Renfe Spanish high speed trains
The train in Spain : The AVE train
- Madrid - Barcelona: 02:50
- Prices from $38
- Book up to 60 days in advance
- High Speed trains
Renfe Spanish high speed trains
Looking to explore the beauty that is Spain ? The AVE is a high speed train in Spain that allows travelers to experience all that the illustrious region has to offer. Plan on breathing the fresh air of Madrid, Seville, Malaga, Barcelona and Valencia. Effortlessly travel by train from Madrid to Barcelona or Madrid to Seville inside one of the window-lined, high-tech AVE cars.
Known for its speed, reasonable fares and flexible schedules, the AVE train remains the ideal form of transportation for savvy travelers. The family-friendly Economy Class, features reserved seats, a nursery and play area with children’s board games. The Comfort Class passenger will enjoy plenty of room, plus video and audio service at every seat. Of course, Premier is just that : elegant simplicity with room to unwind and amenities to match. You’ll also find air-conditioning, pay phones and a buffet car. In fact, when it comes to comfort on board, you could say they went a little overboard.
Ticket control and passport checks will occur at the station before boarding the AVE train. It’s also important to note that the entire train is non-smoking, with the platform closing 2 minutes prior to the trains’ departure time.
The Ave Train in Spain. Vive la difference.
More detailsRenfe is the national rail operator in Spain. The company operates passenger trains on the Spanish national rail network. Among the trains that Renfe operates, are the Ave trains which are modern and comfortable trains. Learn more
|Santiago De Compostela||Barcelona||12:23||$49|
|Barcelona||Murcia Del Carmen||06:47||$20|
|Miranda De Ebro||Barcelona||04:55||$35|
|Barcelona||Castellon De La Plana||02:02||$14|
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- 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.
A class apart
Classes of service
|Second class||First class||First class|
|Rail Carrier DesignationClass of service for the Rail Carrier, as you might see on your ticket.||Turista||Preferente||Club|
|Food & beverages Enjoy a drink and delicious meal, served right at your seat.|
|Conference lounge Conduct an urgent meeting in the on-board conference lounge.|
|Exclusive AVE Lounge At the station, enjoy the atmosphere and services of an AVE lounge, perfect to relax or catch up on some work before your trip.|
|In-car video screens While the scenery outside provides plenty of entertainment, some cars are also equipped with video screens.|
|Activities for Kids Spend time with your young travel companions by choosing a board game to play.|
|Bar buffet car Choose from a variety of tasty snacks and beverages, for purchase, to enjoy on your journey.|
|Audio system As you watch the landscape roll by, be even more inspired listening to your favorite songs.|
Reviews & ratings Renfe Spanish high speed trains
"Excellent service.We booked and printed tickets on line which scanned easily on day of journey. All baggage x rayd so great security before entering platform. Allocated seating upon booking. Train on time. Value for money 5 stars. (auto star system not working. )22 euros per person each way. "
"my trip was great but I was wonder that the crew was not speaking English and she couldn't understand me once I order. "
"I enjoyed in my travel with RAILEUROPE. It was my first journey with them. "
"In all honesty, wasn't expecting the service to as speedy and comfortable as it was. Got to Barcelona in well under 3 hours. Highly recommended ! "
"The journey from Sevilla to Granada was amazing to say the least. Travelling at high speed through the Spanish countryside was worth every minute that we were on the train, though there is a longer segment that one needs to travel by bus for a substantial portion as the train track is being upgraded. The unavailability of wifi was a disappointment though.The trains are clean and very comfortable with a lot of legroom and nice seats. "
"Clean comfortable train with lots of leg room in 2nd class. Few too many stops, and arrived a bit late. "
"Right from punctuality to customer service and overall journey experience was just fabulous. Great work and highly appreciated. Keep up the great job. "
"Very good service "
"No complaints-Very nice trip ! "
"was good "
Common Questions, Simple Answers
Q. Do AVE trains have a catering service ?
A. Yes. The bar buffet in the Turista class (2nd class) offers snacks and beverages. Those travelling in First class, will be attended at seat. A meal and beverages will be served by the catering service. An a la carte service and bar service is also available in AVE First class.
Q. What is the main difference between First class and Second class on the AVE between Madrid and Cordoba or Seville) ?
A. The AVE offers two types of First class (Club class and Preferente class) and one type of Second class (Tourist class).
AVE Club class includes audio and video programs, access to the AVE lounges, comfortable reclining seats, spacious legroom, table at each seat, food and beverages served at your seat.
AVE Preferente class includes access to the AVE lounges, comfortable reclining seats, a selection of video and audio programs, as well as food and beverages served at your seat.
AVE Tourist class includes spacious legroom, video and audio programs as well as food and beverages at the bar buffet car.
Q. How much time in advance, can I book tickets for AVE trains ?
A. You can book your tickets to travel on board AVE trains up to 60 days in advance. That’s 2 months early, during which time you can plan your trip to Spain thoroughly.
Q. Is there a check-in before the departure of an AVE train ?
A. Yes. Check-in is opened for travellers 30 minutes before the departure of the AVE train. Embarkation will stop 2 minutes prior to departure. Please note that passport and ticket control will take place before boarding AVE trains. Holders of an Eurail Pass which includes Spain need to validate the pass and have a reservation before departure.
Q. Must I book a reservation for the AVE train ?
A. Yes, a reservation is needed to book your seat on board the high speed AVE train.
Q. What is the baggage limitation when travelling on board AVE trains ?
A. Passengers can carry up to 2 hand luggages. The total weight should not exceed 20kg (44 pounds). Total dimensions should not exceed more than 2m50. Passengers are sole responsible for their luggage which they must store in designated areas in the AVE trains.
Q. What are the classes of service which are offered on the AVE train ?
A. Two classes of service are offered on board the AVE trains – First class and Turista class. Travellers having a First class ticket will have access to the First Class Club and Preferente, depending on the type of train. First class service includes meal served at your seat, VIP lounge access in major Spanish train stations, newspapers and free parking (single ticket holders get 24h while those with a return ticket get 48h free). Turista class is the equivalent of 2nd class and it includes a family compartment, games for children, media entertainment and facilities for the disabled.
Q. What is the definition of Gender Specific ?
A. Gender Specific means that compartment are either for men or women. Both sexes cannot travel or sleep in the same comportment. If you or your companion wishes to stay together, you must book the whole compartment and beds. The following trains use the Gender Specific rule : ELipsos, CNL, Lusitania, Spanish Night trains.
Q. What is the main difference between First class and Second class on the Spanish day trains ?
A. The Spanish day trains’ First class includes comfortable reclining seats, video and audio programs on major routes and food and beverages served at your seat by a friendly staff.
The Spanish day trains’ Second class includes spacious legroom, video and audio programs on major routes and food and beverages available at the bar-buffet car.
Q. How do I obtain AVE tickets ?
A. Tickets for AVE trains can be easily purchased online on our website. Choose the ‘Print @ home’ ticketing method for more convenience and no booking fees.