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Spain will thrill your senses with its beautiful Mediterranean beaches and vibrant cities of Barcelona and Madrid. From delicious food to captivating art, enjoy all that Spain has to offer by hopping on and off the train at your leisure!

Spain or España is officially the Kingdom of Spain or Reino de España is a country mostly located on the Iberian Peninsula in Europe. Its territory also includes two archipelagoes: the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa, and the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea. Spain has activities to suit all tastes. If you are passionate about sports, you will simply love Spain. We have around 300 days of sun a year and some spectacular scenery where you can enjoy the outdoors like never before. Just imagine, thousands of miles of hiking routes and bicycle tracks, golf courses created by leading designers, perfect beaches for surfing and diving, horse riding routes along the coastline... Experience sports in Spain first hand!

Discover the heart and soul of Spain's cities

Visiting a Spanish city is so much more than touring its monuments and museums. It's taking a walk through streets full of atmosphere, mingling with the locals and forming part of their everyday lives. It's about having lots of things to do and enjoying the cultural activities, finding fascinating hidden gems and taking advantage of the late opening hours to enjoy a few days of retail therapy. The leisure options in the cities are constantly updated to offer exciting outdoor activities, new shops, new cuisines, shows and festivals, themed routes, and much more. Make the most of the international connections to Spain's cities and rediscover them with each new visit.

Places along the España coast well worth a visit

Spain boasts almost 8,000 kilometres of coastline where travellers can discover quaint little fishing villages or the grand seaside towns of the north. It is also home to the pristine coves lapped with turquoise water nestled between forests, like the ones in the Balearic Islands, and unspoilt, volcanic beaches in the Canary islands or the fine sand beaches of the Mediterranean. Thousands of hours of sunshine every year. What's not to love? Its beaches are famous for their quality and environmental respect. And enjoying the sea in Spain doesn't just mean relaxing on a beach, but also setting sail and discovering spectacular places by boat, eating fresh fish next to the port, admiring the sunset behind a lighthouse or even spending the night aboard. It means disconnecting from the world and touching base with stunning nature.

Spain a country full of artistic wonders

Discovering Spain means travelling back and forth in time and being surprised by a whole host of monuments ranging from an ancient Roman aqueduct to medieval castles and the most avant-garde, futuristic architecture. Centuries and mixed cultures have left their fascinating mark on Spain with some of the most amazing artistic heritage in the world. When you visit Spain you will be enchanted with the stories behind every work of art and remember them forever. Some of the most beautiful masterpieces created by Velázquez, Picasso, Dalí and Gaudí are here. It is well worth discovering them with the original guided tours on offer, retracing the footsteps of great masters through museums such as the Prado, or visiting palaces like the Alhambra in Granada on a moonlit tour. Experiences that offer so much more than an average visit to a monument.

Spain, España route by route

From the most famous to the most surprising. There are lots of routes and itineraries to discover how much Spain has to offer. Its cities, its peoples, its culture, its history, its gastronomy... Every stop is a new discovery and every trip an experience. Original tours, urban routes, themed journeys or big trips throughout the country. Suggestions for enjoying your holiday, a getaway, or for as long as you want to stay. And as always, some great memories. Discover Spain's most famous pilgrimage routes. Pilgrim contemplating the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in A Coruña, Galicia. When we talk about pilgrimages in Spain, the first that comes to mind is the famous Camino de Santiago, or Way of Saint James, and all the possible routes leading to the great Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. However in Spain, there are a host of other religious sites awaiting you here, as rewarding to visit as the pilgrims' ways that will lead you to them. In Spain there are also many theme parks along the Costa coast.

España Get in touch with Spanish nature

Surprising, diverse and full of contrasts - Spanish nature has a wonderful effect on you. Natural landscapes that make you breathe in deeply and forget about your worries, leaving you to enjoy nothing but the moment. Mountains, volcanoes, wetlands, forests, rivers, valleyscliffs, lakes... There are so many different environments in Spain to make you feel brand new. Unique and different natural spaces. Some of them, such as the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, the Teide National Park and the Pyrenees, are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the cultural landscape category. You have to see it to believe it.

Renfe Operadora Spanish railways date from 1848

Spanish railways date from 1848. The total route length in 2017 was 15,333 km, of which 9,699 km were electrified. Rail transport in Spain operates on four rail gauges and services are operated by a variety of private and public operators. The total route length in 2012 was 16,026 km (10,182 km electrified).

Most Spanish railways are operated by Renfe Operadora, with the metre and narrow-gauge lines are operated by FEVE and other carriers in individual autonomous communities. It is proposed and planned to build or convert more lines to standard gauge, including some dual gauging of broad-gauge lines, especially where these lines link to France, including platforms to be heightened.

The international train network connects Spain with Portugal and France.

It features the AVE high-speed train connection with France. Here you can find a table with a selection of rail services for getting to Spain.



