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.

Barcelona Madrid 02:30 € 26
Lisbon Madrid 10:43 € 24
Madrid Seville 02:20 € 28
Barcelona Bilbao 06:20 € 19
Madrid Bilbao 04:52 € 14
Vinaroz Barcelona 01:47 € 8
Barcelona Cordoba 04:10 € 24
Barcelona Murcia Del Carmen 06:47 € 16
Girona Barcelona 00:38 € 15
Barcelona Pamplona 03:45 € 15
La Coruna Barcelona 12:53 € 27
Barcelona Albacete 05:01 € 28
Portbou/cerbere Barcelona 02:12 € 18
Barcelona Zumarraga 04:48 € 43
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 Vitoria 04:38 € 37
Barcelona Burgos 05:34 € 26
Malaga Barcelona 05:45 € 46
Barcelona Castellon De La Plana 02:02 € 11
Benicassim Barcelona 02:21 € 17
Barcelona San Sebastian 05:28 € 25
Barcelona Logrono 03:40 € 17
Barcelona Villena 04:31 € 24
Barcelona Tarragona 01:14 € 6
Barcelona Cerbere 02:51 € 13

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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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. Do I need to book my AVE ticket train?

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

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

  • Q. How many classes does AVE train offer?

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

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

  • Q. How shall I retrieve my AVE tickets?

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

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

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  • "San Sebastian to Madrid"    
    The train was easy, comfortable and very convenient. Note: FOR SOME REASON I WAS UNABLE TO GIVE A RATING FOR "VALUE FOR MONEY". I would give it 5 stars.    Convenience
  • "Undecided about my Opinion "    
    Confortable Train, very smooth ride, it's just that for the price I paid for my ticket I thought the train was Non- Stop. It turns out, the train Between Madrid - Barcelona make several stops along the way, they are short and quick stops, but I wasn't aware of these stops. The Luggage storage fills out very quickly, we put our bags two coaches down from our seats so we had to run to get our bags and get off the train fast when it stopped. You have to be very alert and act quickly when the train stops because the people rush to get off the train and it gets crowded and the time the train stops is very short. Overall it was a great experience and good service.    Convenience
  • "Camino"    
  • "Started with a bus ride"    
    We have always enjoyed train travel in Europe. This trip was good but I didn't realize that we would need to take a bus for over an hour from the Granada train to another train station to get the train to Seville. It was fine but I probably would have checked into taking the bus for the trip from Granada to Seville instead.    Convenience
  • "Excellent Spanish trains"    
    The train from Madrid to Cordoba was fast, smooth and ahead of schedule. Trains were frequent too.  
  • "Turistic trip"    
    I have travelled with my partner from Barcelona to Madrid with AVE high speed train and it was wonderful experience. Train is very fast and comfortable, even at speeds of 300 km/h. Very accurate also.    Convenience
  • "Spain Trip"    
    I was pleased with time keeping, comfort, friendly staff and opportunity to see a large part of Spain from Barcelona to Madrid in about 3 hours (sorry could not rate value of money as the stars were not highting)    Convenience
  • "Smooth and timely arrival..."    
    Our group of seven adults from Malaysia traveled on 13 may 2016. The train is clean, comfortable and efficient.We even had a simple meal onboard their cafe carriage. Very good value for money...rgds Chanykin.    Convenience
  • "Very nice trip"    
    This trip was very nice and comfortable. The high speed train made the journey short and convenient. I enjoyed the lovely scenery throughout the trip. In brief, it was a great experience that I would recommend to everyone.    Convenience
  • "Speed train was Grrrrrrrrreat!"    
    We travelled 1st class. Friendly staff, great service, food    Convenience
  • "Super Comfortable Experience"    
    We had a super comfortable journey. We recommend travel with Rail Europe. Certainly we plan to use Rail Europe on our future visits.    Convenience
  • "excellent"    
    very comfortable, convenient and a great experience  
  • "Luggage rack"    
    The luggage rack for large luggage in the train were all taken up by small and light luggages. The luggage rack for train should be reserved for large and heavy luggage that cannot be lifted or fit into the shelves above the seats. Otherwise the train service is excellent. Excellent value for money(Unable to click star).    Convenience
  • "Tracks under construction"    
    Because the tracks were being worked on, had to take a bus to a point along the way. That was inconvenient but it worked out. Once on the train it was comfortable.    Convenience
  • "nice trip"    
    le voyage etait un peu long mais s est tres bien passe le train est confortable et tres proper et calme    Convenience
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