A complete guide on train travel from Madrid

Train travel from Madrid is extremely easy, comfortable and safe. Whether you want to travel to a long-distance destination or somewhere nearby, Renfe offers you several options.

Save time and money getting your Renfe train tickets in advance. You can purchase them online!


Train travel from Madrid to other Spanish destinations

From Madrid you can easily reach Alicante, Barcelona, Córdoba, Málaga, Seville, Valencia and Zaragoza thanks to Renfe’s modern and extensive network of AVE high-speed trains.

In addition to this, you can travel to Bilbao, Salamanca, San Sebastián, and Valladolid although the trip will take longer than catching a flight.


Train travel from Madrid to nearby destinations

There are many superb day trips from Madrid by train. My favorites include Toledo, Segovia, El Escorial, Ávila and Alcalá de Henares.

Some of these, such as El Escorial or Alcalá de Henares rely on local trains, so you don’t need to get your Cercanías tickets in advance.

But other destinations (e.g. Toledo) are served by AVE high-speed trains. Therefore, book your tickets as soon as possible. These trains can quickly fill up on peak days.


Train travel from Madrid train stations

Madrid’s main train station is Atocha. It is very well connected with Barajas airport. For more information, have a look at how to exit the airport and how to get to the airport.

There is another important train station which is Chamartín.

Read more information on how to get around Madrid by train.


A complete guide to train travel in Spain

I love traveling by train. And it’s something that I do very often, especially between Madrid and Seville thanks to Renfe’s wonderful AVE high-speed trains.

Every day I get dozens of emails asking me about train travel in Spain, how to purchase Renfe tickets online and what’s the best itinerary possible using the train. That’s why after many years using Renfe trains myself, I decided to come up with a complete guide related to train travel in Spain based on my own experience.

The following section contains all the information that you need to know to make the most out of the Spanish train service.

Here is a complete summary of all the guide:

1. Renfe and the different types of trains
2. The main routes covered by Renfe trains
3. The different types of train seat classes
4. Renfe train tickets: price structure
5. How to purchase Renfe train tickets online
6. Renfe train tickets availability. When is it best to get yours?
7. 10 tricks for cheap train travel in Spain
8. Renfe luggage requirements and restrictions
9. The Combinado Cercanías ticket
10. Renfe’s punctuality commitment
11. Experience an AVE train trip before setting foot on the train!
12. The Renfe Spain Pass
13. Traveling with children or a disability