AVE - High speed trains

Trains in Spain - Rail Guide, Train Tickets & Reservations

AVE - Info


The main domestic high speed route runs from Barcelona via Madrid to Seville and Malaga. Trains along this route operate every hour or even more frequent. 

Most big cities in Spain are connected by 3 to 6 daily AVE or Alvia-trains over the ever-expanding high speed network.  For all domestic high-speed services there is a check-in with luggage check at all stations.



Turista class

  • Comfortable seats
  • Power points at each seat
  • Reservation included

Turista Plus Class

  • Reservation included
  • Comfortable leather seats
  • Quiet atmosphere
  • All seats have power points 

Preferente Class

  • Reservation included
  • Comfortable leather seats
  • Quiet atmosphere
  • All seats have power points 
  • Included meal and drinks on Monday to Friday on AVE and EuroMed-service.


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


Not available.

Power sockets  

At all seats.


Children up to 11 years travel half price.


Dogs are taken as long they are on a leash and wear a muzzle. Dogs carried in a bench or bag travel for free, bigger dogs pay a quater of the fare of an adult.


No luggage limit on board of AVE-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 AVE-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 AVE-services. Reservation is compulsory and the supplement is €10 for Turista and €25 in Preferente-class.


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


The Preferente class onboard AVE-trains offers a comfortable and quiet working sphere.  The AVE-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

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

  • Renfe - National Railways

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