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Traveling from Madrid to Valencia by train

   

Taking a trip to the east coast of Spain and need more information on how to get from Madrid to Valencia by train? Look no further! Usually, the train journey from Madrid to Valencia takes around 1 hour and 49 minutes but can take just 1 hour and 40 minutes on the fastest services. As there are direct trains available from Madrid to Valencia, you don’t need to worry about changing along the way.

Imagine this – you arrive at Madrid Chamartín station on the edge of the city about 30 minutes before your departure time and breeze through a two-minute security bag check. Then, you jump on a high-speed train, and in around 1h 40m, you’re pulling into Joaquín Sorolla station in the heart of Valencia. Sounds awesome, right? Well, we certainly think so!

On this route, the train slices through the mountainous countryside at speeds of up to 223 mph as you descend from almost 700m above sea level down towards Valencia, which is located right on the Mediterranean seaside. Make yourself comfortable as you’re constantly suspended on hillsides, whooshing through tunnels, and around an hour into your journey, you’ll cross the spectacular bridge across the Contreras Reservoir with views out over the vast Hoces del Cabriel Nature Reserve. Make sure you’ve got your camera ready!

Once you’ve arrived at Joaquín Sorolla station, you can start exploring Valencia. There’s plenty to see and do in this vibrant city, including an essential trip to the iconic Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (The City of Arts and Sciences). For more inspiration, take a look at our guide to the ideal weekend in Valencia.

Keen to get started? Search for cheap train tickets from Madrid to Valencia in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. For more information, continue reading to find out more about the journey, daily timetables, how to find cheap train fares and more.

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Madrid to Valencia by train

It takes an average of 2h 0m to travel from Madrid to Valencia by train, over a distance of around 188 miles (303 km). There are normally 27 trains per day traveling from Madrid to Valencia and tickets for this journey start from $7.86 when you book in advance.

First train

6:30 am

Last train

9:00 pm

Departure station

Madrid

Arrival station

Valencia

Journey time

From 1h 52m

Distance

188 miles (303 km)

Frequency

27 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From $7.86

Train and bus operators

OUIGO, iryo, Avanza, Renfe, Grupo Samar

Madrid to Valencia train times

Check out the next trains departing from Madrid to Valencia for Tuesday Jul 2nd 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
10:15 am 12:09 pm 1h 54m, direct
10:30 am 12:24 pm 1h 54m, direct
11:15 am 1:30 pm 2h 15m, direct
11:30 am 1:34 pm 2h 4m, direct
12:15 pm 2:09 pm 1h 54m, direct
1:30 pm 3:34 pm 2h 4m, direct
1:45 pm 3:39 pm 1h 54m, direct
2:30 pm 4:30 pm 2h 0m, direct
3:30 pm 5:24 pm 1h 54m, direct
4:15 pm 6:16 pm 2h 1m, direct

AVE, OUIGO, iryo and Renfe trains from Madrid to Valencia

You can travel from Madrid to Valencia on AVE, OUIGO, iryo and Renfe 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.

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.

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OUIGO is the low-cost, high-speed train service operated by the French national train company SNCF. Despite having only one class on board, OUIGO trains offer the same comfort as Second Class seats on TGV trains, although OUIGO tickets are only available to purchase online. To make your journey as smooth as possible, arrive at least 30 minutes before departure and bear in mind that there's an additional fee for bringing a suitcase with you, having a seat with power sockets and travelling with a stroller/buggy.

Operating since the end of 2022, iryo is a new high-speed train company in Spain. It’s a consortium between the Spanish airline Air Norstrum and the train company Trenitalia, one of the greatest leaders in European rail transport. The first private Spanish high-speed company to operate, iryo runs high-speed services on the Madrid – Zaragoza – Barcelona route and connects Madrid – Cuenca – Valencia/Alicante and Madrid – Cordoba – Seville/Malaga. They are doing this all with a fleet of ETR1000 model trains that offer the highest level of comfort in Spain, with a combination of advanced propulsion and highest quality onboard services, including WiFi connection and catering service. 98% of the parts of the trains are 100% recyclable, making this trip sustainable as well!

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.

iryo, AVE, OUIGO and Avlo classes from Madrid to Valencia

Compare the different travel classes offered by iryo, AVE, OUIGO and Avlo when traveling from Madrid to Valencia.

Onboard services on iryo, AVE, OUIGO and Avlo

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from Madrid to Valencia.

