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  • Madrid - Barcelona: 02:50
  • Prices from € 32
  • Book up to 60 days in advance
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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
Madrid Lisbon 10:43 € 24
Madrid Seville 02:20 € 28
Bilbao Barcelona 06:40 € 19
Bilbao Madrid 04:52 € 14
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
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 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
Albacete Barcelona 05:19 € 37
Lugo Barcelona 13:24 € 65
Barcelona Leon 07:46 € 33

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

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

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

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

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

  • Q. How many classes does AVE train offer?

  • Q. What does Gender Specific mean?

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  • "An Unexpected Journey"

    I booked my train ticket from Granada to Seville and I was surprised to learn that I would be traveling by bus. At no time was I informed that the trip would be in 2 parts due to construction happening on Granada's train rail. This information needs to be explicitly described when booking in both English    Convenience
  • "Erkan Otag’s experience"

  • "Train Madrid Malaga return"

    We took another train journey from Madrid to Malaga and return and I have to say it is the most comfortable way to travel. We find the service clean, punctual and above all the staff friendly. We would recommend this to flying or driving.  
  • "Great journey"

    The train was clean an comfortable, a little bit late but not too much. The staff very helpfull. Very nice and relaxing trip.    Convenience
  • "Perfect Ride"

    fast, comfortable and departed on time. had a good sleep on train.    Convenience
  • "Spanish holidays"

    The ride between Madrid and Barcelona was smooth and comfortable. Its easy to find the platform and coach. The train in clean and comfortable. We found it was the most convenient way to travel between the two cities.    Convenience
  • "Fast "

    It was our family first time travel in Europe by train as we usual drove wherever convenience. This high speed train was very impressive of its comfort, steady and speedy. We were surprised to the hospitality, food, drink offered, and have to say thank you to those assistants although one of them was not very friendly when I asked for a sparkling wine. The other lady was pleased to send me the drink when I requested again. Overall was V Good.  
  • "Excellent"

    Very nice  
  • "Luggage"

    More space for luggage is required.    Convenience
  • "Madrid Atocha Barcelona"

    The website does not clearly indicate whether the booking is for sleeper or sitting (Chair car). I booked the chair car by mistake. I wanted to book the sleeper as the train was an overnight train taking 10 hours. So, when I reached the station and was told that my ticket was for chair I was quite taken aback. The website should clearly spell out the options available.  
  • "it was a good experience "

    one small suggestion, when the tickets been booked we need to get the train tickets directly to the mailing address. instead of downloading the tickets going through many option. bit confusing.    Convenience
  • "Trip from Madrid to Barcelona"

    Had a wonderful train ride. Journey was only 2-1/2 hours, no waiting time at the airport and train stations are within the city. No more long in-land traveling time.    Convenience
  • "Buisnies trip"

    Very comfortable and pleasant journey , The only problem was that we couldn't make reservation for return tickets by internet Tickets were expensive because we had to buy tickets for one way trip. Generally satisfied with service in train.  
  • "Nice way to travel "

    Wow nice train - 1st class car was great.    Convenience
  • "Flawless!"

    We took 3 train trips in Spain, and all went off without a hitch. I bought the tickets online months in advance and printed our boarding passes at home. We walked right on the trains and took our assigned seats. Nothing easier or convenient than that!    Convenience
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