Spain : RENFE

RENFE is the state-owned railway company in Spain. RENFE which means Red Nacional de los Ferrocarriles Españoles in Spanish operates both local and international trains.

Restructured in 2005, RENFE is today one of the biggest public companies in Spain. It employs 14000 people and its revenue was 2.5 billion euros in 2007.

RENFE operates both local and International trains. In Spain, its train network is made up of 15000 km or rail. With the introduction of the High Speed rail line, long distance travel has shortened considerably. Madrid and Seville were linked by high speed as early as 1991. In 2007, trains operating at 300km/h began to serve the Madrid - Barcelona route. Major cities can now be accessed by using AVE, the High Speed train. Such cities are Madrid, Seville, Malaga, Barcelona and Valencia which is just over and 1 hour and a half from Madrid.

Travel duration between major cities is constantly being reduced with the improvement of RENFE’s services.

The Alaris line between Madrid and Valencia is used by moderate speed trains operated by RENFE. The Spanish train company also operated Cernanias (commuter trains) in eleven major metropolitan disctricts such as Madrid and Barcelmona.

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  • offers regular discount! The online fares and the star fares on allows up to 60% discount. Book early and benefit from the lowest prices.
  • If you are planning to travel by night, the Trenhotel service is the ideal solution.
  • Avant services designed for short journeys on high speed trains are available on the Seville-Malaga or Madrid-Toledo route to name a few.

Holder of a Eurail Pass (valid in Spain) can benefit from bonuses and reductions on transports and museums offers.

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