LuggageLuggageBaggage

You can carry up to 3 pieces of baggage on iryo trains, as long as they do not exceed 25kg (55.1lbs) in total. These 3 pieces can be 2 suitcases with a maximum size of 85 x 55 x 35cm (33.4 x 21.6 x 13.7 inches) and a backpack or handbag that does not exceed the dimensions of 36 x 27 x 15cm (14.1 x 10.6 x 5.9 inches).

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

iryo offers different menus with high-quality products in all classes. You can buy your favorite meal from their onboard restaurant/bar car, which is usually near car 2. If you’re traveling in the Infinita Bistró Class, you can enjoy the Infinita Bistró food service – your meal will be served straight to your seat. Please note that you’ll need to book your meal at least 24 hours in advance.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

You can enjoy free WiFi in all classes on iryo trains, as well as an onboard entertainment platform providing a wide selection of movies, TV series, live news and Spotify.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

Kids aged 0-3 travel for free on all iryo trains. Kids aged 4-13 get a discounted ticket while those aged 14-18 need to pay the full price. Please note that kids aged under 18 need to be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

You can take your bike on board iryo trains for free if it’s folded and does not exceed 90 x 120 x 40cm. Also, your bike must travel without the pedals and with the handlebar rotated 90 degrees.

PetPetPets

iryo allows pets that do not exceed 10kg (22lbs) in weight, as long as they travel inside a carrier with a maximum size of 60 x 35 x 35cm (23.6 x 13.7 x 13.7 inches). You'll need to buy a ticket for your pet in advance. In addition, guide dogs can travel at no additional cost.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

There are 2 seats for people with reduced mobility on iryo trains. Step-free access is also available both when boarding and when getting off the train.

LuggageLuggageBaggage

With AVE, you can travel with up to 3 pieces of baggage that do not exceed 290cm (114.1 inches) and 25kg (55.1 pounds). In total, the maximum measurements of each piece of baggage are 85 x 55 x 35cm (33.4 x 21.6 x 13.7 inches). Musical instruments also count as hand baggage as long as they do not exceed the dimensions 30 x 120 x 38cm (11.8 x 47.2 x 14.9 inches) and are stored in a case.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

If you’d like to stretch your legs and grab a coffee during your journey, AVE trains have an onboard dining car. If you’d prefer to stay in your seat, AVE staff will pass through each car with a food and drink cart.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

On AVE trains, you can take advantage of PlayRenfe – their free WiFi and entertainment pass. Giving you access to exclusive content and fast connection speeds, PlayRenfe can be downloaded from the app store on your phone. Once you’re connected, you can access the PlayRenfe portal, where you’ll find exclusive live sport, news, films and TV series.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

Children under 3 years old travel for free with AVE, as long as they do not occupy a seat and have their free child ticket. Children from 3 to 14 years old can take advantage of a 40% discount on ticket prices.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

On all AVE trains, each passenger can take one bicycle or scooter on board, as long as it’s folded and carried inside a case. Also, the pedals must be removed and handlebars turned 90 degrees. Lastly, if the sum of the dimensions of the case is less than 180cm (70.8 inches), it's considered as hand luggage. However, if it’s bigger, it will be considered as special luggage (max dimensions 120 x 90 x 40 cm or 47.2 x 35.4 x 15.7 inches).

PetPetPets

With AVE, you can travel with a pet as long as it weighs no more than 10 kg (22 pounds) and travels inside a cage or carrier that measures max 60 x 35 x 35 cm (23 x 13 x 13 inches). Your pet must have their own pet ticket, unless you’re traveling with a Premium ticket, in which case the pet ticket is free. Guide and assistance dogs travel for free.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

AVE offer a free assistance and care service for people with reduced mobility. To request the service, passengers should contact AVE directly.

LuggageLuggageBaggage

One piece of hand baggage (36 x 27 x 15 cm) and one piece of cabin baggage (55 x 35 x 25 cm) can be taken onboard. You can take additional or larger bags with you (max. 30kg) for an extra fee or by paying for OUIGO Plus.​

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

On OUIGO trains in France: an at-seat service of snacks is available on Train classique services. This service is not available on high-speed OUIGO trains.
On OUIGO trains in Spain: OUIBAR is located in car 4 of each train and offers a selection of hot and cold drinks, plus snacks.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

WiFi (OUIFI) and an entertainment portal (OUIFUN) are available at an additional cost.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

For OUIGO trains in France: Passengers under 12 years old pay a fixed price for tickets all year round - €5 for journeys on Train classique services, and €8 for high speed services.
For OUIGO trains in Spain: Passengers under 12 pay €5 for all journeys.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

You can take your bicycle on board OUIGO trains if you add the 'Bike' option onto your ticket for an additional fee of at least €5. Your bike must be folded or dismantled and placed in a storage bag for transport.

