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Spanish AVE in brief 
Traveling through Spain is an enchanting experience on an AVE high-speed train. You’ll enjoy your journey on the most modern train fleet in Europe, and also benefit from attentive service in all classes of travel. In fact, it’s so popular (251,754 passengers in July 2009) that air-passenger traffic on the route has dropped almost 40% in 18 months.

The full name Alta Velocidad Española literally means Spanish High Speed, and is also a play on ave, the Spanish for bird. The trains definitely stay true to their name, reaching speeds of up to 300km/h (186mph).

The AVE trains are a luxurious and efficient way to get around the country. With excellent customer service, punctuality and easy to understand fares, the AVE excellent customer service, punctuality and easy to understand fares, the AVE network continues to be a great boost to Spain’s tourism and business.


The Spanish AVE Train network
Main destinations for the Spanish AVE Train include Madrid, Sevilla, Barcelona and Malaga.

 

Here’s an idea of some of the duration times
Madrid – Valladolid (1h 11m)
Barcelona – Zaragoza (1h 29m)
Madrid – Cordoba (1h 44m)
Madrid – Sevilla (2h 20m)
Madrid – Barcelona (2h 38m)
Madrid – Malaga (2h 40m)
Barcelona – Valencia (2h 59m)

 

Our tip
» Keep an eye on the clock - the original AVE train route from Madrid to Seville should take just 2h30. If arrival isn’t within 5 minutes the operators will give you your money back.

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Before you board 
The stations
» May appear overwhelming, so make sure you get there early to figure out where you are meant to be and to have the time to seek out any help should you need it.


Check-in & boarding:
» Ticket control and passport checks will occur before boarding AVE trains.

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