Train travel in Spain & a trip on the high-speed AVE from Madrid to Barcelona - Podcast episode 19.

Updated: Jul 8, 2020

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In episode 19 of the When in Spain podcast show I talk all about train travel in Spain - my favourite way to travel.

Sit back and enjoy the ride as I take us on a trip from Madrid to Barcelona onboard Spain's high speed train, the AVE (Alta Velocidad Española).

A video I took inside Madrid's Atocha Station (This time I was going to Zaragoza)

AVE trains at Atocha Station
AVE trains at Atocha Station

From Madrid's Atocha station with its indoor jungle to Barcelona's modern Sants terminal, I describe the journey as we rocket across Spain at nearly 300 km p/h.

I look at routes, destinations, tickets, prices, how to book and give advice on how to get the best value across the rail network.

A video I took inside onboard the AVE heading to Málaga

The AVE First Class (Preferente)
The AVE First Class (Preferente)
Where to?

Speedo onboard the AVE - 287 Km per hour
Speedo onboard the AVE - 287 Km per hour

Links & resources for AVE/Train bookings:





And a fantastic website with tonnes of info on train travel in Spain:


AVE ticket classes: Turista (Most basic & cheapest, non-refundable) Turista+ (partially refundable) Preferente (First Class includes a meal & wine).

All of the above ticket classes come with an option of ‘flexible’ which means the ticket can be used on different trains for departure and return - you’re not tied to a specific time. Also, all of the above ticket classes sometimes offer promo or promo+. These are the discounted fairs which are real bargain but not always available.