Renfe Spanish high speed trains

Renfe Spanish high speed trains
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  • Madrid - Barcelona: 02:50
  • Prices from € 32
  • Book up to 60 days in advance
  • E-ticket
  • High speed trains

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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
Seville Madrid 02:20 € 33
Barcelona Bilbao 06:20 € 19
Bilbao Madrid 04:52 € 14
Leon Barcelona 07:53 € 26
Santiago De Compostela Barcelona 12:23 € 40
Vinaroz Barcelona 01:47 € 8
Girona Barcelona 00:38 € 15
Barcelona Pamplona 03:45 € 15
Barcelona Albacete 05:01 € 28
Barcelona La Coruna 12:52 € 41
Barcelona Cordoba 04:10 € 24
Barcelona Murcia Del Carmen 06:47 € 16
Portbou/cerbere Barcelona 02:12 € 18
Barcelona Zumarraga 04:48 € 43
San Sebastian Barcelona 05:28 € 25
Vitoria Barcelona 04:47 € 24
Ponferrada Barcelona 09:28 € 40
Irun Barcelona 05:40 € 25
Miranda De Ebro Barcelona 04:55 € 28
Benicarlo Barcelona 01:52 € 14
Barcelona Cartagena 07:52 € 58
Barcelona Lugo 12:54 € 37
Barcelona Salou 01:03 € 6
Barcelona Burgos 05:34 € 26
Malaga Barcelona 05:45 € 46
Barcelona Castellon De La Plana 02:02 € 11
Benicassim Barcelona 02:21 € 17
Villena Barcelona 04:43 € 24

Our tips

  • Children under 4 years old can travel free on board Renfe trains if they do not require an extra seat. Make sure to retrieve your free infant ticket at the train station before boarding.

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

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

  • Q. How many classes does AVE train offer?

  • Q. Is there a catering service onboard AVE trains?

  • Q. How shall I retrieve my AVE tickets?

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

  • Q. When do I need to check in before boarding an AVE train?

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

  • Q. Do I need to book my AVE ticket train?

  • Q. Should Eurostar, Thalys and other High Speed Train tickets be purchased prior to your departure date?

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  • "Very Good"    
    Comfort, Convenience and value for Money....  
  • "Very Good"    
    Value for Money ( it was with Bus till Antequera )  
  • "Great service"    
    Train travel in Spain is very convenient. The train ran too time, was clean and comfortably heated.    Convenience
  • "Journey"    
    Perfectly    Convenience
  • "Tom Maszczak"    
    Coming from the United States, I found the Renefe high speed train a marvel. It was comfortable, on time, very convenient and easy to navigate. An absolute pleasure.    Convenience
  • "Average"    
    Very good about security and controlling tickets before entering the train. Also good with the service-food section in the train. Bad about internainment in the train.. Bad and changing radio connection and bad music choice. Very bad that there is no WIFI. Is that Spain's high profiled train standard in the information age???  
  • "A tip for over 65s"    
    Even in tourist class this was first class service - free paper, full breakfast, a film - the sort of service airlines used to provide at no extra cost. However when I booked it online I was not aware that RENFE offers a significant reduction for the over 65s. Since the trip is not cheap and since the train was not full, it's adviseable for wrinklies to buy the tickets at the station in advance (first you need to purchase a certificate that makes you eligible) and enjoy the reduction.    Convenience
  • "Excellent "    
    No problems at all    Convenience
  • "Spanish speed"    
    My wife and I traveled from Madrid down to Malaga using the Renfe connection after deciding to use the train over hiring a car and driving. I would highly recommend the service as it proved to be very efficient and removed all the stress of trying to negotiate the roads and proved to be a very enjoyable option    Convenience
  • "Train ride review"    
    Excellent service and on time train ride made my train experience from compostela to Madrid one for the books...enjoyed it.  
  • "Great way to travel"    
    Booked online. Train on time. Stops well communicated for non-Spanish speakers. Highly recommend.  
  • "Excellent service"    
    Great service.    Convenience
  • "Efficient and Easy"    
    I traveled from Barcelona to Madrid with two other friends. It was a pleasure experience with Train service punctual. Clear announcement of stops available in English, so we were very happy with the experience.  
  • "Excellent trip to Cordoba"    
    The train was neat, clean and on time. Seats were comfortable, views were great and the staff was polite and helpful.    Convenience
  • "cool"    
    comfortable, cool and on time    Convenience
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