe Spanish high speed trains network

Travelling through Spain is an enchanting experience on an AVE high speed train operated by RENFE. You’ll enjoy your journey on the most modern train fleet in Europe, and also benefit from attentive service in all classes of travel. The full name Alta Velocidad Española literally means Spanish High Speed, and AVE also means bird in Spanish. The RENFE operated trains definitely stay true to their name, reaching speeds of up to 300km/h (186mph). The AVE trains are a luxurious and efficient way to get around the country. With excellent customer service, punctuality and easy to understand fares, the AVE network continues to be a great boost to Spain’s tourism and business. RENFE is the Spanish national railway company which operates the AVE high speed trains.

Popular journeys and travel durations

Main destinations for the Spanish AVE Train include Madrid, Sevilla, Barcelona and Malaga.

Madrid Barcelona 02:30 € 26
Lisbon Madrid 10:43 € 24
Seville Madrid 02:20 € 33
Barcelona Bilbao 06:20 € 19
Bilbao Madrid 04:52 € 14
Malaga Barcelona 05:45 € 46
Vinaroz Barcelona 01:47 € 8
Barcelona Lugo 12:54 € 37
Port Bou Barcelona 02:12 € 18
Barcelona Irun 05:58 € 17
Barcelona Murcia Del Carmen 06:47 € 16
Salou Barcelona 01:00 € 6
Vitoria Barcelona 04:47 € 24
Barcelona Albacete 05:01 € 28
Barcelona Girona 00:37 € 15
Barcelona Burgos 05:34 € 26
Ponferrada Barcelona 09:28 € 40
Castellon De La Plana Barcelona 02:21 € 11
Barcelona Cerbere 02:51 € 13
Barcelona Cordoba 04:10 € 24
Barcelona 13:15 € 34
Barcelona La Coruna 12:52 € 41
Benicassim Barcelona 02:21 € 17
Miranda De Ebro Barcelona 04:55 € 28
Barcelona Logrono 03:40 € 17
Tarragona Barcelona 01:15 € 6
Barcelona Zumarraga 04:48 € 43
Leon Barcelona 07:53 € 26
Barcelona San Sebastian 05:28 € 25
Barcelona 03:55 € 16
Barcelona Benicarlo 01:47 € 11
Barcelona Pamplona 03:45 € 15
Villena Barcelona 04:43 € 24
Cartagena Barcelona 07:44 € 29

Booking & Ticket delivery

Booking :
  • Renfe Spanish high speed trains tickets are open for booking 60 days ahead.
  • Get the lowest prices by booking early and don’t wait until the last minute as cheaper seats sell the fastest.
  • Opt for off-peak trains when you have to travel short notice. They are more affordable than morning and evening trains along with those running on holiday eves, Friday and Sunday afternoon.

Ticket delivery option(s) :

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Seat reservation :
  • Mandatory for this train! The seat reservation is included in the price of your ticket. Please note that seats are auto-allocated by train carriers. Depending on availabilities, carriers will ensure that all passengers of a same party are seated together. Seats can be swapped only once on-board.
  • Pass holders . Book your seat reservation exclusively with Rail Europe.

More details

Renfe is a modern and efficient railway system that offers every level of service in Spain. Among its services, it offers a high-speed rail called AVE, making travel in this country even more delightful.


Experience the service

Before you board

Make sure to arrive at the station early to find out where you should be taking your train, especially if you are unfamiliar with the premises. RENFE trains leave on time!

Ticket control and passport checks will occur before boarding AVE trains.


Classes and facilities offered by Spanish day trains
First classFirst classSecond class
Carrier’s designationName of class of service as you might see on your ticket.ClubPreferenteTurista
Bar buffet car Access to the bar buffet car where snacks and beverages can be bought.
Audio system Listen to your favourite tune while enjoying the passing landscape.
Video screens Ideal for entertainment, some coaches are equipped with screens.
Kid’s facilities Intuitive board games are available for children.
Meal and drink A delicious meal and drinks are served at seat on board.
AVE lounges at station Get the ultimate treat before any trip, or simply an ideal place to continue working.
On board conference lounge Ideal for business travellers to conduct any urgent meeting.


AVE trains operated by RENFE offer 2 first class options called Club (Business Class) and Preferente (First Class).

  • Club class and Preferente Class aboard AVE trains offer large comfortable reclining seats that make you feel at ease. A selection of video and audio programs at your seat will help you take your mind off any work you should be doing! Friendly RENFE staff will serve you drinks and light snacks at your seat.
  • Dedicated to Business travellers, the Club class also offers an “à la carte” menu. Travel and work in style: the Club class offer leather seats. This class of service also offers tables for each seat.

