Train travel in Spain

Train travel in Spain is easy, comfortable and above all it is an ecological alternative for transportation. It has become very frequent and popular during the last 5 year, among Spanish people as well as among all the international tourist travelling around in Spain due to all the new routes coming up.


The National Railway company in Spain called Renfe has during the past years developed an important communication network of High Speed Trains over the whole country this actually makes a revolution for those who want to rail travel in Spain.

RENFE offers 4 different types of Train travel in Spain, AVE high speed train, Avant Train, Media Distance and local regional trains and train hotel for longer distances.

AVE AND LONG DISTANCE ROUTES

The network of AVE high speed train has been increasing constantly since 1992 when the first AVE high-speed train started from Seville to Madrid for the Universal Expo in Seville.

Today you can count on the following routs.

  • Madrid-Seville  - it departs from Atocha train station and takes 2 hours and 30 minutes.
  • Madrid-Zaragoza-Lleida-Tarragona-Barcelona: it departs from Atocha train station and takes 1 hour and 40 minutes to Zaragoza, 2 hours and 30 minutes to get to Lleida and 3 hours to get to Tarragona and 3 hours 20 minutes to Barcelona. 
  • Madrid – Barcelona: direct train  takes 2 hours 50 minutes.
  • Madrid-Zaragoza-Huesca: it departs from Atocha train station and takes 1 hour and 30 minutes to get to Zaragoza and 2 hours and 20 minutes to arrive at Huesca.
  • Madrid-Malaga: it departs from Atocha train station and takes 2 hour and 50 minutes  to Malaga.
  • Madrid-Valladolid: it departs from Atocha and takes 1 hour to get to Valladolid.
  • Madrid-Valencia: it departs from Atocha and takes 1 hour and 50 minutes to Valencia.
  • Malaga - Barcelona: it departs from Malaga and takes 5 hour and 45 minutes  to Barcelona
  • Sevilla - Barcelona: it departs from Santa Justa and takes 5 hour and 35 minutes to  Barcelona
  • Sevilla - Valencia:   it departs from Santa Justa and takes 3 hours and 50 minutes to Valencia


ALARIS TRAIN


  • Madrid-Valencia-Castellón: it departs from Atocha station and covers the distance to Valencia in 3 hours and 30 minutes. It takes 4 hours and 15 minutes to arrive at Castellón.

ALTARIA TRAIN


  • Madrid-Alicante: it departs from Chamartín and takes 3 hours anD 45 minutes.
  • Madrid-Algeciras: it departs from Atocha and takes 5 hours and 30 minutes. The train stops in Ciudad Real and Córdoba.
  • Madrid-Barcelona: it departs from Atocha and takes 4 hours and 45 minutes. The train stops in Zaragoza, Lleida and Tarragona.
  • Madrid-Cádiz: it departs from Atocha and takes 5 hours and 15 minutes. The train stops in Córdoba and Seville.
  • Madrid-Granada: it departs from Atocha and takes 5 hours and 20 minutes. The train stops in Córdoba.
  • Madrid-Logroño: it departs from Atocha and takes 3 hours and 40 minutes.
  • Madrid-Murcia-Cartagena: it departs from Chamartín and it takes 4 hours to get to Murcia and an extra hour to get to Cartagena.
  • Madrid-Pamplona: it departs from Atocha and takes 3 hours and 40 minutes.
  • Madrid-San Sebastián-Irún: it departs from Atocha and takes 5 hours and 20 minutes to get to San Sebastián and 5 hours and 35 minutes to get to Irún.
  • Madrid-Vitoria: it departs from Atocha and takes 4 hours and 15minutes to get to Vitoria.

Additionally RENFE offers hotel trains (comfortable night trains) for long national and international trips to cities.

TRAIN HOTELS

    Find the destinations for both national as well as international train hotel under , for more information go to hotel trains to read more about the conditions and services on board.

    National Routes

  • Madrid - A Coruña - Pontevedra - Ferrol "Rias Gallegas"
  • Barcelona - Granada "Alhambra"
  • Barcelona - Gijón "Pio Baroja"
  • Barcelona - A Coruña - Vigo "Galicia"

    International Routes

  • Madrid - Lisbon "Lusitania"
  • Barcelona - Paris "Joan Miro"
  • Barcelona - Zurich "Pau Casals"
  • Barcelona - Milan "Salvado Dalí"
  • Madrid - Paris "Francisco de Goya"

Find a map of the most important train stations in Spain indicating the AVE high speed trains route. For more information regarding train travel in Spain click here and go to Renfes site about hotel trains.