Renfe Spanish high speed trains carrier

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  • Madrid - Barcelona: 02:50
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Renfe Spanish high speed trains

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

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
Madrid Lisbon 10:43 € 24
Madrid Seville 02:20 € 28
Bilbao Barcelona 06:40 € 19
Madrid Bilbao 04:52 € 14
Vinaroz Barcelona 01:47 € 8
Portbou/cerbere Barcelona 02:12 € 18
Barcelona Miranda De Ebro 04:38 € 25
Barcelona Salou 01:03 € 6
Tarragona Barcelona 01:15 € 6
Barcelona Benicarlo 01:47 € 11
Barcelona Pamplona 03:45 € 15
Barcelona Albacete 05:01 € 28
Ponferrada Barcelona 09:28 € 40
Irun Barcelona 05:40 € 25
Barcelona Castellon De La Plana 02:02 € 11
Logrono Barcelona 03:58 € 26
Barcelona Leon 07:46 € 33
Barcelona Benicassim 02:15 € 13
Murcia Del Carmen Barcelona 06:46 € 16
Girona Barcelona 00:38 € 15
La Coruna Barcelona 12:53 € 27
San Sebastian Barcelona 05:28 € 25
Barcelona Zumarraga 04:48 € 43
Vitoria Barcelona 04:47 € 24
Barcelona Cartagena 07:52 € 58
Barcelona Burgos 05:34 € 26
Malaga Barcelona 05:45 € 46
Villena Barcelona 04:43 € 24
Barcelona Cerbere 02:51 € 13
Lugo Barcelona 13:24 € 65
Cordoba Barcelona 04:10 € 24
Santiago De Compostela Barcelona 12:23 € 40

Booking and printing options

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.

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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.

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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.
  • 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.

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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. How far in advance can I book my AVE tickets?

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  • Q. What are the main destinations AVE trains connect to?

  • Q. What is the difference between 1st and 2nd class on the AVE (Madrid to Cordoba & Seville)?

  • Q. How many classes does AVE train offer?

  • Q. What is the difference between 1st and 2nd class on the Spanish day trains ?

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  • Q. How many luggage can I carry onboard AVE trains?

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  • "Speed panely"

    Traveling with 298 km/h on the ground made me anxious. Before I saw the speed on the paneI, it hadn't been look like that fast. I think you should not display the speed of the train to the passengers.  
  • "Thanks RailEurope!"

    I purchased Renfe Spanish high speed train tickets from Barcelona to Madrid at Rail Europe, which saved me a lot of trouble going through the user-unfriendly Renfe online ticketing service! The train was very comfortable and fast. Very pleasant journey. I would give 3 stars to "Value for money" since the prices rised a lot in just a few days.    Convenience
  • "We loved it!"

    We so enjoyed the trains in Spain. They were on-time, comfortable, convenient, and reasonably priced.    Convenience

  • "4 stars"

    Very good 4 stars for comfort value for money and convenience  
  • "Convenience Transportation"

    Train is alternate transportation mode to travel which are convenient, safe and enjoyable in Europe. Connecting between cities and among Schengen countries. In addition by Train we also could enjoy the scenery along the way. Really enjoyable trip and highly recommended.    Convenience
  • "Extraordinary Experience"

    I can't find anything more comfortable than traveling by train in Europe. This time I took a train from Madrid to Santiago and from Santander to Madrid. Both trips were enjoyable. No waiting in airports, no horrible security points, no baggage problem, extra comfortable seats and beautiful views. I Love it!    Convenience
  • "Convenient trip"

    Nice trains on time with no disruptions    Convenience
  • "Trip to Sevilla"

    This was a very pleasant journey. The train was on time and seats were very comfortable. The trip allowed me to enjoy the beauty of the Andalucian countryside.    Convenience
  • "Pleasant trip"

    on time, clean, fast. Better than air transport.    Convenience
  • "Enjoyable"

    The journey was smooth. No delays. Plus we were surprised to find out that our purchased ticket included metro tickets to get us to Barcelona Sants (train station). Apparently it was stated in French so if we didn't show our tickets to the information counter, we would have just purchased additional metro tickets on that day.  
  • "Easy, cheap and comfortable. "

    Very straight forward service and ticket purchasing made for a relaxed journey. Prices are fair and the train was quick with no delays.    Convenience

    I was extremely pleased at the ease with which my train booking and travel arrangements from Barcelona to Valencia and back was accomplished. The train journey was pleasant and comfortable and I enjoyed the views from the train specially the beaches, which are located all along this route.The trains operated promptly according to the schedule. Perhaps the entertainment screen in the cabins showing documentaries, Films and Dramas etc. could be improved. Snacks were available from the cafeteria at reasonable prices. The railway staff was available at the platforms to provide assistance in finding our seats etc.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "RENFE Madrid-San Sebastian"

    Information on train schedules and update should include English. Renfe staff in San Sebastian spoke good English and went extra mile to help with information. Madrid Chamartin can do with the same. Booking online is very useful for planning our trip. All in all, a very good experience. Many thanks    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Great ride"

    Plan in advance, book online and take the ride on the ave fast train. Its comfortable and great way to travel in Europe!  
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