Travel in comfort even in 2nd class

  • Tourist class (2nd Class) on the AVE offers generous legroom, a selection of video and audio programs at your seat and a bar-buffet car offering a selection of food and beverages. Like Club Class and Preferente, Turista Class also offers you puzzle for your children. There is also a dedicated family area for your enjoyment. Turista class offers good value for money, and you can also easily upgrade to 1st class- Club or Preferente.
  • It is important to note that all classes offer facilities for disabled people. Other services for all include a bar-buffet car, phone booths, a nursery area and a meeting area.

Luggage Weight Limit

  • To ensure the comfort of all passengers, there is a weight limit for individual baggage, which is fixed at 20 kg.

More details

Travelling in AVE trains, operated by Spanish rail operator Renfe, means that you are going through one of the most enjoyable and relaxing travel experience.


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  • Q. Should Eurostar, Thalys and other High Speed Train tickets be purchased prior to your departure date?
  • Q. What are the main destinations AVE trains connect to?
  • Q. Do I need to book my AVE ticket train?
  • Q. What is the difference between 1st and 2nd class on the AVE (Madrid to Cordoba & Seville)?
  • Q. How shall I retrieve my AVE tickets?
  • Q. How many classes does AVE train offer?
  • Q. How far in advance can I book my AVE tickets?
  • Q. Is there a catering service onboard AVE trains?
  • Q. What does Gender Specific mean?
  • Q. What is the difference between 1st and 2nd class on the Spanish day trains ?

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      Connie Floriza r. 
    Hi, thank you for your survey and i really appreciate that my trip was really monitored. It's was an awesome experience riding for the first time. We're supposed to be two passengers but my friend wasn't able to get the visa. I traveled alone yet safe    Value for money  Convenience

    "enjoy in the train"

      Lingling c.  21/10/2014
    excited , comfortable, super enjoy in the train.    Value for money  Convenience

    "Fab way to travel"

      Karen c.  19/10/2014
    Traveled on the fast train to madrid from valencia. Was a very pleasant way to travel. Would travel this way again.    Value for money  Convenience

    "Mt trip"

      Mazen a.  19/10/2014
    Excellent service    Value for money  Convenience

    "AVE from Barcelona to Madrid"

      Magnolia Ulan f.  18/10/2014
    The train was run for about 20 mins which is rare as one would expect AVE trains to be strictly on time. Once we boarded, everything went smoothly. It was a pleasant journey overall.    Value for money  Convenience

    "Fast, comfortable and punctual"

      Kamalkant a.  18/10/2014
    It is a very comfortable and quick journey. The food service could do with improvement. The coffee was hot really hot and had been made for a long time. I bought and could not drink.    Value for money  Convenience

    "A high speed journey"

      Lung n.  17/10/2014
    To ride on the high-speed train of Eurorail is quite convenient and efficient. Checking of travellers is easy and fast. The train station is well located and well linked with other public transport services. The booking of seats is smooth and efficient. The seat is comfortable and properly equipped. Shaking of the carriage is slight and acceptable during the >280 km/hr. running. The atmosphere of the cabin is transient and tender, as shown in its modern interior decorations and setting. The fare is reasonable and is valued at its pleasant tour service indeed.    Value for money  Convenience


      Rafael c.  17/10/2014
    I expected newer and faster trains. Perhaps TV monitors at the back of each seat for passengers' entertainment for long trips with headsets and entertainment channels like the ones on airplanes. The cafe/bar section could be more interesting and offer more choices. Also a sitting area for more comfort while drinking or eating. The look and feel of the cafeteria is not inviting.    Value for money  Convenience

    "Excellent experience"

      Natasha w.  16/10/2014
    So convenient, easy to purchase tickets on line. Clean and comfortable. Good service. I just wished they could have English sub titles on the movie. It was in Spanish with Spanish sub titles! I asked her to change to accommodate visitors to their country but she said she's not allowed...    Value for money  Convenience

    "Good Experience"

      Safwat a.  16/10/2014
    Good Service and Experience    Value for money  Convenience

    "safe journey"

      Songwud n.  14/10/2014
    quiet, comfort, safe, reliable, and reasonable price are my key words for Renfe service.    Value for money  Convenience

    "Spanish Lightning"

      Jacobus b.  13/10/2014
    My wife and I tried different modes of transport whilst on vacation in Spain, the Renfe high speed train, however, was one of the highlights of our tour. We found the train clean, quiet and very comfortable. We appreciated the on time service. We can recommend using this service to anyone!    Value for money  Convenience


      Bhavna n.  13/10/2014
    I have travelled on more comfortable trains on this trip which is why i am rating it average. I travelled 1st class and didn't see much of a difference between 1st and 2nd which is why I rated low for value for money. The food that we bought was horrible and wayyy overpriced, my suggestion is to buy food beforehand. The staff also do not speak much english so they appear to be quite abrupt. Overall average experience.    Value for money  Convenience

    "Easy and timesaving"

      Martin l.  13/10/2014
    Easy to "check in" and saving a lot of time compared with flying. /Martin    Value for money  Convenience

    "nice trip"

      Chi-ling s.  12/10/2014
    nice trip    Value for money  Convenience

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