By train

The Spanish National Railway Network ( RENFE ) connects all the capitals with Madrid and is operating more and more high speed (AVE) trains. Furthermore, there are also long-distance services and trains between different nearby cities. Below, we show you the AVE (high-speed) services currently in operation. They will take you to your destination in a maximum of three hours.

Origin Via Destination
Madrid Ciudad Real - Puertollano - Cordoba Seville
Madrid Zaragoza - Lleida - Camp Tarragona Barcelona
Madrid Cuenca - Requena / Utiel Valencia
Madrid Guadalajara - Calatayud - Zaragoza - Tardienta Huesca
Madrid Cordoba - Puente Genil - Antequera Malaga
Madrid Segovia Valladolid
Madrid Cuenca Albacete
Madrid Cuenca - Albacete - Villena Alicante
Barcelona Girona Figueres
AVE high-speed trains also cover longer routes.
Origin Via Destination
Malaga Antequera, Puente Genil – Cordoba – Zaragoza –Camp de Tarragona Barcelona
Seville Cordoba – Puertollano – Ciudad Real – Zaragoza – Lleida - Camp de Tarragona Barcelona
Seville Cordoba – Puertollano – Ciudad Real – Cuenca Valencia

Renfe Spain Pass

This pass allows non-residents to travel around Spain by train. This system is very practical, as it can be used on all AVE long-distance and mid-distance high-speed trains. The Renfe Spain Pass is valid for one month from the first trip and comes in two formats (Business/Club and Tourist). It can be purchased up to six months in advance, and is available for 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 journeys. For more information or to purchase it directly online, go to the following link: You can see a map of the at this link. What's more, remember your long-distance tickets also entitle you to use – at no extra charge – the local Cercanías trains that take you to the city centre and to the airports of Madrid, Barcelona and Malaga.

Sightseeing trains

An different way to see Spain by train is offered in the so-called tourist trains. Here is information on some of them: Transcantábrico : a train "cruise" around northern Spain. From Santiago de Compostela (Galicia) to León (Castile-León) or San Sebastián (Basque Country). Al-Ándalus Train : a "palace" on rails – to discover Andalusia on a luxury train. the La Robla express : : tours through northern Spain in a period train.   There are also one-day tourist train routes, such as: The Strawberry Train : a pleasant family excursion in the Region of Madrid, on a historic train that takes you as far as Aranjuez. Sóller Train : an early 20th-century train that covers inland Majorca (Balearic Islands). Cervantes Train: a literary train journey to Alcalá de Henares, the town where the author of Don Quixote was born.

Practical information

We recommend checking our practical tips before starting your journey to Spain. You can also get more information on the routes you are interested in and reserve tickets on-line at the RENFE website , or by telephone, at (+34) 902 243402, where your questions will be answered in English, French or Spanish.  

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