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
Girona Barcelona 00:38 € 15
Barcelona Pamplona 03:45 € 15
Barcelona La Coruna 12:52 € 41
Barcelona Cordoba 04:10 € 24
Barcelona Murcia Del Carmen 06:47 € 16
Portbou/cerbere Barcelona 02:12 € 18
Barcelona Zumarraga 04:48 € 43
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
Ponferrada Barcelona 09:28 € 40
Barcelona Burgos 05:34 € 26
Barcelona Castellon De La Plana 02:02 € 11
Benicassim Barcelona 02:21 € 17
Barcelona Vitoria 04:38 € 37
Barcelona Malaga 05:45 € 58
Barcelona Logrono 03:40 € 17
Barcelona Villena 04:31 € 24
Barcelona Cerbere 02:51 € 13
Albacete Barcelona 05:19 € 37
Tarragona Barcelona 01:15 € 6
Barcelona San Sebastian 05:28 € 25

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.

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

  • Q. How many classes does AVE train offer?

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

  • Q. How shall I retrieve my AVE tickets?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • "Catch up Barcelona and Madrid"    
    We very much enjoyed our trip taking us from visiting Grandchildren in Barcelona to wedding in Madrid in just a short weekend from Norway. Great comfort - time effective. Looking forward to next time. NB Not possible to click for Value for money stars - 5 stars !    Convenience
  • "Effortless way of travelling."    
    Clean trains. Left on time. Great aircon. What a wonderful way to travel from City Centre to City Centre. Great value for money . Helpful on board staff. Will travel again on Refe. Thanks    Convenience
  • "Family trip"    
    I've made a trip from Barcelona to Madrid with my family. We all liked it. My 9 years old daughter enjoyed all parts of this travel. Thanks raileurope. We will see eachother again.    Convenience
  • "First time on AVE Renfe"    
    Everything was very smooth, train was on time and all in all a fabulous experience. I would however like to choose my own seat during ticket purchase rather than have the system allocate for me.  
  • "Please add pictures of class"    
    it is important to know whether ticket we are going to purchase is a chair car or a sleeper one , while i booked , photo shown did not resemble the actual . We expected sleeper where as it was a chair car , sitting for almost 11 hours is difficult that too whole night . So please ensure that while booking itself customer knows what he is booking , sleeper or chair car .  
  • "Great journey"    
    On Time, excellent service and very organised    Convenience
  • "Excellent"    
    However, They would not accommodate me and my wife together as she was in another seat    Convenience
  • "perfect trip"    
    fast, comfortable en on time    Convenience
  • "Easy way to travel "    
    We loved our train trip, no airports, fast, comfortable, staff were excellent and closer to the city centres we were visiting.    Convenience
  • "Very comfortable"    
    The train journey was extremely comfortable. I didn't realise my ticket came with a meal, but unfortunately as I don't eat meat I didn't have anything. If you don't want to eat meat, you need to let the company know 24 hours in advance. The train was lovely, smooth and quiet!  
  • "A great trip"    
    A comfortable ride in a very clean train  
  • "Valencia to Barcelona"    
    Almost all was ok, the trains were on time, the seating areas were clean and the seating easy to find and comfortable. The only negative was the terrible state of the toilets on both journeys, not good at all.    Convenience
  • "Family trip"    
    We had a family trip to Spain, and this is the first time we had used the Renfe high speed train. We booked seats in the Tourist section. The train was clean, comfortable and convenient, and easy to use. We would definitely make use of the train again. Only one comment - it would be useful to have a Wifi facility on the train.    Convenience
  • "Very late arrival"    
    When I came to y 6:20 train to Seville there was a strick. No body announced by mail, no body was there to direct us. When I finally found the service they just said coldly that I will be able to go on the 8:30 train, thats it, no explanation, no offers for compensation. I arrived to Seville very late and needed to delay my meeting. I should have taken a flight. Soryy this is not a good service and a very bitter taste    Convenience
  • "First European Train Ride"    
    I bought two first class tickets from San Sebastian to Barcelona. The ride was comfortable and spacious.    Convenience
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