Renfe Spanish high speed trains

Renfe Spanish high speed trains

952 Reviews

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

  • Madrid - Barcelona: 02:50
  • Prices from NZ$56
  • Book up to 60 days in advance
  • E-ticket
  • High Speed trains

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AVE High Speed Train

Overview

Renfe Spanish high speed trains

Travelling through Spain is an enchanting experience on an AVE high speed train operated by RENFE. You’ll enjoy your journey on the most modern train fleet in Europe, and also benefit from attentive service in all classes of travel. The full name Alta Velocidad Española literally means Spanish High Speed, and AVE also means bird in Spanish. The RENFE operated trains definitely stay true to their name, reaching speeds of up to 300km/h (186mph). The AVE trains are a luxurious and efficient way to get around the country. With excellent customer service, punctuality and easy to understand fares, the AVE network continues to be a great boost to Spain’s tourism and business. RENFE is the Spanish national railway company which operates the AVE high speed trains.

More details

Renfe is a modern and efficient railway system that offers every level of service in Spain. Among its services, it offers a high-speed rail called AVE, making travel in this country even more delightful. Learn more


Customer feedback Fast and fun
« From Malaga to Madrid to watch football at Santiago Bernabeu the train was superb. Travelled turist-class and were satisfied with that. Verry good seats. Never been in trains over 300 km an hour. Fun! »


Practical information


Ticket control and passport checks will occur before boarding AVE trains.

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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.
Travelling in AVE trains, operated by Spanish rail operator Renfe, means that you are going through one of the most enjoyable and relaxing travel experience. Learn more

A class apart

Onboard

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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Reviews & ratings

Overall rating (952)
  • Convenience
    Trouble free,excellent journey |
    "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. "

  • Convenience
    To MAdrid |
    "my trip was great but I was wonder that the crew was not speaking English and she couldn't understand me once I order. "

  • Thanks |
    "I enjoyed in my travel with RAILEUROPE. It was my first journey with them. "

  • Convenience
    Speedy and comfortable |
    "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! "

  • Convenience
    Memorable high speed journey |
    "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. "

  • Convenience
    Great Value for money |
    "Clean comfortable train with lots of leg room in 2nd class. Few too many stops, and arrived a bit late. "

  • Convenience
    Great experience |
    "Right from punctuality to customer service and overall journey experience was just fabulous. Great work and highly appreciated. Keep up the great job. "

  • Service |
    "Very good service "

  • Convenience
    Barcelona to Girona  |
    "No complaints-Very nice trip! "

  • Convenience
    trip was comfortable. |
    "was good "

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FAQ's

Common Questions, Simple Answers

  • Q. What are the main destinations AVE trains connect to?

  • Q. Should Eurostar, Thalys and other High Speed Train tickets be purchased prior to your departure date?

  • Q. How many classes does AVE train offer?

  • Q. When do I need to check in before boarding an AVE train?

  • Q. How far in advance can I book my AVE tickets?

  • Q. Is there a catering service onboard AVE trains?

  • Q. What is the difference between 1st and 2nd class on the Spanish day trains ?

  • Q. Do I need to book my AVE ticket train?

  • Q. What is the difference between 1st and 2nd class on the AVE (Madrid to Cordoba & Seville)?

  • Q. How many luggage can I carry onboard AVE trains?

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