PetPetPets

Pets are only allowed on board OUIGO trains if the 'Pets' option is added to your ticket at the time of booking. (1 pet per adult, per booking, €10 per pet.)

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

For disabled passengers or those with reduced mobility, you can request assistance through 'Accès Plus'. With this service, a member of staff will meet you at the station and help you get to your seat on the train. To book assistance, contact Accès Plus after you book your tickets (and no later than 48 hours before your train is due to depart).

LuggageLuggageBaggage

Traveling with a Básica ticket on an Avlo train? You can travel with 1 piece of hand baggage and 1 suitcase. Both pieces of baggage are not subject to a weight limit, but the hand baggage cannot exceed 27cm (10.6") x 36cm (14.1") x 25cm (9.8") and the suitcase cannot exceed 55cm (21.6") x 35cm (13.7") x 25cm (9.8") in dimensions. If you’d like to add 1 extra piece of baggage, you’ll need to pay a fee of €10 if you buy it at the time of purchase and €30 if you get it at the station.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

On Avlo trains, there is no onboard dining service. However, you will find a vending machine, serving a diverse variety of hot and cold drinks and snacks. Please note that the vending machine only accepts card payments.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

If you’re traveling with Avlo, you can enjoy free WiFi through the PlayRenfe platform. As soon as you’re connected you can enjoy films, television shows, newspapers and much more.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

Children under 3 years old travel for free with Avlo, as long as they do not occupy a seat. Children under 14 travel for €5 (maximum of 2 child tickets per adult).

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

Only folding bikes and scooters are allowed on board Avlo trains, as long as they do not exceed the dimensions permitted for suitcases – 55 x 35 x 25cm (21.6" x 13.7" x 9.8").

PetPetPets

You can travel with your pet for only €10 ($11.01), provided that you have a small pet, such as a dog, cat, ferret or bird (not poultry). Your pet must not weigh more than 10 kg (22 lbs) and must travel inside a cage or carrier, which must not exceed dimensions of 60 x 35 x 35 cm (23.6" x 13.7" x 13.7").

Please note there is a maximum of 1 pet per person and all pets must always travel with their own pet ticket and not take up a seat. Guide and assistance dogs are allowed on the train free of charge.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

With Avlo, passengers with reduced mobility can request the assistance service. For more information, contact Avlo directly.

Cheap train tickets from Madrid to Valencia

The price of train tickets from Madrid to Valencia starts at $7.86 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 Valencia 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.

Train tickets from Madrid to Valencia

On our website and in the Trainline app, you can compare train tickets from Madrid to Valencia. We'll help you find the cheapest ticket, the service with the most onboard amenities, the best value for money or the most convenient timetable for you.

Cheap trains from Madrid to Valencia

If you are looking for cheap trains from Madrid to Valencia, you are in the right place! In addition to bringing you the prices of the main train companies in Spain, we also have the main railway operators in Europe, so you can compare prices and choose the cheapest fares.

To find cheap train tickets from Madrid to Valencia, we have a couple of tips to help you save on your ticket price. One of them is to buy your train tickets as far in advance as possible, so that the lowest prices will be available.

Another tip for cheap tickets is to wait for offers from the train companies and plan your next getaway.

High-speed trains from Madrid to Valencia

In recent years, new high-speed train operators have begun to circulate in Spain. In addition to the AVE trains, you’ll now find iryo, Avlo and OUIGO, so train travelers have a variety of prices, schedules and services to choose from.

High-speed trains are a great alternative to the car or plane when traveling from Madrid to Valencia. Firstly, because of the speed, you can travel from Madrid to Valencia in less than 2 hours. Also, trains are more comfortable, since you can connect to the WiFi, have a coffee or simply take advantage of the trip to work or study.

Low-cost trains from Madrid to Valencia

Since the arrival of new train operators, travelers looking to save money on the price of their train tickets can find new low-cost services. In this regard, Avlo and OUIGO stand out from the other train companies.

These low-cost operators offer very cheap prices while still offering a high-quality service on board. That’s not all, the low-cost trains have encouraged the other train operators to lower their prices, so now is the perfect time to travel from Madrid to Valencia by train!

