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Madrid Barcelona
02:30
$32
Madrid Seville
02:20
$34
Barcelona Bilbao
06:20
$23
Bilbao Madrid
04:52
$18
Barcelona Girona
00:37
$19
Santiago De Compostela Barcelona
12:23
$49
Barcelona Tarragona
01:14
$7
Villena Barcelona
04:43
$29
Barcelona La Coruna
12:52
$49
Barcelona Miranda De Ebro
04:38
$30
Barcelona Malaga
05:45
$70
Barcelona Irun
05:58
$21
Ponferrada Barcelona
09:28
$49
Logrono Barcelona
03:58
$32
Barcelona Murcia Del Carmen
06:47
$20
Cartagena Barcelona
07:44
$35
Portbou/cerbere Barcelona
02:12
$22
San Sebastian Barcelona
05:28
$31
Burgos Barcelona
05:55
$31
Castellon De La Plana Barcelona
02:21
$14
Barcelona Zumarraga
04:48
$52
Barcelona Vitoria
04:38
$45
Barcelona Benicarlo
01:47
$14
Barcelona Leon
07:46
$40
Cordoba Barcelona
04:10
$29
Barcelona Albacete
05:01
$34
Barcelona Pamplona
03:45
$19
Benicassim Barcelona
02:21
$20
Salou Barcelona
01:00
$7
Barcelona Lugo
12:54
$45
Overview

Spain’s geography is quite unique in Europe : Madrid, its centrally-located capital city, stands surrounded by a host of regional capitals spread along the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts.

Spain’s geography is quite unique in Europe : Madrid, its centrally-located capital city, stands surrounded by a host of regional capitals spread along the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts, including Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, and Bilbo. And that’s probably why planes would easily have replaced trains if not for two major rail rejuvenation projects in the Eighties : the AVE, super-fast trains that run up to 220mph while linking major cities with Madrid, and hotel-trains, Spain’s “hotels on wheels” that serve routes with lesser traffic. Both are highly convenient, offer a superior experience, and boast one of the best on-board (fresh) food service in Europe.

Seasoned American travelers typically use AVE when visiting Madrid, Barcelona, and Seville. Yet, why not be a bit inventive and explore such hidden gems as Valencia, Bilbo (a city re-energized by contemporary art), and Malaga. Don’t hesitate to hop on a hotel train (Premier compartments offer privacy and comfort, with shower), and discover what makes Spain so wonderfully diverse.

And if you want to seriously venture off the beaten-track, take an AVE train from Madrid or Barcelona to Zaragoza. There, take “El camello” (the camel), a back-in-the-day regional train. The track snakes between medieval castles in the ocher-tinted Aragon desert and ends up in a stunningly surreal place in the heart of the Pyrenees Mountains : Canfranc Railway Station. The largest in Europe when it opened in 1928, it was an ambitious project meant to link the France and Spain network. But the Great Depression and the Spanish civil war affirmed its demise. Yet, its architecture remains incredible, and you’ll feel like you’re frozen in time as you walk past abandoned tracks, buildings, and carriages. As for the Spanish rail-side, it’s now being restored to its original glory, with a luxury hotel and casino. Did we hear someone say “dinero ?”


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  • Convenience
    Trouble free,excellent journey |
    "Excellent service.We booked and printed tickets on line which scanned easily on day of journey. All baggage x rayd so great security before entering platform. Allocated seating upon booking. Train on time. Value for money 5 stars. (auto star system not working. )22 euros per person each way. "

  • Convenience
    To MAdrid |
    "my trip was great but I was wonder that the crew was not speaking English and she couldn't understand me once I order. "

  • Thanks |
    "I enjoyed in my travel with RAILEUROPE. It was my first journey with them. "

  • Convenience
    Speedy and comfortable |
    "In all honesty, wasn't expecting the service to as speedy and comfortable as it was. Got to Barcelona in well under 3 hours. Highly recommended ! "

  • Convenience
    Memorable high speed journey |
    "The journey from Sevilla to Granada was amazing to say the least. Travelling at high speed through the Spanish countryside was worth every minute that we were on the train, though there is a longer segment that one needs to travel by bus for a substantial portion as the train track is being upgraded. The unavailability of wifi was a disappointment though.The trains are clean and very comfortable with a lot of legroom and nice seats. "

  • Convenience
    Great Value for money |
    "Clean comfortable train with lots of leg room in 2nd class. Few too many stops, and arrived a bit late. "

  • Convenience
    Great experience |
    "Right from punctuality to customer service and overall journey experience was just fabulous. Great work and highly appreciated. Keep up the great job. "

  • Service |
    "Very good service "

  • Convenience
    Barcelona to Girona  |
    "No complaints-Very nice trip ! "

  • Convenience
    trip was comfortable. |
    "was good "

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