Renfe Spanish high speed trains

Renfe Spanish high speed trains

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  • Madrid - Barcelona: 02:50
  • Prices from ₹ 2,520
  • 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 ₹ 2,047
Lisbon Madrid 10:43 ₹ 1,890
Madrid Seville 02:20 ₹ 2,205
Barcelona Bilbao 06:20 ₹ 1,496
Madrid Bilbao 04:52 ₹ 1,102
Vinaroz Barcelona 01:47 ₹ 630
Portbou/cerbere Barcelona 02:12 ₹ 1,417
Salou Barcelona 01:00 ₹ 472
Santiago De Compostela Barcelona 12:23 ₹ 3,150
Barcelona Vitoria 04:38 ₹ 2,913
Villena Barcelona 04:43 ₹ 1,890
Burgos Barcelona 05:55 ₹ 2,047
Barcelona Cordoba 04:10 ₹ 1,890
La Coruna Barcelona 12:53 ₹ 2,126
Barcelona Leon 07:46 ₹ 2,598
Barcelona Girona 00:37 ₹ 1,181
Ponferrada Barcelona 09:28 ₹ 3,150
Irun Barcelona 05:40 ₹ 1,969
Miranda De Ebro Barcelona 04:55 ₹ 2,205
Barcelona Lugo 12:54 ₹ 2,913
Barcelona Benicarlo 01:47 ₹ 866
Tarragona Barcelona 01:15 ₹ 472
Barcelona Logrono 03:40 ₹ 1,339
Barcelona Cerbere 02:51 ₹ 1,024
Albacete Barcelona 05:19 ₹ 2,913
San Sebastian Barcelona 05:28 ₹ 1,969
Barcelona Zumarraga 04:48 ₹ 3,386
Murcia Del Carmen Barcelona 06:46 ₹ 1,260
Cartagena Barcelona 07:44 ₹ 2,283
Barcelona Benicassim 02:15 ₹ 1,024
Barcelona Malaga 05:45 ₹ 4,567
Barcelona Castellon De La Plana 02:02 ₹ 866

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 boarding

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. Do I need to book my AVE ticket train?

  • Q. How many classes does AVE train offer?

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

  • Q. How shall I retrieve my AVE tickets?

  • Q. What does Gender Specific mean?

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

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

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

  • 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?

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  • "App isnt available in Denmark"    
    Mobile App isnt available in Denmark, beside that everything is good    Convenience
    We enjoyed the 3 hours trip to Madrid with entertainment (movie) and comfortable seats. Then in Madrid we take it again to Toledo (about 30 mins.)    Convenience
  • "Just fantastic."    
    We have had three long trips on Renfe,run perfectly on time,are very comfortable,smooth and quiet . Look fwd to our next trip.    Convenience
  • "I got what I needed."    
    I really got what I needed and what I wanted. Very convenient trip, easy online booking. Everything is good.    Convenience
  • "I’ve got what I needed."    
    I've got just what I needed and wanted. Easy online booking and purchase; convenient schedule; comfort enough even for the family travel. Grasias !    Convenience
  • "A good, quick option"    
    The train from Madrid to Barcelona is a good, fast transfer option between the 2 cities. The chairs were comfortable and clean and the workers on the train were friendly. We would have appreciated wifi on the train and more secure storage space for the luggage. I would have liked to have more options and better prices on the cafeteria food menu.    Convenience
  • "Nice trip"    
    Train arrived on time. Seats were comfortable, lot of leg room, conditioning system was OK for winter (not hot and not cold). There is special place for big suitcases in every train car. Everything was OK.    Convenience
  • "comfortable with service"    
    It was a nice surprise that we were offered lunch at our trip. First time I experience this at a train. Much space for feet; really comfortable. At our return trip we were seated opposite a couple although the waggon was otherwise almost empty. Expensive tickets though.    Convenience
  • "An okay option"    
    The train arrived on time. I would have preferred if wifi was offered on the train as it is an 11-hour trip. The chairs were not very comfortable for an 11-hour overnight ride. It would be much better if the seats reclined or were a bit wider. Also, the luggage storage area was a bit small.    Convenience
  • "Relaxing transit "    
    Our transit from Madrid to Barcelona was very pleasant. The staff were excellent and the lunch provided was very good.    Convenience
  • "Perfect way to Travel"    
    the Renfe high speed train was very comfortable and clean and convenient. It took our family from the center of Barcelona to Madrid center smoothly. It was a little pricey - close to airplane fare, but you avoid the travel to and from airport and the more stringent security check    Convenience
  • "Special Meals"    
    The train ride experience has always been excellent. I normally take the first class ticket for comfort. Meals were served but since I only take halal food, I have not had the opportunity to enjoy this service. On my Madrid - Seville trip, I asked the hostess about this. I was told that I could order a "special menu" at least 24 hours before the trip. I tried searching for this option on the website for the Cordoba - Madrid trip but failed to find it. If it is available on the website, some effort should be made to make this option "more conspicuous". I am definitely sure many others like me do travel on your train. Having this option for "special meals" would surely make your train a much more attractive choice of transport.    Convenience
  • "Too good to forget."    
    No hassle at all in booking, taking the train and arrival. So ease to be a part of our trip that we don't even have recollection for a 13 day abroad traveling. Superb.    Convenience
  • "Madrid to Seville return"    
    Clean, safe, spacious and fast. A great trip although a little expensive.    Convenience
  • "Travel With Style"    
    My 2 adult children and I wanted to travel to Madrid by flying but was advised by a friend to use the AVE train instead. Indeed we never reqretted our decision. The process from the security control to the boarding of the train was smooth. We enjoyed our ride and arrived with big smiles on our faces.    Convenience
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