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
Madrid Seville 02:20 € 28
Bilbao Barcelona 06:40 € 19
Bilbao Madrid 04:52 € 14
Portbou/cerbere Barcelona 02:12 € 18
Barcelona Salou 01:03 € 6
Ponferrada Barcelona 09:28 € 40
Irun Barcelona 05:40 € 25
Miranda De Ebro Barcelona 04:55 € 28
Barcelona Castellon De La Plana 02:02 € 11
Barcelona Vitoria 04:38 € 37
Barcelona Burgos 05:34 € 26
Malaga Barcelona 05:45 € 46
Barcelona Cerbere 02:51 € 13
Albacete Barcelona 05:19 € 37
Tarragona Barcelona 01:15 € 6
Barcelona San Sebastian 05:28 € 25
Barcelona Logrono 03:40 € 17
Barcelona Villena 04:31 € 24
Barcelona Girona 00:37 € 15
Lugo Barcelona 13:24 € 65
Barcelona Leon 07:46 € 33
Barcelona Benicassim 02:15 € 13
Cordoba Barcelona 04:10 € 24
Murcia Del Carmen Barcelona 06:46 € 16
Zumarraga Barcelona 05:04 € 43
Cartagena Barcelona 07:44 € 29
Santiago De Compostela Barcelona 12:23 € 40
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.

Printing option(s) :

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Print your ticket anywhere and anytime before your travel. Skip shipping fees.

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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.

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. Do I need to book my AVE ticket train?

  • Q. How many classes does AVE train offer?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • "Madrid to Pamplona"    
    It is a excellent journey with comfort. I did not feel that I have traveled 3.5 hours.  
  • "nice trip by train"    
    I loved the train so did my friend. Comfortable, convenient, fast. I could just suggest.    Convenience
  • "Two different experiences"    
    The ticket did not have the platform number on it and so while I was trying to find the platform the train left....:(. People around the station were not helpful I had to talk to 6 station workers before I found someone who could tell me where to go. I did catch it on the way back and thought the train itself was good.    Convenience
  • "thanks"    
    many thanks for your kind assist and support rgds    Convenience
  • "Trip"    
    The trip was comfortable economical and convenient .  
  • "thanks"    
    dear all many thanks for your kind assist and support rgds    Convenience
  • "Remarkable trip ever"    
    The trip went smoothly. We enjoyed every minute aboard. 1-st class tourist class can be compared to business class aboard plane. W/C stayed clear till the end. Comfortable luggage shelves. Highly recommended to everyone!!!  
  • "In Spain"    
    The train was very clean, speedy, comfortable, and arrived on time    Convenience
  • "Malaga to Madrid"    
    The entire process of planning and purchasing tickets was seamless it was easy enough once you managed to find the english version of the site to buy tickets online to print them at home. The only issue was the email for receiving the confirmation took 48hours other than that it was easy. The train ride was pleasant and the service was good as well. Would highly recommend the train.    Convenience
  • "amaizing trip with renfe"    
    comortable seat    Convenience
  • "Trip Pamplona to Barcelona"    
    The train is timing and the ticket is easy to understand , even it is not in English. No Q to aboard the train. Making booking is also easy via internet. Great to travel around in Spain by train.    Convenience
  • "Madrid to Barcelona"    
    The train was convenient and comfort. It connected with metro so you can go everywhere easily.    Convenience
  • "Excellent"    
    Great train fast and yet so smooth! My first "bullet" train ride. We touched 290km/hr!    Convenience
  • "Efficient service"    
    Efficient, clean and comfortable. One of the best ways to travel across Spain. For some reason I could not rate the value for money - I would rate that 4 star!    Convenience
  • "comfortable trip from Madrid t"    
    The train trip was excellent, comfortable and very smooth. We nearly missed the train though as we did not realise that the booking confirmation was not actually the ticket!    Convenience
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