Renfe Spanish high speed trains

Renfe Spanish high speed trains

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

  • Madrid - Barcelona: 02:50
  • Prices from AU$52
  • Book up to 60 days in advance
  • E-ticket
  • High Speed trains


AVE High Speed Train


Renfe Spanish high speed trains

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.

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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. Learn more

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« Comfortable train, easy booking, check in and boarding process. Travel with rail Europe every time I am in Europe. »

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

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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.
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.

A class apart


Classes of service

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.

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Travel from lucerne to barcelona Hi! I will be travelling from Lucerne to Barcelona in April and I would like to know the cheapest way of getting there excluding flights and car.

meagan c. | 30 de xineru de 2016 answered | 2 Comments
Advantage of rail pass vs point to point sale Hi, I was about to book a Spain Pass and have done a search on RENFE trains for about 5 various point to point prices and times. I am still not sure what the advantage is of having a Eurail pass. Will there a booking fee charged for (...)

Annalouise P. | 20 de avientu de 2015 answered | 0 Comments
Valencia to madrid jan 2016 I want to travel from Valencia to Madrid in Spain on 12th Jan 2016 but the AVE train options don't appear after 10th Jan. Is there a change in schedule as the only available option is a 6 hour journey which does not appear until 11th (...)

Andrew W. | 15 de payares de 2015 answered | 0 Comments
Travelling from lisbon to san sebastion - over night train - i belive it will be on th renfe train how far can i book in advance (...) would like to know how far in advance I can book the 9.12 pm train from lisbon to San sebastian travelling in group of 4 - 2 couples - is it possible with the 1st class ticket to obtain 2 cabins with 2 beds (...)

john k. | 11 de payares de 2015 answered | 0 Comments
Ave train reservation - late december Hi, I have a "Select Eurail pass" and I am trying to reserve seats on AVE for the following two routes: Barcelona to Madrid on 26/12/15 Madrid to Seville on 30/12/15 When I search for trains in the "Seat reservations" section, there are no AVE (...)

Bill B. | 31 de ochobre de 2015 answered | 0 Comments

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Reviews & ratings

Overall rating (952)
  • Convenience
    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! "

  • Review |
    "Great way to travel between Madrid and Barcelona. Signage could be better at Madrid station. "

  • Convenience
    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. "

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