Renfe Spanish 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
Tarragona Barcelona 01:15 € 6
Barcelona Logrono 03:40 € 17
Leon Barcelona 07:53 € 26
Zumarraga Barcelona 05:04 € 43
Villena Barcelona 04:43 € 24
Barcelona Pamplona 03:45 € 15
Barcelona Lugo 12:54 € 37
Santiago De Compostela Barcelona 12:23 € 40
Barcelona Castellon De La Plana 02:02 € 11
Barcelona Benicassim 02:15 € 13
La Coruna Barcelona 12:53 € 27
Girona Barcelona 00:38 € 15
San Sebastian Barcelona 05:28 € 25
Barcelona Cartagena 07:52 € 58
Vinaroz Barcelona 01:47 € 8
Barcelona Burgos 05:34 € 26
Malaga Barcelona 05:45 € 46
Barcelona Cerbere 02:51 € 13
Portbou/cerbere Barcelona 02:12 € 18
Cordoba Barcelona 04:10 € 24
Barcelona Vitoria 04:38 € 37
Barcelona Miranda De Ebro 04:38 € 25
Barcelona Irun 05:58 € 17
Barcelona Murcia Del Carmen 06:47 € 16
Albacete Barcelona 05:19 € 37
Salou Barcelona 01:00 € 6
Benicarlo Barcelona 01:52 € 14

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

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

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

  • Q. How many classes does AVE train offer?

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

  • Q. What does Gender Specific mean?

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

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  • " Rail is the way to go. "

      Shahed a. 
    Could be more liberal with tourist travelling with box, that may be classified as baggage. This suggestion come with our recent experience in Marino Zambrano, Malaga to Madrid, we were told just before entering the train our Glass lamps box cartons were not luggage. Thereafter the gentleman who stopped us spoke to his superior over the phone and took permission I presume, and allowed us to board the train.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "easy and cheap"

      Igor n.  25/05/2015
    it was much easear and cheaper than rent a car. You need not drive in big city, you need no parking.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Great trip"

      Alexis d.  23/05/2015
    Great trip! The train was late but we still arrived on time.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Great Trip"

      Catherine w.  22/05/2015
    The trains were clean and on time. Staff was very accommodating and friendly. Couldn't have asked for a better ride. I do wish there was wifi available on the train though!    Value for money  Convenience

      Ajit t.  22/05/2015
    EXCELLENT FAST TRAIN AND BANG ON TIME .    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Pleasant and comfortable ride"

      Brenda Lisabeth m.  18/05/2015
    My trip from Barcelona to Madrid on 6th May 2015 was a very pleasant and comfortable journey. It was my first trip on a European rail service and I was very impressed with the service, comfort and convenience.    Convenience
  • "Madrid to Barcelona and back "

      Umer a.  18/05/2015
    It was an excellent service. Easy to book online ahead of time. Easy to check in. The train was clean. The seats were comfortable. Would be better if pillows were provided as well. Cafeteria was nice and had enough options available for the journey. Over all the experience was excellent.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "More Info for Non-Europeans"

      Frances Claudine m.  17/05/2015
    It was our first time to travel by train in Europe. We didn't know how to get to the train station but we managed to find it. We could have used more information and instructions on how to find the station.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Good"

      Chi Chiu p.  17/05/2015
    Good, comfort and reliable services    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Easy and comfortable"

      Elaine g.  17/05/2015
    My son and I traveled from Madrid Atocha to Toledo in early May. The train was easy to find and board, and was on time to leave and arrive. The seats were so comfortable that I slept the whole way!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "nice trains"

      Patrick d.  16/05/2015
    the train was very clean-lots of leg room on seats-nice smooth ride -good service ----everything was perfect ----will use the train again later in year Thank You Patrick-Judy    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Train trip to Malaga"

      Paulomi k.  16/05/2015
    The journey from Madrid to Malaga was a cool one. Rail Europe trains are comfortable and convenient. We were in the 1st Class and were served well. The only downside was the cabin attendants who behaved arrogantly and had a snooty attitude.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Trip to Spain"

      Ahmad Wizan m.  15/05/2015
    We had a great time enjoying travelling by the renfe high speed train. The train travel very fast at maximum speed of 300 km/h. While travelling on the train, we did enjoy the great view of spanish country. We reached Barcelona just in 2.5 hours after departing Madrid. It was a great memories after visiting Spain with the all good transportation services provided. Hope to visit Spain again.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "First Train Ride"

      Norton l.  13/05/2015
    Great trip.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Great AVE"

      Lok Hin l.  13/05/2015
    The AVE Train is great for travelling in Spain. Comfortable and Convenience.    Value for money  Convenience
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