Renfe Spanish high speed trains

Renfe Spanish high speed trains

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  • Madrid - Barcelona: 02:50
  • Prices from AU$51
  • 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 by train during the day is a great way to see a country’s secrets. The Alta Velocidad Espanola (AVE) is the best way to see what Spain has to offer. The high speed AVE travels at speeds of 300km/h across the Spanish RENFE network. AVE trains are modern and comfortable. Passengers can sit back and relax as they shoot from one end of the country to the other, stopping at pretty towns and major bustling cities along the way.

Popular journeys and travel durations

AVE high speed trains operated by RENFE reach several destinations in Spain. The most important cities which are on the RENFE newtwork are Madrid, Seville, Barcelona and Malaga.

Barcelona Madrid 02:30 AU$42
Madrid Lisbon 10:43 AU$39
Madrid Seville 02:20 AU$46
Bilbao Barcelona 06:40 AU$31
Bilbao Madrid 04:52 AU$24
Barcelona Pamplona 03:45 AU$25
Barcelona Albacete 05:01 AU$46
Barcelona Murcia Del Carmen 06:47 AU$27
Barcelona Cartagena 07:52 AU$93
Castellon De La Plana Barcelona 02:21 AU$19
Vinaroz Barcelona 01:47 AU$14
Barcelona Tarragona 01:14 AU$10
Portbou/cerbere Barcelona 02:12 AU$29
Barcelona San Sebastian 05:28 AU$41
Salou Barcelona 01:00 AU$10
Zumarraga Barcelona 05:04 AU$69
Santiago De Compostela Barcelona 12:23 AU$65
Malaga Barcelona 05:45 AU$75
Benicassim Barcelona 02:21 AU$27
Villena Barcelona 04:43 AU$39
Barcelona Vitoria 04:38 AU$60
La Coruna Barcelona 12:53 AU$44
Burgos Barcelona 05:55 AU$42
Barcelona Cordoba 04:10 AU$39
Barcelona Leon 07:46 AU$54
Barcelona Girona 00:37 AU$25
Irun Barcelona 05:40 AU$41
Miranda De Ebro Barcelona 04:55 AU$46
Barcelona Lugo 12:54 AU$60
Ponferrada Barcelona 09:28 AU$65
Barcelona Benicarlo 01:47 AU$19
Barcelona Logrono 03:40 AU$29

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

Getting around Spain by train couldn’t be easier with Renfe, the Spanish rail system. The high speed AVE trains whisk passengers up and down the country on the broad Renfe network, in comfort and style.

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Before boarding

If you are visiting major Spanish cities for the first time, make sure you get to the train stations early to figure out where you are meant to take your train.

Please note that your tickets and passports will be checked before you board the AVE trains, operated by RENFE.


AVE trains, operated by RENFE, have three classes of service to choose from. There’s Club (business class) Preferente (first class) and Tourist (second class). All classes offer facilities for disabled travellers and have comfortable seats and friendly staff on hand throughout the journey, as well as in-seat audio and video programmes. Club and Preferente passengers also benefit from snacks and meals served at their seat and access to lounges.
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 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 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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Train travellers taking the high speed AVE trains around Spain are in for a treat. The Spanish rail operator Renfe offers style and class onboard the famous trains.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Q. How shall I retrieve my AVE tickets?

  • Q. How many classes does AVE train offer?

  • Q. What does Gender Specific mean?

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  • "Easy "    
    Comfortable train, easy booking, check in and boarding process. Travel with rail Europe every time I am in Europe.    Convenience
  • "Recommend travel by rail"    
    Being first time travelers to Europe by train . It would have to be the best and convenient mode of transport within Europe    Convenience
  • " Very good trains"    
    A comfortable trip was had by all, thank you. A little more help needed at station as no one seemed interested in helping otherwise this would be a five star repot.    Convenience
  • "Night train to Lisbon "    
    Excellent trip. Slept really well. Only negative was they had no supplies of red wine on board and had to have white!    Convenience
  • "Review"    
    Great way to travel between Madrid and Barcelona. Signage could be better at Madrid station.  
  • "Great Way to Travel"    
    We did a trip from Barcelona to Madrid and return on the High Speed Train and would recommend this as the way to travel across Spain - quick, comfortable and convenient.    Convenience
  • "Good trip"    
    Yes, it was a good and comfortable ride. Space for luggage restricted. Thank you. Jennifer Wood.    Convenience
  • "Fast and comfortable"    
    We were very pleased with the room available in the seats and the ease of our journey.    Convenience
  • "Malaga to Madrid early Nov16"    
    First class. Very comfortable, good service, nice food, extremely clean carriage and quiet. Overall excellent. Second time I have done this trip in two years. Last time was second class, you really notice the difference with first class and the extra $$ are worth it. We are seniors residing in Australia, who regularly to Spain to visit family. Will always catch the train over flying    Convenience
  • "Excellent trip"    
    Train travel very comfortable, given 2 seats as solo traveler and left on time and arrived on time. Efficient.    Convenience
  • "AVE Train Travel in Spain."    
    We traveled 'first class' on the AVE from Madrid to Barcelona    Convenience
  • "Efficient"    
    Train travel in Spain is probably the best way to travel all except the longest don't have to worry about baggage weight and they all run on time I would use again and recommend    Convenience
  • "What A Pleasure"    
    I was very surprised at the comfort and convenience (not to mention the great price) of travelling from Barcelona to Pamplona. The trip was so smooth I couldn't believe I was actually in a train.    Convenience
  • "Relaxing and convenient "    
    Train was clean and on time. Rail stations were in the centre and easily accessible by foot from our accommodation. The actual journey was very smooth and you are unaware of the actual speed you are travelling at.    Convenience
  • "memorable train trip"    
    Although we travelled as a group of four, we were not seated together, opposite each other as we expected, even though such seating was available, however the seating was comfortable, coaches were clean and conductors and staff helpful. We enjoyed the trip and will definitely travel with Renfe Spanish trains again.    Convenience
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