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Renfe: The Spanish state railway Renfe was created in 1941 to run the nation's rail network when it was nationalised. Renfe operates a wide variety of services ranging from regional rural lines and commuter links to the modern, high-speed AVE intercity trains. Renfe routes cover around 15,000 kilometres of railway. Renfe trains also travel from Spain into France in cooperation with France's national train company, SNCF. Book the cheapest Spanish train tickets with Omio today.

How to Book Tickets with Renfe

Online booking:

You can book your e-ticket online directly on Omio or the website of the train company. To buy your Renfe ticket in English, and to compare over 300 train and bus companies on the Omio app.

Purchase tickets at the train station:

You can also buy your ticket directly at one of Spain's many train stations. You can buy your ticket at one of the station's sales offices, in advance or directly on the same day. In general, it is more advantageous to buy your ticket in advance.

Printing e-tickets at the station:

Some electronic tickets must be printed on the automatic terminals, be careful when booking online. With Omio, you will not need to print your e-ticket and you can travel by train directly with your phone. To collect your tickets in the automatic stations, you must bring your reservation code received by mail. You can also buy your tickets directly at the stations at the automatic stations until 5 minutes before the departure of the train. Payment is made by cash or credit card.

Ticket Types

Renfe's ticket system offers first and standard class seats and includes a wide variety of discounts. Buying promo or promo+ tickets in advance online can earn a discount of up to 70% of the regular price, but these tickets have limited flexibility. Return tickets usually offer a discount of 20% on the full fare. Groups can book a table for four with a saving of 60% on the normal price.

The Renfe ticket system offers first and standard class seats and includes a wide variety of discounts.

  • Promo or promo+ tickets: Buying these tickets in advance an save travellers up to 70%.
  • Return tickets: usually offer travellers a discount of 20% from the full fare.
  • Group tickets: Groups can book a table for four and get a saving of up to 60%.
  • Children's tickets: Children receive a 40% discount and children under four years old can travel on Renfe trains free of charge.

Popular Renfe Routes

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Trains from Barcelona to Valencia
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Renfe Train Types

Renfe operates different types of trains depending on the route. Renfe offers: Suburban trains, which usually operate within a single province; Middle-Distance trains, which travel within an autonomous region and adjacent communities; and Long-Distance trains, which travel from one end of Spain to the other. Long-Distance Renfe trains feature numerous services including meals, refreshments, newspapers and movies.

Renfe's fleet of trains include:

  • AVE: These are Renfe's high-speed trains, most commonly used for long-distance routes. The AVE train from Madrid to Barcelona is the most popular high-speed train route in Spain. AVE trains offer a variety of services, including a "silent car" for those wishing to rest for the duration of their journey.

  • Alvia: Alvia trains operate on AVE tracks at lower speeds. Alvia trains are also used to reach destinations in Spain which are not located on AVE routes.

  • Euromed: Euromed trains connect cities along Spain's Mediterranean coast. The train from Barcelona to Valencia is the most popular Euromed Renfe route.

  • Altaria: The main Altaria train routes are trains from Madrid to Murcia, Madrid to Granada, and Granafrom to Algeciras.

  • Trenhotel: Renfe's night train service, Trenhotel's most popular routes is the train from Madrid to Lisbon.

Renfe FAQS

Traveling with assistance on Renfe

The Atendo service is available for those who can not board a train on their own. Renfe recommends booking this service when you book your train ticket so they can be informed about what assistance you may need. They can also assist you on recommendations if your journey involves any stops that aren't accessible.

Guide dogs can travel for free.

Can I take Pets on Renfe Trains?

Small pets such as dogs, cats, ferrets and birds are allowed on as long as they have the correct documentation and being watched throughout the journey. If other passengers object then Renfe staff will come up with an alternative solution such as another carriage or in worst case another train. Pets are limited to 1 per passenger and should be out of the way of other passengers as much as possible. Some trains such as the Cercanías (Commuter) and Feve trains have different rules.

Guide dogs can travel for free.

What facilities can you expect on a Renfe train?

  • Renfe's long distance trains have an onboard cafe offering hot meals. On short distance trains there is a snack trolley.
  • Service is provided to assist disabled passengers and ease of access to trains and station facilities.
  • On most Renfe trains there are power sockets and air conditioning.

What are the baggage restrictions with Renfe?

  • Luggage is restricted to three items per person for free.
  • One pet per traveler is allowed on Renfe trains, the maximum weight is 10kg.

Can children travel for free on Renfe trains?

  • Children under 4:If a child under 4 is sharing a seat with someone over 4 then they can travel for free, but a 'free child ticket' must be carried. A seat can only be shared by a maximum of two people. Children under 4 can have their own seat but a 'child' ticket must be bought and the price will vary depending on the journey.
  • Children under 14:There is a 40% discount for children under 14, ID will only be asked for if there is a disagreement about the age of the traveler.

Trains in Spain

Renfe has major hubs in Madrid and Barcelona, rail services to all the regions of Spain and international routes to France and Portugal. Spain has invested substantially in developing its high-speed AVE services. These lines now connect Madrid with Barcelona, Malaga, Seville, Alicante, Zaragoza, Valladolid, Santiago De Compostela, La Coruna and points in-between, significantly reducing the times of long-distance train journeys across much of Spain.

Renfe trains travel the most popular train routes in Spain

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