High-speed (AVE), map of connections, times, and benefits of getting around by train

The National Network of Spanish Railways (RENFE) connects all capitals with Madrid and has an ever expanding network of high-speed trains (AVE). Furthermore, there are also long-distance services and trains between different nearby cities.

AVE cities, destinations connected by high-speed trains

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.

OriginStopover destinationsDestinationApproximate time
MadridCiudad Real - Puertollano - CordobaSevilleFrom 2 hrs 30 min
MadridZaragoza - Lleida - Camp TarragonaBarcelonaFrom 2 hrs 30 min
MadridCuenca - Requena / UtielValenciaFrom 1 hr 40 min
MadridGuadalajara - Calatayud - Zaragoza - TardientaHuescaFrom 2 hrs 15 min
MadridCórdoba - Puente Genil - AntequeraMálagaFrom 2 hrs 20 min
MadridSegoviaValladolidFrom 55 minutes
MadridCuencaAlbaceteFrom 1 hr 20 min
MadridCuenca - Albacete - VillenaAlicanteFrom 2 hrs 25 min
MadridValladolid - PalenciaLeonFrom 2 hrs 10 min
AVE high-speed trains also cover longer routes.
OriginStopover destinationsDestinationApproximate time
MálagaAntequera, Puente Genil – Córdoba – Zaragoza –Camp de TarragonaBarcelonaFrom 5 hrs 50 min
SevilleCórdoba – Puertollano – Ciudad Real – Zaragoza – Lleida - Camp de TarragonaBarcelonaFrom 5 hrs 25 min
SevilleCordoba – Puertollano – Ciudad Real – CuencaValenciaFrom 3 hrs 50 min
Also, the AVE connections and the new, constantly developing railway infrastructure allow other short-duration connections, such as:
OriginStopover destinationsDestinationApproximate time
MadridSegovia - Medina del CampoGalicia (Ourense, Vigo, Santiago de Compostela and A Coruña)From 4 hrs 30 min
MadridMedina del CampoZamoraFrom 1 hr 25 min
MadridMedina del CampoSalamancaFrom 1 hr 35 min
Madrid ToledoFrom 32 minutes
Barcelona GironaFrom 38 minutes
Barcelona Figueres VilafantFrom 55 minutes
OurenseSantiago de CompostelaA CoruñaFrom 1 hr 10 min

Long distance trains

Spain's railway network connects practically the whole country by train. It is made up of long distance and mid-distance trains and is a comfortable way to travel. Also, keep in mind that in most cases the train stations are located very close to the city centre.Take a look at the map of main connections in Spain for high-speed trains (AVE) and other long-distance lines. 

Renfe Spain Pass, a practical and convenient ticket for tourists

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. If you want more information or to buy it online directly, go to the Renfe Spain Pass website.Also, remember that long-distance tickets include free use of the Cercanías trains to reach the city centres and airports in Madrid, Barcelona and Málaga.

What is a Cercanías train?

They are the trains that connect the main destinations in Spain with smaller cities in the outskirts. They have frequent departure times, making them perfect for short trips. You can enjoy them in the metropolitan areas of Alicante, Asturias, Barcelona (here they are also known as “Rodalies”), Bilbao, Cádiz, Madrid, Málaga, Murcia, Santander, San Sebastián, Seville, Valencia and Zaragoza. Get more information on the Cercanías website.Remember that they are free if you have a Renfe Spain Pass.

Tourist trains

A 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" through northern Spain. From Santiago de Compostela (Galicia) to León (Castilla y León) or San Sebastián (the Basque Country).Al-Ándalus Train: a "palace" on rails that lets you discover Andalusia in a luxury train.La Robla Express: a tour through northern Spain on a vintage train.  There are also one-day tourist train routes, such as:La Fresa Train: a pleasant family outing in the region of Madrid in a historic train that will take you to Aranjuez.Sóller Train: a railway from the early twentieth century to see inland Mallorca (Islas Baleares).Cervantes Train: A literary tour through Alcalá de Henares, the city where the author of El Quijote was born.

Care and assistance for passengers with disabilities or reduced mobility

Renfe has a free assistance service to ensure the accessibility of its trains. For more information visit their website or call +34 917744040.Download the official leaflet. (PDF - 5 MB)

Practical information

We recommend that you check out our practical tips before starting your trip to Spain. You can also request more information about the trips your are interested in and book tickets through the RENFE website or by calling 902320320, where your questions will be answered in English, French or Spanish. 







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