Renfe Spanish high speed trains

Renfe Spanish high speed trains

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  • Madrid - Barcelona: 02:50
  • Prices from 2,645
  • 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 2,190
Madrid Lisbon 10:43 2,000
Seville Madrid 02:20 2,748
Barcelona Bilbao 06:20 1,620
Bilbao Madrid 04:52 1,231
Burgos Barcelona 05:55 2,174
Barcelona Cordoba 04:10 2,033
Barcelona Girona 00:37 1,314
Ponferrada Barcelona 09:28 3,376
Barcelona Benicarlo 01:47 979
Barcelona Cerbere 02:51 1,116
Barcelona Logrono 03:40 1,475
Portbou/cerbere Barcelona 02:12 1,496
Barcelona Zumarraga 04:48 3,583
Barcelona Benicassim 02:15 1,136
Barcelona Malaga 05:45 4,831
Barcelona Irun 05:58 1,479
Barcelona Albacete 05:01 2,388
Barcelona La Coruna 12:52 3,393
Barcelona Murcia Del Carmen 06:47 1,393
Barcelona Pamplona 03:45 1,285
Leon Barcelona 07:53 2,227
Lugo Barcelona 13:24 5,438
Barcelona Cartagena 07:52 4,793
Barcelona Salou 01:03 517
Vitoria Barcelona 04:47 2,062
Barcelona Miranda De Ebro 04:38 2,107
Vinaroz Barcelona 01:47 719
Castellon De La Plana Barcelona 02:21 971
Barcelona Tarragona 01:14 517
Barcelona San Sebastian 05:28 2,120

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.

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

  • Q. What does Gender Specific mean?

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

  • Q. How many classes does AVE train offer?

  • 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 shall I retrieve my AVE tickets?

  • 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 luggage can I carry onboard AVE trains?

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  • "Trouble free,excellent journey"    
    Excellent service.We booked and printed tickets on line which scanned easily on day of journey. All baggage x rayd so great security before entering platform. Allocated seating upon booking. Train on time. Value for money 5 stars. (auto star system not working. )22 euros per person each way.    Convenience
  • "To MAdrid"    
    my trip was great but I was wonder that the crew was not speaking English and she couldn't understand me once I order.    Convenience
  • "Thanks"    
    I enjoyed in my travel with RAILEUROPE. It was my first journey with them.  
  • "Speedy and comfortable"    
    In all honesty, wasn't expecting the service to as speedy and comfortable as it was. Got to Barcelona in well under 3 hours. Highly recommended!    Convenience
  • "Memorable high speed journey"    
    The journey from Sevilla to Granada was amazing to say the least. Travelling at high speed through the Spanish countryside was worth every minute that we were on the train, though there is a longer segment that one needs to travel by bus for a substantial portion as the train track is being upgraded. The unavailability of wifi was a disappointment though.The trains are clean and very comfortable with a lot of legroom and nice seats.    Convenience
  • "Great Value for money"    
    Clean comfortable train with lots of leg room in 2nd class. Few too many stops, and arrived a bit late.    Convenience
  • "Great experience"    
    Right from punctuality to customer service and overall journey experience was just fabulous. Great work and highly appreciated. Keep up the great job.    Convenience
  • "Service"    
    Very good service  
  • "Barcelona to Girona "    
    No complaints-Very nice trip!    Convenience
  • "trip was comfortable."    
    was good    Convenience
  • "Journey"    
    Superb journey. Only suggestion please have more vegetarian options in cafeteria.  
  • "Excellent service"    
    I travelled from Madrid to Malaga and back on the high speed train. Both trips really good and had a relaxed comfortable journey. Trains on time and extremely well organised. Good value too especially if you book well ahead on line.    Convenience
  • "Terrific journey"    
    Malaga and Cordoba stations were well signed and easy to navigate. The journey was economical, fast, comfortable, on time and compared with UK trains very spacious. Thank you.    Convenience
  • "comfortable"    
    everything was super! I wish the entrance has no levels so that we can just roll in and out the heavy luggage.    Convenience
  • "Travel with Renfe "    
    I enjoyed very much my trip in your train from Paris to Barcelona , Cordoba , Seville , Valencia then coming back to Paris . I appreciate your exactness of the schedule in time .    Convenience
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