Marseille - Barcelona (France - Spain) AVE high-speed train 4h 30 min
Marseille - Madrid (France - Spain) AVE high-speed train 7 hrs 45 mins
Paris - Barcelona (France - Spain) AVE high-speed train 6 hrs 20 min
Lyon - Barcelona (France - Spain) AVE high-speed train 5 hours
Toulouse - Barcelona (France - Spain) AVE high-speed train 3 hrs 15 mins
Paris - Irún (France - Spain) TGV 5 hours
Lisbon - Madrid (Portugal - Spain) Lusitania 10 hours
Lisbon - Irún (Portugal - Spain) Surexpreso 13 hrs 15 min
Lisbon - Donostia - San Sebastián Surexpreso 13 hrs 30 min
Oporto - Vigo (Portugal - Spain) Trencelta 2 hrs 15 mins

A different way to travel to Spain is to use passes such as InterRail, Eurail or Renfe Spain Pass, which allow you to continue travelling through other countries in Europe.

Spain High Speed Trains

A high-speed rail line (AVE) between Madrid and Seville was completed in 1992. In 2003, high-speed service was inaugurated on a new line from Madrid to Lleida and extended to Barcelona in 2008. The same year, lines from Madrid to Valladolid and from Córdoba to Málaga were inaugurated. In 2010, AVE line Madrid-Cuenca-Valencia was inaugurated.

Spain now has the most extensive high-speed rail network in Europe, and the second-most extensive in the world after China. As of October 2010, Spain has a total of 3,500 km (2,174.80 mi) of high-speed tracks linking Málaga, Seville, Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Valladolid, with the trains reaching speeds up to 300 km/h (190 mph). On average, the Spanish high-speed train is the fastest one in the world, followed by the Japanese bullet train and the French TGV. Regarding punctuality, it is second in the world (98.54% on-time arrival) after the Japanese Shinkansen (99%). Should the aims of the ambitious AVE programme (Spanish high speed trains) be met, by 2020 Spain will have 7,000 km (4,300 mi) of high-speed trains linking almost all provincial cities to Madrid in less than three hours and Barcelona within four hours.

Railway links with adjacent countries

  • Andorra – no (Andorra has no railways).
  • France – yes/no – break-of-gauge (1,668 mm (5 ft 5+21⁄32 in))/(1,000 mm (3 ft 3+3⁄8 in))/(1,435 mm (4 ft 8+1⁄2 in)) (new high-speed line without any break-of-gauge).
  • Portugal – yes, same gauge.
  • Morocco – no – proposed undersea tunnel.
  • Gibraltar – no (Gibraltar has no railways).

AVE High-speed rail España

Alta Velocidad Española (AVE) is a high-speed rail service in Spain operated by Renfe, the Spanish national railway company, at speeds of up to 310 km/h (193 mph). The name is literally translated from Spanish "Alta Velocidad Españolas" (Spanish High Speed), but its initials are also a play on the word ave, meaning "bird". As of December 2011, the Spanish AVE system is the longest HSR network in Europe with 2,665 km (1,656 mi) and the second in the world after China. AVE trains run on a network of dedicated high-speed rail track owned and managed by Adif.

The first line was opened in 1992, connecting the cities of Madrid, Córdoba, and Sevilla. Unlike the rest of the Spanish broad gauge network, the AVE uses standard gauge, permitting direct connections outside Spain. Although AVE trains are operated by Renfe, the Spanish state railway company, private companies may be allowed to operate trains in the future using other brands, in accordance with European Union legislation. Some TGV-derived trains do run on the broad-gauge network at slower speeds, and these are branded separately as Euromed. On the line from Madrid to Seville, the service guarantees arrival within five minutes of the advertised time, although only 0.16% of trains have been so. In this regard, the punctuality of the AVE is exceptional compared to other non-long-distance Renfe services.

On other AVE lines, this punctuality promise is more lax (15 minutes on the Barcelona line). A possible reason for this is that AVE services slow down to 200 km/h for the Sierra Morena section of the journey because of the tight curves and 250 km/h for the Córdoba-Seville section, possibly on account of medium-speed services running on the line, meaning that they have an easy means of recovering lost time if held up earlier in the journey.

The Ave connects the following cities:

Spain Train Stations

Renfe: Renfe Operadora is Spain's national train company. Renfe's high-speed AVE trains travel up to 350 km/h and connect Madrid with other major cities in Spain including Seville, Barcelona, Valencia, Toledo, Cordoba, and Malaga.

Madrid Atocha Railway Station
Estación de Atocha
Plaza del Emperador Carlos V, 3
28045 Madrid

Barcelona Sants Railway Station
Plaça dels Països Catalans
08014 Barcelona

Seville Santa Justa Train Station
Avenida Kansas City, s/n.
41007 Seville

Station Taxi & Station Shuttle to and from these Spanish Train Stations

Madrid Atocha or Estación de Madrid Atocha, also named (Madrid Puerta de Atocha) is the largest railway station in Madrid. It is the primary station serving commuter trains (Cercanías), intercity and regional trains from the south, and the AVE high speed trains from Barcelona (Catalonia), Zaragoza (Aragon), Sevilla (Andalusia), Málaga (Andalusia), Valencia and Alicante (Levante Region). These train services are run by the Spanish national rail company, Renfe. As of 2018, this station has daily services to Marseille in France.

