Renfe Spanish high speed trains

Renfe Spanish high speed trains
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  • Madrid - Barcelona: 02:50
  • Prices from AU$ 50
  • 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.

Madrid Barcelona 02:30 AU$ 41
Madrid Lisbon 10:43 AU$ 38
Seville Madrid 02:20 AU$ 52
Barcelona Bilbao 06:20 AU$ 30
Bilbao Madrid 04:52 AU$ 22
Barcelona Villena 04:31 AU$ 38
Barcelona Cerbere 02:51 AU$ 20
Portbou/cerbere Barcelona 02:12 AU$ 28
Tarragona Barcelona 01:15 AU$ 9
Logrono Barcelona 03:58 AU$ 41
Leon Barcelona 07:53 AU$ 41
Lugo Barcelona 13:24 AU$ 102
Santiago De Compostela Barcelona 12:23 AU$ 63
Barcelona Benicassim 02:15 AU$ 20
Vinaroz Barcelona 01:47 AU$ 13
Castellon De La Plana Barcelona 02:21 AU$ 17
Barcelona Pamplona 03:45 AU$ 23
Barcelona Albacete 05:01 AU$ 44
Burgos Barcelona 05:55 AU$ 41
Barcelona La Coruna 12:52 AU$ 64
Barcelona Cordoba 04:10 AU$ 38
Barcelona Murcia Del Carmen 06:47 AU$ 25
Girona Barcelona 00:38 AU$ 23
Salou Barcelona 01:00 AU$ 9
Barcelona Zumarraga 04:48 AU$ 67
San Sebastian Barcelona 05:28 AU$ 39
Irun Barcelona 05:40 AU$ 39
Miranda De Ebro Barcelona 04:55 AU$ 44
Benicarlo Barcelona 01:52 AU$ 22
Barcelona Cartagena 07:52 AU$ 91

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 you board

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.

More details

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

  • Q. What does Gender Specific mean?

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

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

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

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

  • Q. How shall I retrieve my AVE tickets?

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

  • Q. How many classes does AVE train offer?

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

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  • "Speed and Comfort"    
    Nothing could be easier than taking a journey on the Renfe. Trains and super comfortable and smooth as silk on the rails. Before you know it you're at your destination and can even have a snack and drink on the way if there is time. Staff were helpful and of all the trains we caught they were as punctual as can be! can not say enough good things    Convenience
  • "High speed facing backwards"    
    Comfortable journey...I just don't like facing backwards on trains!!    Convenience
  • "Mad-Mal"    
    Excellent, 300km/hr!  
  • "Great Experience"    
    Loved this trip. Wish we had similar in Austrlia.    Convenience
  • "Convenient fast travel"    
    Train is a faster method of travel if you have time restraints. Only negative is limited luggage space.    Convenience
  • "Fast Train"    
    Train departed Madrid and arrived at Barcelona exactly on time was clean and quiet. Would defintely use again.    Convenience
  • "Great trip"    
    Easy travel and comfort    Convenience
  • "Enjoyable travelling by train"    
    Don't have anything negative about the trip. We bought tickets online and saved time (queuing for buying tickets). The train arrived on time and we easily found our reserved seats.    Convenience
  • "On the correct train"    
    After our mistake we made sure we were on the correct train. The journey was comfortable .    Convenience
  • "Madrid to San Sebastian Train"    
    Excellent trip very inexpensive when you book in advance. Very comfortable trip. Would recommend it as the best mode of transport in Europe.    Convenience
  • "Great way to travel"    
    love to travel by train this was a joy highly recommend doing the trip    Convenience
  • "A Dream Come true"    
    A thrill to travel on a really hi-speed train. A wonderful journey, so smooth and so fast. I just loved the on-board music - so relaxing. And the price was so right for me.    Convenience
  • "Good trains bad staff"    
    Travelled Tourista Plus - Renfe trains are good, clean    Convenience
  • "Had better experiences"    
    The staff onboard were friendly and helpful. However for the price of this trip I would have expected free tea, coffee and nibbles for first class passengers like some other European countries. Also there was no Wifi which would have been useful for such a journey.    Convenience
  • "Comfortable trip"    
    The train and the journey were very comfortable.  
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