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 - Castellón
  • 3 Madrid - Alicante

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 - Castellón line

Travel time: around 2 hours. 30 minutes.Stops (depending on the train): Cuenca - Requena Utiel - Valencia - CastellónThe AVE's Madrid-east coast corridor offers a daily high-speed train service that includes numerous trains which directly link Madrid and Valencia in 100 minutes. Perfect for visiting places such as the spectacular City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia.All the other trains on this line also stop at Cuenca and Requena-Utiel, ending the route in the city of Castellón de la Plana. Cuenca is a World Heritage City, in Castilla – La Mancha. Requena-Utiel is in a well-known wine-making area of the Region of Valencia. Castellón is a coastal city, also in the Region of Valencia.

Madrid - Alicante line

Travel time: from 2 hours 35 minutes.Stops (depending on the train): Cuenca - Albacete - Villena - AlicanteAlicante is situated in the heart of the Costa Blanca and is one of the main tourist destinations in the Levante area. It's historic quarter and Santa Bárbara Castle are a must.

Worth knowing

  • The AVE connections and the new, constantly developing railway infrastructure also allow other short-duration connections. 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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