Traveling from the airport to central Madrid

When flying to Madrid from abroad, you will almost certainly land at Madrid-Barajas Airport. If you want to get from the airport to central Madrid, keep reading for more details.

How to get from Madrid-Barajas Airport to central Madrid

As the main international airport serving the Spanish capital, Madrid Barajas Airport can be easily reached by train, metro or bus. Read more about trains to and from Madrid Airport in our detailed guide.

Metro from Madrid-Barajas Airport

The quickest and easiest way to get from Madrid-Barajas Airport to the city center is the Metro. From 6:00 am to 2:00 am, you can take the Metro from Terminal T2 or Terminal T4. Jump on Line 8 and go straight to Nuevos Ministerios Metro station in the center of Madrid in just 12 minutes. From here, you can jump on another Metro and reach just about every part of Madrid!

Buses from Madrid-Barajas Airport

The Exprés Aeropuerto (Airport Express) runs 24 hours a day and stops at O'Donnell, Plaza de Cibeles and Atocha – home to Madrid’s largest train station. During the day, buses run every 15 minutes and during the night, every 35 minutes. You can jump on the bus at terminals T1, T2 and T4. In total, the journey takes approximately 40 minutes.

How to get to Madrid Chamartín station from central Madrid

Before your journey to Valencia, you need to travel to Madrid Chamartín station. Not sure how to get there? We’ve got you covered!

Set in the north of the city, Madrid Chamartín is easy to get to because of the city’s easy, fast and reliable public transport system. You can get there by:

  • Train: The fastest way to transfer from the city center to Madrid Chamartín is to take the suburban train, also known as Cercanías. Head to platforms 1 and 2 in Madrid Atocha station, where all trains go to Chamartín, every 3-9 minutes. Plus, if you have a train ticket to Valencia with AVE, iryo, OUIGO or Avlo, you can ride the Cercanías to Madrid Chamartín for free!
  • Metro: From central Metro stations such as Sol or Atocha, you can take Metro Line 1 (light blue) to Chamartín Metro station.
  • Bus: You can take bus line 72 from the city center to Madrid Chamartín station.

Boarding the train from Madrid to Valencia

Once you’ve arrived at Madrid Chamartín station, you can make your way to the platform. If you’re traveling with AVE, you can take advantage of Renfe’s Sala Club lounge if you’ve got a Confort (First Class) ticket. Please note that you cannot use the lounge if you’re traveling with an Elige ticket.

Arriving at Valencia station from Madrid

No matter which train operator you decide to travel with, your train will arrive at Valencia Joaquín Sorolla station.

As your journey starts and ends in the same country, you can simply leave the station as soon as you’ve arrived. Once you’ve left the station, you’ll find that Valencia train station is located in the south of the city. If you need any help or advice, you’ll find a 24-hour tourist information office at the station.

You’ll probably want to start soaking up the city’s atmosphere straight away – you can get from Valencia Joaquín Sorolla station to different parts of the city by:

  • Shuttle bus: From the station, there is a shuttle bus taking passengers to Estación del Norte – a station in the city center. The best part? It’s free! Simply present your train ticket to ride the shuttle bus for free.
  • Metro: Walk to Jesús metro station (5 minutes) and take either line 1, 2 or 7 to the city center.
  • Bus: Make your way to the San Vicente Mártir bus stop and take bus lines 9, 10 or 27 to central Valencia.
  • Taxi: Exit the station from the main concourse and you’ll find a taxi rank directly outside the entrance to the station.

Using public transport in Valencia

If you want to navigate Valencia quickly and conveniently, you can use the city's public transport system.

Taking the bus in Valencia

In Valencia, 23 bus lines are waiting to take you all over the city and surrounding neighborhoods. Buses run from 4:00am until 10:30pm and then night buses run until 2:00am on weekdays, and 3:30am on weekends.  

Generally, locals use the rechargeable Suma travel card to get around the city. For visitors, the best option is the Valencia Tourist Card. It offers unlimited journeys on public transport for 24 hours, 48 or 72 hours. You can buy a Valencia Tourist Card from any tourist information point. Alternatively, you can buy single bus tickets from the driver.  

Taking the Metro in Valencia 

Consisting of 9 lines, Valencia’s underground transport and tram system is run by Metrovalencia.  

Usually, a single underground ticket costs €1.50 ($1.64) for one zone, €2.80 ($3.06) for two zones and €4.80 ($5.25) for three zones. Each ticket allows passengers to switch between metro, tram and bus lines as necessary. All tickets can be purchased at underground or tram stations.  

