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Madrid - Zaragoza - Barcelona (AVE Train)

Rail

The Journey

This journey, between Madrid and Barcelona is made on-board high-speed Alta Velocidad Espanola trains. There are services roughly every half an hour, making this journey very convenient. The AVE service is very punctual, with the operator RENFE offering a refund if your train arrives over fifteen minutes late. This journey is one of the fastest long-distance trains in operation, as you can take a non-stop service between the two cities, which takes only 2hrs and 40minutes.


Alta Velocidad Española (AVE)

The AVE is Spain's answer to the TGV; a high-speed service linking key cities within the country, operated by Renfe. The service is the longest high-speed rail network in Europe, with the first link opened in 1992 between Madrid and Sevilla. 

The service is well known for being extremely punctual, especially between Madrid and Sevilla. AVE currently covers a large number of routes, serving destinations including Madrid, Seville, Valladolid, Barcelona, Malaga, Toledo, Cordoba, Zaragoza, Bilbao and Santander.

AVE trains are clean and comfortable, with all the modern amenities you would expect from a high-speed service. There are three classes of accommodation on-board: Club Class, Preferente Class and Tourist Class.

Club Class

Club Class offers passengers first class seats in air conditioned carriages. Onboard, passengers are treated to a free hot meal and drinks served at their seat, as well as access to a radio and TV at each seat, along with power sockets and complimentary newspapers and magazines. Before the journey, passengers also have access to AVE Lounges in key locaions, as well as free car parking for 24/48 hours (depending on ticket type - single/return).

Seats are arranged in rows of three, with the gangway running down to form sets of two and one seat. Sets of four seats facing each other across a table are also available, as well as sets of two individual seats across a table.

An on-board meeting room is also available for Club Class passengers, and should be pre-booked if required.

Preferente

Like Club Class, Preferente passengers have first class seats in air conditioned carriages, as well as access to a radio and TV at each seat. Power sockets are also available, and an a la carte meal is included in the price of the ticket. Preferente passengers also benefit from access to AVE Lounges, and free car parking for 24/48 hours (depending on ticket type -signgle/return).

Seats are arranged in rows of three, with the gangway running down to form sets of two and one seat. Sets of four seats facing each other across a table are also available, as well as sets of two individual seats across a table.

Tourist Class

Tourist Class accommodation is in standard class seats, in air conditioned carriages. A radio and TV can be found at every seat, and power sockets are available on most trains.

Seats are arrnaged in rows of four, with the gangway running through the centre. Sets of four seats facing each other across a table are also available.

Passengers are permitted to carry up to three pieces of luggage with them on-board, up to a combined total weight of 20kg. Luggage should be stored in the dedicated racks provided. Unfortunately, bicycles are not permitted on-board.

Food & Drink

AVE services have on-board cafeterias, which are open throughout the duration of your journey. Cafeterias serve a range of hot and cold drinks and snacks. Hot meals can also be ordered at lunchtime. Meals can be eaten at your seat or in the lounge area.

Club and Preferente Class passengers receive a complimentary a la carte meal, served at their seats. Club Class passengers also benefit from pop-up tables, complete with table linen.

Entertainment

All passengers have access to an audio-visual unit. There are also telephones available on-board, as well as a nursery/play-area and board games. 

Disabled Passengers

AVE trains are able to accommodate passengers in wheelchairs. Accessible toilet facilities are also available. Dedicated staff are available throughout the journey to assist where possible.

Travelling with Pets

Small domestic animals are permitted on board, but must be transported in a pet carrier.

Timetable

Stopping points for this route vary depending on the exact service. The stations served include: Madrid Puerta de Atocha, Guadalajara - Yebes, Calatayud, Zaragoza Delicias, Lleida Pirineus, Camp de Tarragona and Barcelona Sants. Connecting services to Seville and Malaga are also available.

Trains run roughly every half an hour. Some trains are non-stop between Madrid and Barcelona, others stop only at Zaragoza, and other stop at all intermediate destinations.

JourneyRouteMon-FriSatSun
  FirstLastFirstLastFirstLast
Madrid to BarcelonaMadrid (At.)05.5021.0006.3020.2507.3021.00
Barcelona (S.)08.5523.4509.1523.4010.4023.45
Barcelona to MadridBarcelona (S.)06.0021.0006.0021.0007.0521.00
Madrid (At.)08.5500.0209.1500.0209.5000.02

Price

Second Class tickets for this journey between Madrid and Barcelona are available from €58.85. First Class tickets start from €88.25.

Special offers are often available for these services. Discounts are also available for booking online and for return journeys.

Railpass holders are required to pay a reservation supplement on this route. Standard Class supplements cost €10, while First Class supplements cost between €23.50 and €38.

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