Spain on the Train
Spain now has more kilometres of high speed rail track than anywhere else in Europe so exploring Spain on the Train is now a pleasure with spacious, clean railway cabins, comfortable reclining seats and Buffet cars serving tapas a selection of hot meals.
Barcelona and Madrid are obvious choices, but don't forget about Valencia the City of Arts and Sciences, now just an hour and a half away from Madrid thanks to the high speed AVE link. If Flamenco is more your thing, then you can't do better than the wonderful Moorish architecture of Seville. For the art enthusiasts, the Dali museum up in Figueres is a must and if all that culture is just too much for you and all you want to do is chill out then you can enjoy Europe's sunniest music festival at Benicassim.
Spain's High-speed trains:
AVE trains run with speeds up to 300 km/h on the routes: Madrid - Zaragoza - Camp de Tarragona - Barcelona, Madrid - Zaragoza - Huesca, Madrid – Córdoba -Sevilla, Madrid – Córdoba - Málaga and Madrid - Segovia - Valladolid, Madrid - Cuenca - Valencia, Barcelona - Córdoba - Sevilla and Barcelona - Córdoba - Málaga.
ALVIA trains run with speeds up to 220 km/h on the routes: Madrid - Gijón, Madrid - Santander, Madrid - Bilbao, Madrid - San Sebastián - Irún/Hendaya Madrid - Albacete - Valencia - Castelló, Madrid - Alicante, Madrid - Sevilla- Cádiz, Madrid - sevilla- Huelva, Madrid - Pamplona, Madrid - Logroño, Madrid - Vitoria, Barcelona - Vigo, Barcelona - Monforte (+ shuttle to a Coruña), Barcelona - Irún - Hendaye, Barcelona - Bilbao.
EUROMED trains run at 124 mph (200 km/h) on the line: Barcelona – Valencia/Alicante
ALTARIA trains run at 124 mph (200 km/h) on the following routes: Madrid - Córdoba - Algeciras, Madrid - Granada, Madrid - Murcia - Cartagena.
There are new lines planned and some work in progress, eg, the link between Alicante and Madrid
You can find information about the train times and prices at the following websites.
** It is advisable to book your ticket in advance as many of the popular routes get booked up weeks and even months in advance, especially in the summer.