On weekdays, operating hours are 4:00 am until 11:30 pm. On Friday and Saturday, the schedule is extended until 3:00am. Certain stations are famous for their design. Head to Lameda station to check out the iconic architecture, or make your way to Colón station to see what’s on at the exhibition space. Finally, Amado Granell-Montolivet station is home to a spectacular mural by Valencian illustrator Paco Roca. 

Things to do in Valencia and Spain

If you’re planning a trip to Valencia, but unsure where to visit first, here are some ideas for things to see and do in Valencia and Spain:

Traveling from central Valencia to the airport

If you want to know how to get to the airport from central Valencia, keep reading for more details.

If you’re traveling abroad from Valencia, you’ll most likely depart from the city’s main airport, Valencia Airport. The airport is located about 5 miles west of the city and can be reached by Metro or bus.

Metro to Valencia Airport

To get to Valencia Airport from central Valencia, there are two metro lines to choose from. Depending on where you’re located in the city, you can take either Line 5 (Airport / Torrent Avinguda- Neptú) or Line 3 (Airport / Palmaret- Rafelbunyol) directly to Valencia Airport.

Every 15-20 minutes, services can take you from central Valencia to the airport. In total, the journey takes around 20 minutes. The ticket costs €4.40 ($4.82), unless you have a Valencia Tourist Card, in which case it’s free.

Bus to Valencia Airport

Although it takes a bit longer, the bus is the cheapest option to get from Valencia’s downtown to the airport. From central areas such as Mislata, Quart de Poblet and Manises, you can take the number 150 bus to Valencia Airport.

On weekdays, buses run every 26 minutes. However, on weekends, buses run every 35 minutes. In total, the journey time is around 47 minutes. At the end of your journey, the bus will drop you off at the entrance of Terminal 1. A single ticket costs €1.45 ($1.59) and you can buy one from the driver.

Explore Europe by train with a Eurail Pass

After visiting Valencia, why not continue exploring Europe by train? With a Eurail Pass, you can travel across 33 European countries as much as you want on participating European train networks for a set amount of travel days.

You can use a Eurail Pass if you’re not a European citizen or resident. If you're a European citizen or a non-European who is an official legal resident of a European country, you can use an Interrail Pass instead.

 

FAQs for Madrid to Valencia

Want to know more about your journey from Madrid to Valencia? 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 Valencia take?

The average journey time by train between Madrid and Valencia is 2 hours and 0 minutes, with around 27 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 Valencia by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Madrid to Valencia is 1 hour and 52 minutes.

How much does the train from Madrid to Valencia cost?

Train tickets from Madrid to Valencia can start from as little as $7.86 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 Valencia?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Madrid to Valencia without having to change trains. There are 26 direct trains from Madrid to Valencia 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 Valencia leave?

The first train from Madrid to Valencia leaves at 06:30. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Madrid to Valencia 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 Valencia by train?

Trains travelling from Madrid to Valencia cover a distance of around 188 miles (303 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

Tips and tricks from our Trainline team

We love helping our customers find inspiration for their next train journey. Discover some travel stories written based on our employees' experiences.

Traveling by train from Madrid to Valencia has never been so easy

Due to work reasons, I am a frequent traveler on the Madrid to Valencia route. In fact, I travel from Madrid to Valencia and back again around once a month.

On AVE trains, all seats fold down and have footrests, armrests, folding tables, WiFi and two plugs to charge electronic devices. If you want to stretch your legs, AVE trains have a cafeteria car where you can purchase food and drinks. The journey took less than 2 hours and as I had a window seat, I spent most of the time looking at the impressive coastal views.

Since 2010, AVE has been the only train company to operate on the Madrid to Valencia route. However, in recent years, new operators have begun to take travelers from the capital to the Levantine coast, such as:

  • Avlo: Renfe's low-cost brand
  • OUIGO: the low-cost, high-speed French operator
  • iryo: a new brand offering a premium service on bright red trains

Thanks to these new operators, I now have the opportunity to compare ticket prices, on-board services and train timetables. In short, I have a lot more freedom when it comes to planning my journey.

Trainline is the best place to book train tickets from Madrid to Valencia, as you can find all the information you need in one app on your phone. Before Trainline, I had to download 5 different apps on my phone. Now, I just have to use one. Trainline is super easy and intuitive to use, and I can keep my ticket on my phone too.

Carlos, a Trainline employee, chose to share their experience of the journey between Madrid and Valencia.


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