Renfe Spanish high speed trains
- Madrid - Barcelona: 02:50
- Prices from AU$ 50
- Book up to 60 days in advance
- 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||San Sebastian||05:28||AU$ 39|
|Santiago De Compostela||Barcelona||12:23||AU$ 62|
|Castellon De La Plana||Barcelona||02:21||AU$ 17|
|Barcelona||La Coruna||12:52||AU$ 64|
|Barcelona||Murcia Del Carmen||06:47||AU$ 25|
- 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 optionsBooking :
- 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.
Printing option(s) :
Print @ home
Print your ticket anywhere and anytime before your travel. Skip shipping fees.
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.
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.
Experience the service
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.
OnboardAVE 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.
|First class||First class||Second class|
|Carrier’s designationName of class of service as you might see on your ticket. small>||Club||Preferente||Turista|
|Bar buffet car Access to the bar buffet car where snacks and beverages can be bought. small>|
|Audio system Listen to your favourite tune while enjoying the passing landscape. small>|
|Video screens Ideal for entertainment, some coaches are equipped with screens. small>|
|Kid’s facilities Intuitive board games are available for children. small>|
|Meal and drink A delicious meal and drinks are served at seat on board. small>|
|AVE lounges at station Get the ultimate treat before any trip, or simply an ideal place to continue working. small>|
|On board conference lounge Ideal for business travellers to conduct any urgent meeting. small>|
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.
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.
Interactive Rail Map
- A. The AVE offers 2 first class options they are called Club class and Preferente class. Club class on the AVE offers access to the AVE lounges at the rail stations, large comfortable reclining seats, a selection of video and audio programs at your seat, and friendly staff serves you drinks and light snacks at your seat. This class of service offers tables for each seat. Preferente class on the AVE offers access to the AVE lounges at the rail stations, large comfortable reclining seats, a selection of video and audio programs at your seat, and friendly staff serves you drinks and light snacks at your seat. 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 for purchase.
- A. All passengers with an AVE ticket may carry up to two pieces of hand luggage, for which they will be responsible and which they must store in the designated areas. The total weight limit is 20 kg and the combined dimensions (length + width + height) of each piece of luggage must not be more than 250 cm.
- A. Check-in is usually open 30 minutes before AVE train leaves and is closed 2 minutes before departure. Also, bear in mind that ticket control and passport checks will occur before boarding AVE Trains. For travellers carrying Eurail Pass including Spain – just remember that you need to validate your pass prior to boarding AVE trains and get a reservation.
- A. AVE services offer two different classes of travel: in first class, depending on the train, you will be able to choose between First Class Club and Preferente where you can enjoy a meal served at seat, an access to VIP lounges in the main Spanish railways stations, daily press and free parking (24 hours if you have a single ticket, 48 hours for a return). Turista class, as known as 2nd class, includes a family area, children’s board games, wheelchair facilities as well as audio/video devices.
- A. Yes, you’ll need to reserve your place on AVE trains like in most high speed trains in Europe.
- A. The term "Gender Specific" means that these compartments will not allow male and female passengers to travel in the same compartment. The exception to this condition is if you and your travel companion(s) intend on using all beds within the compartment. Trains in which this condition applies are: Elipsos, CNL, Lusitania, Spanish Night trains.
- A. Yes. If you’re on Turista class, you could buy some nice snacks and beverages to a bar buffet car. On Ave First class, a catering service will deliver you some meal and beverages directly to your seat. You could also get access to an A la Carte service at seat and even a bar service.
- A. High speed AVE trains connect Madrid to cities including Barcelona and Seville, Malaga and Valencia. Travel time between Madrid and Barcelona is 2 hours and 30 minutes. You can also go to Seville from Madrid in 2 hours and 20 minutes. For longer journeys, Barcelona is 5 hours and 45 minutes from Malaga and 5 hours and 37 minutes from Seville.
- A. You can buy all your AVE tickets trains quickly and easily online, with no booking fee, and print them in the convenience of your home.
Q. Should Eurostar, Thalys and other High Speed Train tickets be purchased prior to your departure date?A. Many trains such as the Eurostar offer discounted tickets for advance purchase. These fares have limited availability and sell out quickly. To receive the best price on the train you want to travel on you should purchase your tickets prior to your departure so you can avoid fully booked trains.
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Reviews & ratings Renfe Spanish high speed trains
Overall rating (952)
Overall appreciationExcellent 49% Very good 32% Average 12% Poor 3% Terrible 3%
- "Great Way to Travel" John f. 17/11/2016
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" Jennifer w. 12/11/2016
Yes, it was a good and comfortable ride. Space for luggage restricted. Thank you. Jennifer Wood. Convenience
- "Fast and comfortable" Margaret h. 09/11/2016
We were very pleased with the room available in the seats and the ease of our journey. Convenience
- "Malaga to Madrid early Nov16" Kathleen j. 09/11/2016
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" Mary f. 07/11/2016
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." Bruno w. 06/11/2016
We traveled 'first class' on the AVE from Madrid to Barcelona Convenience
- "Efficient" Christopher b. 04/11/2016
Train travel in Spain is probably the best way to travel all except the longest distances.you don't have to worry about baggage weight and they all run on time I would use again and recommend Convenience
- "What A Pleasure" Aaron p. 03/11/2016
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 " Helen v. 02/11/2016
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" Neville r. 02/11/2016
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
- "excellent way to travel" Kay p. 31/10/2016
great trip, comfortable, fast and vale for money Convenience
- "Spanish trains are great" . 28/10/2016
The spanish trains are fantastic. They are efficient and comfortable
- "Easy and quick trip" Matthew h. 27/10/2016
Renfe service between Madrid and Barcelona served us well. We connected straight onto the Metro in Barcelona on arrival and was easy to get to our hotel. Convenience
- "AVE" Richard g. 27/10/2016
as always, the Spanish high speed train system was excellent Convenience
- "Excellent" . 26/10/2016
Very well organised.