RENFE: your train tickets in Spain
As TrenItalia, SNCF or Deutschebahn in their respective markets, RENFE (Red Nacional de Ferrocarriles Españoles) is the leading railway operator in Spain. RENFE operates with the high speed train, allowing to cross the peninsula in a few hours. RENFE also offers trips in lower speed trains in a hundred stations.
RENFE in just 2 minutes
Trains in Spain, France and Portugal
507 million passengers per year
Spanish train operator
Low cost AVE
Founded in 1941
RENFE offers AVE, high-speed trains, ALVIA, for interurban journeys without the necessary infrastructure, Cercanías, for journeys connected to the outskirts of cities, and Euromed, for journeys in the Mediterranean corridor connected to Montpellier. Thanks to this diversification of trains, travelling by train is one of the best methods for exploring Spain and visiting the peninsular territory.
The AVE is the high-speed train offered by RENFE, inaugurated in 1992. They have free Wi-Fi and numerous services that provide extra comfort - AVE trains can reach up to 310 km/h!
ALVIA trains are the low-cost high-speed trains offered by RENFE to its passengers. Although they use Iberian gauge lines (instead of high-speed lines), ALVIA trains can reach 250 km/h. However, this type of train does not offer class differentiation. ALVIA shares train stations with the AVE.
Inter-local journeys are provided by RENFE commuter trains. These trains allow the arrival of passengers from the outskirts of the cities, mainly in Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Bilbao and Valencia. RENFE has created numerous sponsorships with local transport companies, so you will be able to use the same monthly voucher on commuter trains.
The Euromed is the train operated by RENFE that runs along the Mediterranean corridor. From Girona to Almería, passing through Barcelona, Tarragona, Castellón, Valencia, Alicante and Murcia. Due to the difficulty of the road, the Euromed reaches an average speed of 120 km/h.
International trains RENFE
RENFE also offers a reserved number of international journeys thanks to various sponsorships such as:
Elipses - connection in France
Lusitania - connection in Portugal
RENFE provides travellers with different fare levels, both for frequent travellers and everyday travellers or in certain age ranges:
Nominal subscription that allows the complete purchase of 30 to 50 RENFE trips.
Unipersonal and non-transferable voucher for up to 10 independent journeys between two specific RENFE stations.
Unipersonal and non-transferable voucher for up to 10 independent journeys between any of the hundreds of stations on the RENFE peninsula.
Voucher for 1 to 4 persons and non-transferable for up to 8 independent journeys between two specific RENFE stations.
Renfe Spain Pass
Bonus for tourists or foreigners. It allows you to make 4, 6, 8 or 10 trips.
Plus 10 Card
Nominal and unipersonal bonus for 10 AVANT RENFE trips.
Plus Card 10 Student
Nominal and one-person voucher for 10 AVANT trips at a reduced price for students.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How far in advance can I buy a Renfe ticket?
Renfe tickets can be purchased 90 to 140 calendar days in advance.
What is the difference between Economy class and Preferred class in RENFE?
Before boarding the train with the First Class, you can enjoy the Renfe Club Hall. Once on the train, the Preferred class has more comfortable armchairs, food on board and other advantages such as press, Wifi .
Can I travel with a baby carriage on RENFE trains?
Of course, but it must be folded. Blocking an aisle or emergency exit is strictly prohibited. The baby has to travel on the shoulders of its legal guardians.
Can I travel with a bicycle on RENFE trains?
You can travel with a bicycle as long as it is folded and in a cover that does not exceed 120 x 90 cm. This service is free and the bicycle will have to go in the same compartment as the suitcases.
Can I travel with liquids exceeding 100ml?
Don't worry about the bottles or any other bathroom utensil. Renfe is not limited to 100ml like airlines.
What documents do I need to travel with RENFE?
For residents of the European Union, a valid National Identity Document will suffice. For foreigners, we advise you to contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to find out if you need a visa or any other document.
Can I travel with my pet on a RENFE train?
Of course you can travel with man's best friend. It is accepted in the train domestic animals, understanding as such dogs, cats, ferrets or birds whose weight does not exceed 10kg. However, the animal must travel in a cage of 60 x 35 x 35 cm. If it is a guide dog for travelers with reduced visibility can travel with his master at no cost.
Where and how can I claim the delay of my RENFE train?
If the delay is between 30 and 119 minutes, the traveller is entitled to 25% of the ticket price. If the delay is equal to or greater than 120 minutes, the passenger is entitled to 50% of the ticket price.