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
Barcelona Villena 04:31 € 24
Barcelona Cerbere 02:51 € 13
Portbou/cerbere Barcelona 02:12 € 18
Tarragona Barcelona 01:15 € 6
Logrono Barcelona 03:58 € 26
Leon Barcelona 07:53 € 26
Lugo Barcelona 13:24 € 65
Santiago De Compostela Barcelona 12:23 € 40
Barcelona Benicassim 02:15 € 13
Vinaroz Barcelona 01:47 € 8
Castellon De La Plana Barcelona 02:21 € 11
Barcelona Pamplona 03:45 € 15
Barcelona Albacete 05:01 € 28
Burgos Barcelona 05:55 € 26
Barcelona La Coruna 12:52 € 41
Barcelona Cordoba 04:10 € 24
Barcelona Murcia Del Carmen 06:47 € 16
Girona Barcelona 00:38 € 15
Salou Barcelona 01:00 € 6
Barcelona Zumarraga 04:48 € 43
San Sebastian Barcelona 05:28 € 25
Irun Barcelona 05:40 € 25
Miranda De Ebro Barcelona 04:55 € 28
Benicarlo Barcelona 01:52 € 14
Barcelona Cartagena 07:52 € 58

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.

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

  • Q. How shall I retrieve my AVE tickets?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Q. What does Gender Specific mean?

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  • "Perfect"    
    The train is perfect. Quiet, cnfortable and fast.    Convenience
  • "Uncomfortable journey "    
    Very uncooperative staff. I booked prefernce seats online but they gave me tourista plus. The staff didn't understand at all. Seats ver uncomfortable with no leg space.    Convenience
  • "super fast between city centre"    
    fast and convenient with no time wasted travelling to airports and waiting at airports. Travelled "Preferente" and it was good value for money. Very comfortable with lots of legroom for a tall person like me. And the train touches on 300kph without you knowing it as it just glides along noiselessly. The best way to travel for sure.    Convenience
  • "Not good at all"    
    I got a big fine whereas I got flexible ticket ! The confort was very low...    Convenience
  • "Renfe is an airplane in a trai"    
    I love renfe because it has all the amenities of an airplane but in a train.    Convenience
  • "everything is perfect!"    
    Everything is perfect!!!    Convenience
  • "Nice experience "    
    It was just perfect!!!  
  • "My train trip to Leon! "    
    The train ride itself, very comfortable but the station platforms very confusing! Not easily numbered or signposted! Very confusing for travellers from other countries- no station people around to ask for help! But the train very clean and comfortable!    Convenience
  • "Madrid-Valencia"    
    İt's a good and fast way of traveling. Trains are confortable and clean. Unfortunataly the wc was not working while we were going to Valencia :(    Convenience
  • "Very enjoyable way to travel"    
    Our journey from Barcelona to Madrid far exceeded our expectations . It was a great way to see a bit more of the countryside as we sped our way at 300kph in wonderful comfort. We knew we would get lunch onboard but did not expect the 3 course meal with pre dinner drinks and wine with food. The train was spotlessly clean and well attended and I would recommend this journey to anyone.  
  • "Easy traveling"    
    Very comfortable train with lots of space for you luggage and more importantly, feet. Great air conditioning overall and friendly staff at the restaurant. Easy boarding. We bought the tickets online, no complaints there either! :)    Convenience
  • "Madrid to Valencia"    
    A most enjoyable and relaxing trip. Leave the car in the garage and use the trains as there brilliant.  
    Great trip - on time leaving    Convenience
  • "Unforgettable journey"    
    Our train was very comfortable and fast. Most of all we appreciated background music in headphones that was perfect for view from the window.    Convenience
  • "feedback trip Lisboa to Madrid"    
    I was disappointed by this trip. First, we noticed that a lot of security control missed we feel not safe during this trip ( no information, no enter control in the train...). During the trip someone had weird behavior by taking pictures of people when they slept and no one reacted. Before entering in the train we don't have any indication about the number of rail coach and everybody ran to look for the number of the rail coach.  
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