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The Spanish state railway Renfe was created in 1941 to run the nation's
rail network when it was nationalised. Renfe operates a wide variety of
services ranging from regional rural lines and commuter links to the
modern, high-speed AVE intercity trains. Renfe routes cover around
15,000 kilometres of railway. Renfe trains also travel from Spain into France in cooperation with France's national train company, SNCF. Book the cheapest Spanish train tickets with Omio today.
Renfe Routes and Destinations
Some of the most popular routes in Spain include Madrid to Barcelona, Madrid to Seville and Madrid to Alicante. Renfe's high-speed trains are increasingly used to keep travel times as short as possible.
Renfe operates different types of trains depending on the route. Renfe offers: Suburban trains, which usually operate within a single province; Middle-Distance trains, which travel within an autonomous region and adjacent communities; and long distance trains, which travel from one end of Spain to the other. Long-Distance Renfe trains feature numerous services including meals, refreshments, newspapers and movies.
Renfe's fleet of trains include:
AVE: These are Renfe's high-speed trains, most commonly used for long-distance routes. The AVE train from Madrid to Barcelona is the most popular high-speed train route in Spain. AVE trains offer a variety of services, including a "silent car" for those wishing to rest for the duration of their journey.
Alvia: Alvia trains operate on AVE tracks at lower speeds. Alvia trains are also used to reach destinations in Spain which are not located on AVE routes.
The first step of traveling with Renfe is by booking your train ticket. Where should you book your ticket, online on the company's website or directly at the train station in Spain? How cheap are Renfe train tickets?
Online booking: You can book your e-ticket online directly on Omio either on the website or on our free app where you can travel easy with mobile tickets when you book Renfe train tickets through Omio. Buy your Renfe ticket in English, and compare over 800 train and bus companies on the free Omio app.
Printing e-tickets at the station: Some electronic tickets must be printed on the automatic terminals, be careful when booking online. With Omio, you will not need to print your e-ticket and you can travel by train directly with your phone. To collect your tickets in the automatic stations, you must bring your reservation code received by mail. You can also buy your tickets directly at the stations at the automatic stations until 5 minutes before the departure of the train. Payment is made by cash or credit card.