Spain’s high-speed AVE train comfortably transports you from the breathtaking monuments of Madrid to the art and design of Barcelona and the fine cuisine in Seville. It all starts with just a little inquisition below.
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Considered one of the most utilized transport hubs in the Spain, the Barcelona Sants Train Station is the primary train station for national and international arrivals and departures. Situated in the west of the city, it is easily reached by bus, taxi or the metro.
The Madrid Atocha Train Station (Madrid Estación de Atocha ) is Madrid's largest train station. The station is exceptional with its steel and glass construction, not to mention the vivid tropical gardens that line its concourse. In addition, travelers can enjoy viewing the permanent display of sculptures found within the station. A relaxing way to spend time before your train departs.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long are train tickets valid for?
Open tickets are valid within 15 days from the first day of validity printed on the ticket. You can travel with an open ticket on any date within the validity period (however, remember: separate reservations may be necessary, depending on the route).
Tickets with reservations are only valid for the train for which the reservation was issued, on that specific travel date and time of travel.
Are train tickets exchangeable and refundable?
- Non Flexible fares, which offer the best value but are generally not exchangeable or refundable
- Semi Flexible Fares, which may be exchanged or refunded prior to departure but may involve a change fee and penalty. Exchanges are only permitted for the same city pair or route originally booked.
- Flexible Fares, which can be exchanged prior to departure and are generally fully refundable with no penalty. Exchanges are only permitted for the same city pair or route originally booked.
When browsing fares on our website, you can read a brief description of each fare flexibility level, and then see the full exchange and refund conditions for each fare by clicking the “read more” link.
Once you have purchased a train ticket from us, its exchange and refund rules will be indicated in your Rail Europe email confirmation, as well as printed with your train ticket and or on the ticket jacket in the case of paper tickets.
Train tickets must be received for exchange or refund within the allowed time frame mentioned in the exchange and refund conditions.
Refunds, when applicable, can only be applied to unused and unvalidated train tickets.
If you’ve purchased the Rail Protection Plan to cover your train ticket, you can exchange it for either the same thing or a new product. To start an exchange under the Rail Protection Plan, please contact us at CustomerRelations@raileurope.com or call 1-800-438-RAIL.
Learn more about refunds & exchanges on tickets & passes booked with Rail Europe in this video.
Travel from Barcelona to Madrid on the AVE high-speed train. Traveling from the center of Barcelona to the center of Madrid, AVE Offers travelers ultimate comfort & speed. Barcelona and Madrid offer breathtaking sights & attractions such as La Sagrada Familia, Picasso Museum and more in Barcelona, and the Prado Museum & Plaza Mayor in Madrid. Of course, this is just a very short list of the main attractions in each city. Both Barcelona and Madrid offer small streets to wander down, and charming parks for some rest & relaxation after a morning of sightseeing!