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Travelling from Madrid to Seville by train in 2h 23m

Considering a trip to the capital of Andalusia and want to find out more information on how to travel by train from Madrid to Seville? You’ve come to the right place! 

Generally, the journey time from Madrid to Seville by train is 2h 40m but can take just 2h 21m on the fastest AVE services to travel the 242 miles between these two cities. As there are direct trains available from Madrid to Seville, you don’t need to worry about changing along your journey.  

At Madrid Atocha station, you’ll board an AVE train which will whisk you through the Spanish countryside, reaching speeds of 186 mph before arriving at Seville Santa Justa station. If you fancy treating yourself, opt for AVE’s First Class option to enjoy wide reclining leather seats and access to their Club Rooms.  

Once you’ve arrived in Seville, you can start exploring the city! There’s no shortage of things to see and do in Seville, but we’d recommend starting with the Royal Alcázar of Seville or the Plaza de España.  

Keen to start your journey? Start your search for cheap train tickets from Madrid to Seville in the Journey Planner at the top of the page. If you’d like to find some more information first, continue reading for train timetables, ticket prices and FAQs.

Madrid to Seville by train

It takes an average of 2h 45m to travel from Madrid to Seville by train, over a distance of around 242 miles (390 km). There are normally 18 trains per day traveling from Madrid to Seville and tickets for this journey start from $18.98 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 29m
PriceFrom $18.98
Distance242 miles (390 km)
Frequency18 trains per day
First train07:00
Last train21:00
Departure stationMadrid
Arrival stationSeville
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsSocibus, Renfe

Madrid to Seville train times

Check out the next trains departing from Madrid to Seville for Tuesday Aug 23rd 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
08:10 10:50 2h 40m, direct
09:00 11:45 2h 45m, direct
10:15 13:04 2h 49m, 1 change
11:00 13:48 2h 48m, direct
12:05 14:48 2h 43m, direct
13:00 15:50 2h 50m, direct
14:00 16:45 2h 45m, direct
15:00 17:41 2h 41m, direct
15:30 17:59 2h 29m, direct
16:05 18:49 2h 44m, direct

Renfe, AVE, Alvia and Media Distancia trains from Madrid to Seville

You can travel from Madrid to Seville on Renfe, AVE, Alvia and Media Distancia trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

Renfe is the national train operator in Spain. It operates trains on the longest high-speed railway network in Europe, and the second-longest in the world. The country's major cities are linked up by the high-speed AVE and Avlo trains, while other long-distance routes are served by Altaria, Talgo, Alvia and Euromed trains. Renfe also operates cross-border services into neighbouring Portugal and France. Depending on which service you are travelling on, you'll usually find two classes on Renfe trains - Estándard (Standard Class) and Confort (First Class). Fare types range from the cheapest (but least flexible) Básico fare, to the more flexible Elige fares, to the Premium fare for seats in Confort carriages.

AVE is Renfe's flagship high-speed service, with trains capable of reaching up to 193 mph (310 km/h). It’s one of the fastest trains in Europe and connects the main cities of Spain. Most AVE trains offer two comfort classes – Estándard (Standard Class) and Confort (First Class equivalent, with 1-1 configuration, ultra-wide seats, gourmet food and drink and lounge access). All AVE trains have air conditioning, power sockets, free WiFi and a buffet carriage serving a selection of food and drinks. There are three fares for AVE services: the cheapest but least flexible Básico fare, the Elige fare (slightly pricier but more flexible), and the Premium fare for seats in Confort Class.

Renfe's Alvia services combine high-speed tracks with lower speed sections, reaching speeds of up to 155 mph (250 km/h) on international lines and 125 mph (200 km/h) on conventional lines. These trains connect the cities of Madrid, Barcelona and Alicante with the other main Spanish cities. Alvia offers two types of classes – Turista (Second Class) and Preferente (First Class). The latter has wider seats, carriages with fewer seats, offers complimentary food and drinks, free newspapers, and access to parking and Club meeting rooms.

