Travelling in Spain
Train at a station
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. Here you can see the AVE (high speed) services currently in operation. They will take you to your destination in a maximum of three hours.
|Madrid||Ciudad Real - Puertollano - Cordoba||Seville|
|Madrid||Zaragoza - Lleida - Camp Tarragona||Barcelona|
|Madrid||Cuenca - Requena / Utiel||Valencia|
|Madrid||Guadalajara - Calatayud - Zaragoza - Tardienta||Huesca|
|Madrid||Córdoba - Puente Genil - Antequera||Malaga|
|Madrid||Cuenca - Albacete - Villena||Alicante|
|Malaga||Antequera, Puente Genil – Córdoba – Zaragoza –Camp de Tarragona||Barcelona|
|Seville||Córdoba – Puertollano – Ciudad Real – Zaragoza – Lleida - Camp de Tarragona||Barcelona|
Renfe Spain Pass
This pass offers the chance to travel around Spain for all non-residents. 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 has two modalities (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:
http://www.renfe.com/viajeros/viajes_internacionales/spainpass/index.html This link takes you to a map of the main railway connections in Spain. 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.
An original option to see Spain by train is the so-called tourist train. Here is information on some of them:
Transcantábrico : a train "cruise" around northern Spain. From Santiago de Compostela (Galicia) to León (Castile-León).
Al-Ándalus Train : a "palace" on rails – for discovering Andalusia on a luxury train.
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.
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.