Trains in Spain

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Construction Work between Madrid and Galicia

Due to construction on the new high-speed line between Madrid and Galicia, Renfe trains between Zamora and a variety of destinations will be disrupted from 9th May to 23rd May. Buses will cover the journey from Zamora. The affected Alvia services include:

  • Madrid-Chamartín–Pontevedra
  • Madrid-Chamartín–Lugo
  • Madrid-Chamartín–Ferrol
  • Madrid-Chamartín–Santiago de Compostela
  • Alicante–Pontevedra (transfer at Madrid-Chamartín)
  • Alicante–Ferrol (transfer at Madrid-Chamartín)

Information for passengers with a ticket:

  • Passengers will receive a 20 percent refund if their trains are affected and they have to journey by bus.
  • Discounts or special fees from the original ticket will be used to calculate the 20 percent refund.
  • Passengers can apply for compensation 24 hours after the arrival of the train.
  • To apply, please use the Renfe website or visit one of the Service Centres or Customer Service offices at the station.
  • The refund will be processed via the same method of payment as the ticket.
  • If your train is delayed and you have to take the bus, you will receive compensation for both the train delay and for the bus.
  • Bikes and/or pets won’t be allowed on buses.

If you need further assistance, please contact our customer service.

Traveling Spain by Train

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.


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.

Train Providers in Spain

Renfe Renfe is Spain's national train company. 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 high-speed train routes, while Cercanias (suburban trains) operate in and around the country's major cities such as Barcelona and Valencia. Renfe trains also serve international destinations in Portugal and France.

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.

Main Train Stations in Spain

All big German cities have major train stations that are connected to other parts of the country as well as as international cities. Below is a list of the major stations and their need to know details.

Madrid Atocha

Address: Atocha, 28045 Madrid, Spain Amenities:
Free WiFi (30 minutes)
Luggage Lockers
Disabled Access
Public Transport to the City Center:Line 1, Airport Express, Regional Buses, Regional Trains, Taxis

Barcelona Sants

Address: Plaça dels Països Catalans, 1, 7,
08014 Barcelona, Spain
Free WiFi (30 minutes)
Luggage Lockers
Disabled Access
Public Transport to the City Center: Line 5, Regional buses, Taxis

Sevilla Santa Justa

Address: Calle Joaquin Morales y Torres,
41003 Sevilla, Spain
Free WiFi (30 minutes)
Luggage Lockers
Disabled Access
Public Transport to the City Center: Line 1, 2, regional buses, trams and taxis.

València Nord

Carrer d'Alacant, 25,
46004 València, Spain
Free WiFi (30 minutes)
Luggage Lockers
Disabled Access
Public Transport to the City Center: Bus 19, Metro 3, 5, 9, regional trains, taxis.

Popular Train Journeys in Spain

As trains in Spain are fast and reliable, they're a popular method of getting around Spain for locals and travelers alike. From our data, we've compiled a list of the most popular routes that are taken throughout the country. Most routes are run by Renfe however some more locals routes are operated by smaller, more regional companies.

Trains from Madrid to Barcelona
Trains from Barcelona to Valencia
Trains from Madrid to Seville
Trains from Madrid to Toledo
Trains from Madrid to Valencia
Trains from Valencia to Barcelona
Trains from Seville to Cordoba
Trains from Alicante to Madrid
Trains from Zaragoza to Barcelona


Popular Train Routes from Spain

Spain not only has a great national train network but it is well connected to many parts of Europe. Depending on where you are in the country it can take just a matter of hours to get to cities such as Bordeaux, Paris and Lisbon all from the comfort of a train seat.

Good To Know

  • Booking train tickets in Spain is easy with Omio. Just simply put the route and date you're looking for, then our search will find all the available options. Meaning all you need to do is find the one that suits you best!
  • Most Renfe tickets within Spain support mobile tickets so all you need to do is make sure your phone is fully charged! If your journey is not supported by mobile tickets then it is best to print off your ticket before you board your train.

For more information on traveling with children, luggage allowances and refunding tickets please visit our Renfe page.

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