Trains in Spain - Rail Guide, Train Tickets & Reservations

Alvia - Info


Alvia is Spain's hybrid train service which runs on both the high-speed line and the conventional tracks.

These trains run at least once a day on every route, on many routes more often though.

For all domestic high-speed services there is a check-in with luggage check at all stations.



  • Alicante to Madrid | Madrid to Alicante
  • Barcelona to Bilbao | Bilbao to Barcelona
  • Madrid to A Coruna | A Coruna to Madrid

Turista class

  • Comfortable seats
  • Power points at each seat
  • Reservation included
  • Every chair is facing forward (exceptions apply)

Preferente Class

  • Reservation included
  • Comfortable leather seats
  • Quiet atmosphere
  • All seats have power points 
  • Every chair is facing forward (exceptions apply)


Bar coach on all services with drinks, snacks and simple meals. 


Not available.

Power sockets  

At all seats.


Children up to 14 years travel with discounted fares.


Dogs can only travel in Spanish trains when their weight is less than 10 kg. If a ticket is needed, it's for sale locally.


No luggage limit on board of Alvia-trains. Small luggage can be stowed in the overhead luggage racks or under your seat, for larger cases there are luggage racks in the compartments and near the outside doors. 


There is a check-in and x-ray of your luggage at all Alvia- stations. Be at the station at least 20 minutes before departure.

Discount cards

People over 60 years can buy a Tarjeta Dorada locally, which gives 25% to 40% over the full fare.

Interrail / Eurail 

Interrail and Eurail are accepted on all Alvia-services. Reservation is compulsory and the supplement is €10 per person.


For groups from 6 persons we offer special group fare, see Group travel by train.


The Preferente class onboard Alvia-trains offers a comfortable and quiet working sphere. The Lounge on Spanish stations is open for all Preferente-class passengers (except Promo-fares). More information: Business travel by train.

At the station

Note the check-in at the Spanish train stations (see above). 

Spain by train - Train tickets & info

How to book cheap train tickets in Spain? 

  • Book as early as possibe, tickets are available 2 months in advance
  • Avoid trains during rush hour
  • Be aware that first class tickets are sometimes cheaper than second class tickets

  • Trains in Spain - Find & Book Train Tickets


  • National railways  in Spain 
  • All major routes, like Barcelona to Madrid and Seville to Madrid
  • High speed trains like the AVE

  • Renfe - National Railways

Train tickets Europe 

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  • Same price or cheaper as the railways
  • Collect HappyMiles with every trip 
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Rail Map - Spain & Portugal

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