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. Here you can check the connections in more detail.

Origin Stopover destinations Destination Approximate time
Madrid Ciudad Real - Puertollano - Cordoba Seville From 2 hrs 30 min
Madrid Zaragoza - Lleida - Camp Tarragona Barcelona From 2 hrs 30 min
Madrid Cuenca - Requena / Utiel Valencia From 1 hr 40 min
Madrid Cuenca - Requena / Utiel - Valencia Castellón From 2 hrs 35 min
Madrid Guadalajara - Calatayud - Zaragoza - Tardienta Huesca From 2 hrs 15 min
Madrid Córdoba - Puente Genil - Antequera Malaga From 2 hrs 20 min
Madrid Segovia Valladolid From 55 minutes
Madrid Cuenca Albacete From 1 hr 20 min
Madrid Cuenca - Albacete - Villena Alicante From 2 hrs 25 min
Madrid Valladolid - Palencia León From 2 hrs 10 min
AVE high-speed trains also cover longer routes.
Origin Stopover destinations Destination Approximate time
Malaga Antequera, Puente Genil – Córdoba – Zaragoza –Camp de Tarragona Barcelona From 5 hrs 50 min
Seville Córdoba – Puertollano – Ciudad Real – Zaragoza – Lleida - Camp de Tarragona Barcelona From 5 hrs 25 min
Seville Cordoba – Puertollano – Ciudad Real – Cuenca Valencia From 3 hrs 50 min
Also, the AVE connections and the new, constantly developing railway infrastructure allow other short-duration connections, such as:
Origin Stopover destinations Destination Approximate time
Madrid Segovia - Medina del Campo Galicia (Ourense, Vigo, Santiago de Compostela and A Coruña) From 4 hrs 30 min
Madrid Medina del Campo Zamora From 1 hr 25 min
Madrid Medina del Campo Salamanca From 1 hr 35 min
Madrid   Toledo From 32 minutes
Barcelona   Girona From 38 minutes
Barcelona   Figueres Vilafant From 55 minutes
Ourense Santiago de Compostela A Coruña From 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 Malaga.

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, Malaga, 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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