Renfe Spanish high speed trains

Spanish day trains. High speed AVE connection between cities like Madrid, Barcelona, Seville etc.

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Renfe Spanish high speed trains network

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
Barcelona Bilbao 06:20 € 19
Bilbao Madrid 04:52 € 14
Santiago De Compostela Barcelona 12:23 € 40
Logrono Barcelona 03:58 € 26
Barcelona Miranda De Ebro 04:38 € 25
Barcelona Benicassim 02:15 € 13
Barcelona 03:36 € 16
Barcelona Cartagena 07:52 € 58
Malaga Barcelona 05:45 € 46
Vinaroz Barcelona 01:47 € 8
Barcelona Lugo 12:54 € 37
Port Bou Barcelona 02:12 € 18
Barcelona Murcia Del Carmen 06:47 € 16
Barcelona Leon 07:46 € 33
Barcelona Irun 05:58 € 17
Salou Barcelona 01:00 € 6
Benicarlo Barcelona 01:52 € 14
San Sebastian Barcelona 05:28 € 25
Zumarraga Barcelona 05:04 € 43
Barcelona Villena 04:31 € 24
Barcelona Tarragona 01:14 € 6
Vitoria Barcelona 04:47 € 24
Barcelona Albacete 05:01 € 28
Barcelona Girona 00:37 € 15
Barcelona Burgos 05:34 € 26
Ponferrada Barcelona 09:28 € 40
Castellon De La Plana Barcelona 02:21 € 11
Barcelona Cerbere 02:51 € 13
Barcelona Cordoba 04:10 € 24
Barcelona 13:15 € 34
Barcelona La Coruna 12:52 € 41

Booking & Ticket delivery

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.

Ticket delivery 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.


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. Turista class offers good value for money, and you can also easily upgrade to 1st class- Club or Preferente.
  • 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. 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. When do I need to check in before boarding an AVE train?
  • Q. Should Eurostar, Thalys and other High Speed Train tickets be purchased prior to your departure date?
  • Q. How shall I retrieve my AVE tickets?
  • Q. Is there a catering service onboard AVE trains?
  • Q. How many luggage can I carry onboard AVE trains?
  • 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. Do I need to book my AVE ticket train?

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    valencia to sevilla

    fast and cheapest way, thx

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    "easy first time experience"

      Carolyn d. 
    Fast train is not available for this route. It was easy to book and print tickets. No WiFi or proper meals - only light or snacks. Lots of leg space for big people compared to plane.    Value for money  Convenience

    "comfortable, easy, and on time"

      Mardee s.  25/08/2014
    renfe spanish fulfilled our expectations and is what you hope train travel to be    Value for money  Convenience

    "not the last time"

      Khalid a.  25/08/2014
    This trip was one of the 1st train trips that I had between cities , and it was very comfortable that I slept during the trip .    Value for money  Convenience

    "Like the RENFE train"

      Noraini Binte a.  25/08/2014
    Convenience    Value for money  Convenience

    "No troli"

      Sameh b.  23/08/2014
    I was traveling with my family , with lots of luggage once we reached our destination we couldn't find any thing to help us put our bags on , troli or someone to help , and there was only one lift that all people went to . That was the worst part in the trip    Value for money  Convenience

    "Too Small luggage area"

      Moriaki t.  22/08/2014
    It was confort. Only one problem of the luggage space was too small. Many persons were put big luggage on overhead console. I hope improve in this regard.    Convenience

    "Small luggae space"

      Moriaki t.  22/08/2014
    The train was best confortability, and clean. Only one problem with luggage space which to small. If there is the possible, make space in back of the seat.    Convenience

    "Comfortable and timely"

      Dorte d.  20/08/2014
    The trip was lovely, good service, on time and great views of the country. The movie was in Spanish, but we entertained ourselves during the trip instead. It was a comfortable ride - the food was ok and the drinks plentyful.    Value for money  Convenience

    "AC Not Working"

      Gaurav k.  20/08/2014
    While returning back from Valencia to Barcelona I was sitting in coach 10. There were around 20 people sitting in that coach. AC was not working. After nearly 2 hours I asked a staff why AC is not working and she said its working in other caoches. I was shocked to hear that, and till 2 hours no one cared to inform us    Value for money  Convenience

    "clean, efficient, comfortable"

      Kelley h.  20/08/2014
    We enjoyed our 3 hour train ride from Madrid to Barcelona. The Atocha station was easy to use and the gardens inside very beautiful. The train was clean, modern, and comfortable. All the staff was very helpful.    Value for money  Convenience

    "Pleasant experience"

      Valentin c.  19/08/2014
    I have experience already with TGV en France last 7 years.Wonderful and easy trip with RENFE in order to visit a famous city Toledo (Old City of Spain). Good schedule (timetable) of the train in order to plan a visit one day (to make a suitable time). In addition - It' s easy tobuy the electronic tickets a few days before by internet banking My trip on July 30.2014    Value for money  Convenience

    "Pleasant Trip"

      Salahaddin d.  18/08/2014
    The trip was very convenient. I would like to suggest to have more options for the cafeteria; like food and snacks. Also, the places for bags are very limited and all customers struggled to find place for their baggages. I suggest you allocate more space and each car should have its own place. Many thanks and I really enjoyed the trip and my family was very happy. Thanks again    Value for money  Convenience

    "Just ok"

      Dorothy s.  17/08/2014
    It was OK better platform indication. We booked Amsterdam to London but we were ended up rushing as it was separated train company and the transit time was less than 1 hour. If we arrived late at Brussels we couldn't make it to catch the Eurostar to London.  


      Oksana b.  17/08/2014
    Paid slightly more for the ticket for convenience of having it pre booked but a nice trip    Value for money  Convenience

    "spain trip"

      Marie b.  14/08/2014
    Renfe is just wonderful and it's the best way to travel from a place to another in spain.    Value for money  Convenience

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