Overall length of rail tracks in Spain

Overall length of rail tracks in Spain: 16 026 km

Types of trains in Spain

Types of trains in Spain: regular & high-speed

Number of routes we sell

Number of Spanish routes sold on Rail.Ninja: 40+

Fastest train speed in Spain

Fastest train speed of Spanish trains: 310 km/h

 
 

The Spanish rail network is very developed, modern, and broad, so it's no surprise that traveling around Spain by train is among the most favored options both by locals and tourists. The Spanish train system is noted not only for safety but also for offering multiple departure times on over 50 domestic routes every day. What is more, Spain high-speed rail plays an important role in the country's transportation, thus, it is a simple, fast, and comfortable way to travel between the major cities, saving a lot of your time.

 

Popular Spain trains

 
Spanish high-speed trains

The high-speed AVE train is the most popular high speed train Spain has to offer.

Bullet trains of this type are operated by Renfe and connect many destinations in the country, including cities like Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Malaga, Bilbao, and San Sebastian, among others. What is more, travelers may choose from several coach classes as well as an extensive schedule of departures, created to fit any plans.

 
 

 
 

Popular Domestic Routes in Spain

 
Route distance
Travel distance
505 km (313 mi)
389 km (241 mi)
417 km (259 mi)
390 km (242 mi)
Train trip duration
Travel time
2 hrs 30 min
1 hrs 42 min
2 hrs 33 min
2 hrs 30 min
Number of daily departures
Daily departures
13 trains per route
12 trains per route
12 trains per route
10 trains per route
 
505 km (313 mi)
303 km (188 mi)
771 km (479 mi)
828 km (514 mi)
2 hrs 30 min
3 hrs 6 min
5 hrs 50 min
5 hrs 30 min
13 trains per route
3 trains per route
3 trains per route
3 trains per route
 
389 km (242 mi)
303 km (188 mi)
469 km (291 mi)
540 km (335 mi)
4 hrs 16 min
3 hrs 24 min
4 hrs 39 min
4 hrs 16 min
4 trains per route
3 trains per route
4 weekly trains per route
4 trains per route
 
417 km (259 mi)
771 km (479 mi)
469 km (291 mi)
156 km (97 mi)
2 hrs 33 min
5 hrs 50 min
4 hrs 39 min
1 hrs 55 min
12 trains per route
3 trains per route
4 weekly trains per route
4 trains per route
 
390 km (242 mi)
828 km (514 mi)
540 km (335 mi)
156 km (97 mi)
2 hrs 30 min
5 hrs 30 min
4 hrs 16 min
1 hrs 55 min
10 trains per route
3 trains per route
4 trains per route
4 trains per route
 
 

 
 

Popular International train routes in Spain

 
Route distance
Travel distance
502 km (312 mi)
502 km (312 mi)
Train trip duration
Travel time
10 hrs 6 min
10 hrs 6 min
Number of daily departures
Daily departures
1 train per route
1 train per route
 
1080 km (671 mi)
1080 km (671 mi)
6 hrs 28 min
6 hrs 28 min
2 trains per route
2 trains per route
 
 

 
 

Tips on train travel in Spain

 

What are Spanish trains like?

Rest assured, you will encounter only well-equipped modern trains when traveling via Spain rail. No matter which route you choose (even those Spain trains connecting the city center to an airport), you can count on comfortable seats and quiet air-conditioned coaches. Plus, because the train network Spain has is very extensive there are usually screens onboard the trains showing information about the route and distance covered. Some trains even have free WiFi.

Spanish train classes

If we take into consideration the bullet train Spain is so proud of, the AVE, then there are three travel classes: 2nd class, 1st class, and Premium.

When do reservations open?

Here on Rail.Ninja you can book your Spain train tickets as far as 2 years in advance to your departure date.

Rail Ninja: Tips for Spanish train travel

Do you need a ticket reservation? Should you pre-book?

Booking trains in Spain in advance rather than buying last-minute is advisable so as to safeguard yourself from no or limited availability for the departure time or date that you need. Generally, the Spain train schedule has rare cases of canceled departures, so it's easy and safe to plan your train travel in Spain ahead of time.

X-ray baggage check at Spanish stations

Similarly to the procedure that there is in airports, you'll need to pass a security check before boarding trains in Spain, during which your luggage will be scanned and you'll need to pass a metal detector.

Luggage & luggage weight limits on Spanish trains

When touring Spain by train you need to know that you may bring on board the train no more than 3 items of luggage per person. Moreover, the overall weight of your baggage shouldn't exceed 20 kilos (44 pounds).

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Spain Train Review

 

Renfe trains are clean, quient and comfortable, I was pleasantly surprised

William N. about traveling on train in Spain