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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.

Barcelona Madrid 02:30 € 26
Lisbon Madrid 10:43 € 24
Madrid Seville 02:20 € 28
Barcelona Bilbao 06:20 € 19
Bilbao Madrid 04:52 € 14
La Coruna Barcelona 12:53 € 27
Vinaroz Barcelona 01:47 € 8
Malaga Barcelona 05:45 € 46
Barcelona Cerbere 02:51 € 13
Portbou/cerbere Barcelona 02:12 € 18
Barcelona Vitoria 04:38 € 37
Barcelona Murcia Del Carmen 06:47 € 16
Barcelona Irun 05:58 € 17
Salou Barcelona 01:00 € 6
Barcelona Villena 04:31 € 24
Barcelona San Sebastian 05:28 € 25
Barcelona Albacete 05:01 € 28
Barcelona Girona 00:37 € 15
Ponferrada Barcelona 09:28 € 40
Cartagena Barcelona 07:44 € 29
Castellon De La Plana Barcelona 02:21 € 11
Burgos Barcelona 05:55 € 26
Barcelona Cordoba 04:10 € 24
Benicassim Barcelona 02:21 € 17
Miranda De Ebro Barcelona 04:55 € 28
Tarragona Barcelona 01:15 € 6
Barcelona Logrono 03:40 € 17
Zumarraga Barcelona 05:04 € 43
Leon Barcelona 07:53 € 26
Barcelona Benicarlo 01:47 € 11

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.

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

  • Q. How shall I retrieve my AVE tickets?

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

  • Q. How many classes does AVE train offer?

  • Q. What does Gender Specific mean?

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

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

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  • "Valencia to Barcelona"

      Candace a. 
    Everything was great. Received a meal, drinks etc. Only negative was that it was an older train. I've been on new, high-speed trains in Italy and they were very luxurious. This train was older and in need of renovation. But otherwise the service and amenities were excellent. Will travel Renfe again.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Nice train"

      Philip l.  23/02/2015
    Comfortable, clean and pretty much on time, that sums up my trip on Renfe. I would certainly use Renfe again if traveling in Spain.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Valencia to Madrid"

      Ian s.  21/02/2015
    A very efficient train service. Very comfortable. Speed at one point reached 301kph - wow.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Madrid to Malaga"

      Ian s.  21/02/2015
    Put the English train system to shame. Very comfortable, peaceful, on time.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "very good"

      Seonggeol k.  18/02/2015
    fast,comfortable    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Cold Madrid to warm winter sun"

      Jeremy t.  13/02/2015
    Congratulations RENFE, great trains at high speed and arriving exactly on time.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Quick weekend in Sevilla"

      Lisa l.  09/02/2015
    Great and efficient way to escape from Madrid to Sevilla for the weekend. My only wish was there was wifi and/or charging ports on the train. Some day...    Value for money  Convenience
  • "It was easy"

      Mohamed a.  06/02/2015
    Yes . Every thing went easy and smooth as a piece of cake.    Value for money  Convenience

      Syed Siddiq h.  01/02/2015
    Great trip , comfortable train , departed on time , arrived 5 mins early . Overall great experience .    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Comfortable, Easy, Fast"

      Tricia w.  30/01/2015
    Travel by train in Spain was incredibly easy, affordable, and comfortable. Highlight of our trip and provided some great downtime for our kids between busy days of sightseeing.    Value for money  Convenience

      David m.  24/01/2015
    We loved the experience    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Excellent"

      Melody c.  23/01/2015
    Enjoyable train ride, very quiet and smooth journey.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Fast and comfortable"

      Olga z.  19/01/2015
    2,5 hours from city center to city center - fantastic!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Great experience."

      Frederick l.  12/01/2015
    Excellent service in the first class section. Wonderful staff attitude. Very clean and comfort cars and rest rooms. On time. Not a single complaint.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "ok"

      Mika v.  10/01/2015
    there is not enough place for the luggage    Value for money  Convenience
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