Renfe's Media Distancia are regional trains operated by CAF locomotives that run on medium-distance routes not covered by Avant high-speed trains. Most Media Distancia trains have one class. However, there are some that will have Turista (Second Class) and Preferente (First Class). These trains also have spaces for bicycles, and all seats are equipped with power sockets and reading lights.

Cheap train tickets from Madrid to Seville

The price of train tickets from Madrid to Seville starts at $18.98 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Madrid to Seville by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for Madrid to Seville

Want to know more about your journey from Madrid to Seville? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Madrid to Seville take?

The average journey time by train between Madrid and Seville is 2 hours and 45 minutes, with around 18 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Madrid and Seville by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Madrid to Seville is 2 hours and 29 minutes.

How much does the train from Madrid to Seville cost?

Train tickets from Madrid to Seville can start from as little as $18.98 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Madrid to Seville?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Madrid to Seville without having to change trains. There are 16 direct trains from Madrid to Seville each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Madrid to Seville leave?

The first train from Madrid to Seville leaves at 07:00. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Madrid to Seville leave?

The last train from Madrid to Seville leaves at 21:00. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Madrid and Seville by train?

Trains travelling from Madrid to Seville cover a distance of around 242 miles (390 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Seville to Madrid.

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500 kilometres in less than 2h 30m

Review by Jaime Campoamor Velasco

AVE trains are the quickest way to travel between Madrid and Seville – the capitals of Spain and Andalusia. Inaugurated in 1992, it was the first high-speed train route operated by Renfe.

More than 20 AVE trains connect Madrid to Seville every day, covering more than 500 km in less than 2h 30m. These trains can reach speeds of up to 300 km/h – travelling from Madrid to Seville by train has never been faster!

Travelling from Madrid-Atocha to Sevilla-Santa Justa

The high-speed AVE train departs from Madrid Atocha train station. Located in the south of the Spanish capital, the station is divided into two different areas, one served by Renfe Cercanías (commuter trains) and the other by medium and long-distance trains. AVE trains depart from the second area, opposite the taxi rank and parking. 

I bought a Promo ticket to travel in Clase Turista (Second Class) and took the AVE Madrid-Seville train at 11:00 from platform 8. I had to go through security checks to gain access to the platforms.

After the security checks, you’ll find plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from, a bookshop, a couple of electronics shops, a jewellery shop and a big waiting area where you can sit and relax whilst you wait for your train.

Relax and enjoy your journey

When travelling in Clase Turista (Second Class) you’ll find two seats on each side of the aisle and at least two big tables with four seats per carriage, perfect when travelling with family or friends. If you want to enjoy the views without feeling dizzy like me, pick a forward-facing window seat.

The seats are quite comfortable – each one reclines, has a footrest, a small table to work or eat on and two European plug sockets to charge your electronic devices.

Even though the Promo ticket in Clase Turista (Second Class) doesn’t include the onboard entertainment service PlusRenfe, the Spanish train company offers different data plans that you can buy when connecting to the onboard WiFi. If you don’t want to pay for this extra service, you can still enjoy the latest movie releases onboard for free. This is why, ten minutes after boarding the train, the staff offered out free headphones to all of us. You’ll also find clean toilets at the end of every carriage.

Arriving in Seville

The AVE 2110 train I took to Seville was smooth, the temperature was perfect and the staff came several times to offer us food and drinks. During our journey, we reached a speed of 298 km/h.

If you want to stretch your legs and have a short walk, you can also go to one of the restaurant carriages you can find on all AVE trains.

I arrived at Sevilla-Santa Justa train station at 13:21, 9 minutes before the scheduled time.

 

Origin: Madrid-Puerta de Atocha

Destination: Sevilla-Santa Justa

Train stops: Cordoba

Departure time: 11:00

Arrival time: 13:21

Service: Renfe AVE

Train: AVE 2110

Maximum speed: 298 km/h

Class: Turista

Carriage: 5

Seat: 5a

 

About Jaime

Jaime is one of our trusted, hand-picked travel writers. The information for this article was recorded first-hand, based on his own genuine experience of the journey.

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The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Madrid to Seville for a typical week day using timetable data for 08/23/2022. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 07/27/2022 for travel on 07/27/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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