High-speed train (AVE)

Explore Spain on its high-speed trains

Would you like to travel comfortably by train between Madrid and Valencia in just 100 minutes? And between Madrid and Barcelona in two and a half hours? You'll be able to do so thanks to Spain's extensive network of high-speed trains (AVE). When you opt to take these trains you'll be eligible for discounts on cultural visits, and you'll also be able to see some of the country's most important tourist destinations in record time. Visitors are highly recommended to make the most of this service.

If you like this style of travel, you're sure to be interested in the various destinations on the high-speed train network: a mode of transport that is fast, safe and sustainable, and in which the journey itself becomes part of a unique experience. The timetables are extremely flexible, so you’ll be able to set your own pace and design a custom trip to fascinating cities such as Albacete, Alicante, Barcelona, Cordoba, Cuenca, Granada, León, Lleida, Madrid, Malaga, Ourense, Palencia, Puertollano, Segovia, Seville, Tarragona, Toledo, Valencia, Valladolid, Zaragoza, and many more. You'll be able to explore at length a vast heritage featuring all the historic, cultural, gastronomic and leisure attractions of a country that is guaranteed to capture your heart.Below is a list of all the lines available depending on where you want to travel:

AVE high-speed train connections

  • 1 Madrid - Barcelona
  • 2 Madrid - Huesca
  • 3 Madrid - León
  • 4 Madrid - Valladolid

Madrid - Barcelona line

Travel time: from 2 hours 30 minutesStops (depending on the train): Zaragoza - Lleida - Camp de Tarragona - Barcelona.Another option is to take the AVE to Catalonia, in north-eastern Spain. Barcelona is the regional capital and one of Spain's most important cities. It has excellent transport connections thanks to the AVE, with a journey time from Madrid of two and a half hours, non-stop. You will be able to discover monuments such as the Sagrada Familia church and the cathedral. The AVE also connects Barcelona to Girona and Figueres (where you can catch a train directly to Paris from the Figueres Vilafant station in five and a half hours). In Girona, you will be able to enjoy its ancient Jewish quarter and the cathedral. And in Figueres, the Dalí House-MuseumSome of the trains on this line also make intermediate stops in Zaragoza; Lleida and Camp de Tarragona, just over 10 kilometres from Tarragona.

Madrid - Huesca line

Travel time: around 2 hours 15 minutesStops:: Guadalajara Yebes - Calatayud - Zaragoza - Tardienta - Huesca.The city of Huesca has a wealth of monumental heritage and its area is very popular amongst ski lovers.

Madrid - León line

Travel time: around 2 hours 15 minutesStops (depending on the train): Valladolid - Palencia - León.In León you can find one of Spain's most beautiful cathedrals and enjoy the nightlife in the district known as ‘El Húmedo’. If you prefer, you can get off before León, in Palencia. You'll love its medieval monuments and delicious food. Another highlight is that it is close to the magnificent Picos de Europa Mountains.

Madrid-Valladolid line

Travel time: from 55 minutes.Stops (depending on the train):: Segovia - Valladolid.The attractions in Valladolid, a little over 200 kilometres from Madrid, include its 16th-century cathedral. And the line also has a stop in the World Heritage city of Segovia, where you'll be amazed by its spectacular aqueduct and Alcázar Palace.

Worth knowing

  • The AVE connections and the new, constantly developing railway infrastructure allow other short-duration connections with the north, such as Madrid - Galicia (4 hours. 30 min), Madrid - Salamanca and Madrid - Zamora (around 90 minutes). For more information, check out the section ‘Travel around Spain by train’.

    Take a look at the map of main connections in Spain for high-speed trains (AVE) and other long-distance lines.

    The AVE trains offer a full array of services, as well as a firm commitment to punctuality. A range of restaurant options, café, films, music channels, entertainment activities for children, free Internet connection (available soon), special group prices, discounts at museums, and a full timetable of services with guaranteed punctuality... are just some of the things to enjoy on your journey.

    Now there is no excuse not to come and explore Spain –while you enjoy its stunning landscapes from the train window. Don't think twice –come with your friends or family and take the train. The AVE railway network is constantly being expanded, and more and more cities are being added to the list.

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