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About the journey from Madrid to Seville by train

The average journey time by train between Madrid and Seville is 2 hours and 40 minutes, with around 25 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.

The first train departs Madrid Atocha station at 06:20 and the last train at 21:25, with 20 direct trains per day. The Madrid to Seville train arrives into Sevilla Santa Justa, the city’s main railway station. The entire journey is around 390km from start to finish.

AVE trains on this route run on the Madrid-Seville high-speed rail line, one of Spain’s original high-speed railway connections. You’ll hurtle at speeds of up to 300km/h during the journey. For those who like to travel in style, Renfe’s Preferente (First Class) offers wide reclining leather seats and access to their Club rooms at the station before you board.

Whether you’re heading to Seville to take in the UNESCO Real Alcázar or experience the flamenco, keep reading to find complete train timetables, ticket prices and FAQs. Or if you’re ready to go, head straight to the Journey Planner above to book your train ticket. We’ll show you the cheapest tickets and even email it to you as a convenient E-Ticket, which you can keep on your phone or print at home.

Madrid to Seville by train

It takes an average of 3h 37m to travel from Madrid to Seville by train, over a distance of around 242 miles (390 km). There are normally 13 trains per day travelling from Madrid to Seville and tickets for this journey start from $18.92 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 30m
PriceFrom $18.92
Distance242 miles (390 km)
Frequency13 trains per day
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 jeudi avr. 22 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
07:00 Madrid Atocha09:38 Sevilla Santa JustaAVE 2070 Renfe Get tickets2h 38m, direct
07:35 Madrid Atocha11:05 Sevilla Santa JustaAVE 2072 Renfe Get tickets3h 30m, 1 change
08:30 Madrid Atocha11:18 Sevilla Santa JustaAlvia/Avant 2084 Renfe Get tickets2h 48m, direct
09:05 Madrid Atocha11:26 Sevilla Santa JustaAVE 2090 Renfe Get tickets2h 21m, direct
10:35 Madrid Atocha14:02 Sevilla Santa JustaAlvia/Avant 8100 Renfe Get tickets3h 27m, 1 change
11:50 Madrid Atocha14:28 Sevilla Santa JustaAVE 2310 Renfe Get tickets2h 38m, direct
13:30 Madrid Atocha16:05 Sevilla Santa JustaAlvia/Avant 2134 Renfe Get tickets2h 35m, direct
14:00 Madrid Atocha16:32 Sevilla Santa JustaAVE 2140 Renfe Get tickets2h 32m, direct
16:00 Madrid Atocha18:32 Sevilla Santa JustaAVE 2160 Renfe Get tickets2h 32m, direct
16:35 Madrid Atocha19:37 Sevilla Santa JustaAVE 2162 Renfe Get tickets3h 2m, 1 change

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

You can travel from Madrid to Sevilla 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 has the widest network of high-speed trains in Europe, linking major cities with AVE, AV-City, Avant, Alvia, and Euromed trains. Long-distance routes are served by Altaria and Talgo trains, while regional routes are operated by Media Distancia, Regional and Express Regional trains. Renfe also operates on international routes to France and Portugal. Renfe trains offer four different travel classes, depending on the train you’re travelling on – Turista (Standard), Turista Plus (Premium Economy), Preferente (Business Class) and Club (First Class).

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 four comfort classes – Turista (standard class), Turista Plus (wider, more comfortable seats), Preferente (lounge access, wide leather seats, food and drink service) and Club (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.

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 $18.92 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 3 hours and 37 minutes, with around 13 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 30 minutes.

How much does the train from Madrid to Seville cost?

Train tickets from Madrid to Seville can start from as little as $18.92 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 8 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 05:45. 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 07:30. 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 04/22/2021. 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 08/21/2021 for travel on 08/21/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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