Metro and Tram Systems in Spain.

Airports in Spain

Airport Taxi & Airport Shuttle to and from these Spanish Airports

Bus Travel in Spain

It is very easy to travel in Spain by Spanish bus or Spanish coach, Every town has a local bus station. International bus or coach travel is very easy to find in Spain

Spain ferries, Spain Ports and España Harbors

The most important ports and harbours are: Algeciras, Barcelona, Valencia, Bilbao and Las Palmas.

Other major ports and harbours include: Alicante, Almería, Cádiz, Cartagena, A Coruña, Ceuta, Huelva, Málaga, Melilla, Gijón, Palma de Mallorca, Sagunto, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Los Cristianos (Tenerife), Santander, Tarragona, Vigo, Motril, Seville, Castellón de la Plana, Pasaia, Avilés, and Ferrol.

Spain is connected by sea with regular services from the UK, Italy, Morocco and Algeria. Below, we will give details of the existing routes, some of the companies that cover the routes and their approximate durations.

Spain Ferries from Italy

Civitavecchia - Barcelona Grimaldi Lines 20 hours
Genoa - Barcelona Grandi Navi Veloci 20 hr 30 min
Porto Torres - Barcelona Grimaldi Lines 12 hrs 15 mins
Savona - Barcelona Grimaldi Lines 17 hours

Spain Ferries from the United Kingdom

Plymouth - Santander Brittany Ferries 20 hours
Portsmouth - Bilbao Brittany Ferries 24 hr 30 min
Portsmouth - Santander Brittany Ferries 24 hours
Cork - Santander Brittany Ferries 28 hr 30 min

Spain ferries from France

Toulón - Alcudia (Mallorca) Corsica Ferries 10 hr 30 min

Spain ferries from Morocco

Nador - Motril (Granada) Naviera Armas 7 hrs 30 mins
Nador - Almería Trasmediterranea 8 hours
Nador - Barcelona Grandi Navi Veloci 28 hr 45 min
Al-Hoceima – Motril (Granada) Naviera Armas 6 hours
Tangiers - Algeciras (Cádiz) Trasmediterranea 1 hr 30 mins
Tangiers - Barcelona Grandi Navi Veloci 28 hours
Tangiers - Barcelona Grimaldi Lines 28 hours

Spain ferries from Algeria

Oran - Almería Trasmediterranea 8 hours
Ghazaouet - Almería Trasmediterranea 7 hours

Visit our ferry ticket website and find the companies that operate ferry routes to and from Spain.

There are many ferry boats to North Africa leaving daily from España/Spain and going to and from Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia.

Spain 1 Country Pass

Eurail Spain Pass (Eurail is a European Rail Pass for Non Europeans)

Interrail Spain Pass (Interrail is a European Rail Pass for Europeans)

Renfe Spain Pass

Eurail 2 Country Select Pass

Spain 2 Countries Pass

Discover Spain, France, Switzerland, Portugal and Italy by train.

If you want to get a taste of 2 different cultures on a single trip, choose the Eurail Two Country Select Pass (previously called the Eurail Regional Pass).

This pass lets you discover 2 bordering European countries by train and offers the best value if you want to focus your adventure on a specific part of Europe

Eurail Select Pass

Eurail Select Pass

Spain 3 or 4 Countries Pass

Pick your itinerary and travel to three popular cities in Europe: Barcelona, Marseille, Rome, Milan, Paris and Monaco or Madrid.

Eurail Select Pass

Eurail 3 Country Select Pass

Spain 3 Countries Pass

Travel in 3 bordering countries in Europe.

Delve deeper into the culture, landscape, and everyday life of 1 region in Europe.

With the Eurail Three Country Select Pass you can narrow your trip to 3 bordering countriesEurail 3 Country Benelux-France-Spain Pass

Eurail Select Pass

Eurail 4 Country Select Pass

Spain 4 Countries Pass

Travel in 4 bordering countries in Europe.

Travel by train in 4 European countries with the Eurail Four Country Select Pass.

You can pick the 4 bordering countries you'd like to visit below.

Eurail Select Pass

Eurail Global Rail Pass 33 Countries Pass

Enjoy train travel in 33 countries with this one pass!

Eurail Global Pass

Interrail Global Rail Pass 33 Countries Pass

Enjoy train travel in 33 countries with this one pass!

Interrail Global Pass

Eurail Pass Benefits in Spain

AVE - Spanish High Speed Trains - Ave

AVE Train Tickets - AVE - Alta Velocidad Española

Spain Rail Pass - Renfe Rail Pass

Spain Rail Pass - Spain Rail Tickets

Spain Rail Tickets - Renfe Rail Tickets

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AVE - Spanish High Speed Trains

AVE - AVE Train Tickets - Alta Velocidad Española - AVE

Renfe Rail Pass - Renfe Rail Ticket

Renfe Train Tickets E‑TICKET (Spain)

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