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Trains in Spain

General information about Spanish Rail

Traveling in Spain by train is one of the best ways to experience the beauty and variety of the Spanish landscape. Spanish rail infrastructure has expanded rapidly, with high-speed AVE trains linking major cities in Spain at velocities of up to 186 mph. Renfe, Spain’s national rail company, offers numerous high-speed train routes that connect most parts of the Iberian Peninsula by rail. From popular destinations and train routes to information about train companies and how to buy cheap train tickets, this page provides an overview of everything you need to know about trains in Spain. Alternatively, if you are planning on taking multiple train trips you can choose to purchase a Eurail pass for train travel in Spain.

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Train Companies and Train Types in Spain

Information about Spanish Rail Providers

Major Train Providers in Spain

Renfe is a state-owned company which dominates the Spanish rail market. It operates passenger trains throughout certain regions in Spain, including the Transcantábrico (which runs along the Cantabrian coast), Tren Al Andalus (which offers the possibility to travel to the north and walk the Camino de Santiago), as well as several cities in Extremadura and Andalusia. Many services connect Spain with its neighbouring countries, Portugal and France. There are various types of trains in operation in Spain, though the rail network is most typically made up of regional and intercity trains. Media Distancia trains link regional destinations with the country's larger cities with long-distance high-speed trains while Cercanias (suburban trains) operate in and around the country's major cities such as Barcelona and Valencia. There are a number of different AVE trains in operation, all of which are modern and offer high-speed services between Spain's main cities. There are also a number of domestic Estrella and Trenhotel trains, as well as international night trains connecting Spain with France, Portugal, Luxembourg and Switzerland.



Spain’s national rail company, Renfe, operates nearly all train routes in Spain. While Renfe’s high-speed trains, known as AVE services in Spain, offer routes between major cities, most of the rail network is composed of regional and intercity trains which operate at lower speeds.


Renfe AVE are high-speed trains most commonly used for long-distance routes between major cities in Spain. Renfe AVE trains travel up to 350 km/h and connect Madrid with Seville, Barcelona, Valencia, Toledo, Cordoba, and Malaga. Renfe's AVE train from Madrid to Barcelona is the most popular high-speed train route in Spain.

Facilities & Services for Major Train Companies

Many companies operate modern fleets with comfortable, reclining seats, wifi and air-conditioning. Compare the services available.

Further facilities and services may vary according to the transport company and country of operation.

Popular Train Routes in Spain

Most cities in Spain are linked by rail. The most popular train routes in Spain usually involve largest and most visited cities in Spain like Madrid, Seville, and Barcelona. These destinations are connected by high-speed AVE trains. Renfe trains also travel internationally to Paris and Lisbon and other major cities in France and Portugal. Regional trains are also quite popular, especially those that pass through scenic parts of the country like Andalusia and Catalonia.

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