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Barcelona Madrid
02:30
$43
Madrid Seville
02:20
$47
Bilbao Barcelona
06:40
$32
Bilbao Madrid
04:52
$24
Santiago De Compostela Barcelona
12:23
$66
Irun Barcelona
05:40
$42
Barcelona Murcia Del Carmen
06:47
$27
Albacete Barcelona
05:19
$60
Barcelona Girona
00:37
$26
Malaga Barcelona
05:45
$76
Salou Barcelona
01:00
$10
La Coruna Barcelona
12:53
$44
Villena Barcelona
04:43
$39
Ponferrada Barcelona
09:28
$66
Portbou/cerbere Barcelona
02:12
$29
Barcelona Leon
07:46
$55
Barcelona Vitoria
04:38
$61
Miranda De Ebro Barcelona
04:55
$47
Zumarraga Barcelona
05:04
$70
Tarragona Barcelona
01:15
$10
Benicarlo Barcelona
01:52
$23
Cartagena Barcelona
07:44
$47
Burgos Barcelona
05:55
$43
Castellon De La Plana Barcelona
02:21
$19
Barcelona Cordoba
04:10
$40
Barcelona Benicassim
02:15
$22
Barcelona Logrono
03:40
$29
San Sebastian Barcelona
05:28
$42
Barcelona Pamplona
03:45
$25
Lugo Barcelona
13:24
$107
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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Reviews & ratings

  • 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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