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Traveling from Seville to Madrid by train

Planning a trip from Seville to Madrid train? Start your journey with us! 

On average, the train from Seville to Madrid takes around 2 hours and 38 minutes, with around 24 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. 

Book your ticket with Trainline and travel to the capital from one of Spain’s most beautiful and architecturally stunning cities. You might think the journey from Seville to Madrid is too far for a train, but thanks to Renfe’s high-speed rail services, you can wake up in Seville for breakfast and be boating your way around the lake at Parque del Buen Retiro in Madrid before lunchtime. If you'd like to experience the nightlife (or la marcha as locals say), check out our guide to the best places to watch flamenco in Madrid

The good news doesn’t stop there either. Renfe trains are fantastically well equipped with luxurious First Class cars - look out for Preferente or Club tickets to experience it. You’ll be able to travel much more comfortably than you would by air, even if you just travel in Standard Class.  

So, knowing all that, what are you waiting for? Book a ticket above! Or, if you’d like to find out more, keep reading for more information on: 

Seville to Madrid by train

It takes an average of 2h 48m to travel from Seville to Madrid by train, over a distance of around 242 miles (390 km). There are normally 26 trains per day traveling from Seville to Madrid and tickets for this journey start from $7.99 when you book in advance.

First train

5:50 am

Last train

8:57 pm

Departure station

Seville

Arrival station

Madrid

Journey time

From 2h 37m

Distance

242 miles (390 km)

Frequency

26 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From $7.99

Train and bus operators

Socibus, iryo, Renfe

Seville to Madrid train times

Check out the next trains departing from Seville to Madrid for mercoledì mag 29º 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
5:50 am Sevilla Santa Justa8:52 am Madrid Atochaavlo 2469 Get tickets3h 2m, direct
6:40 am Sevilla Santa Justa9:23 am Madrid Atochaave 2261 Get tickets2h 43m, direct
6:54 am Sevilla Santa Justa9:36 am Madrid Atocha6011 Get tickets2h 42m, direct
7:10 am Sevilla Santa Justa10:02 am Madrid Atochaave 2071 Get tickets2h 52m, direct
8:01 am Sevilla Santa Justa10:58 am Madrid AtochaAlvia/Avant 8085 Get tickets2h 57m, 1 change
8:03 am Sevilla Santa Justa11:12 am Madrid AtochaAlvia/Avant 2075 Get tickets3h 9m, direct

AVE, iryo, Renfe and Alvia trains from Seville to Madrid

You can travel from Seville to Madrid on AVE, iryo, Renfe and Alvia 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.

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.

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.

iryo, AVE, Avlo and Alvia classes from Seville to Madrid

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

Onboard services on iryo, AVE, Avlo and Alvia

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

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

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.

LuggageLuggageBaggage

On Alvia trains you can take up to three pieces of baggage on board, provided that they are less than 290cm long and weigh less than 25kg in total. Strollers and instruments smaller than 30 x 120 x 38 cm are also classed as hand baggage.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

Most Alvia trains have an onboard café-bar, as well as an at-seat service with a wide selection of food and drinks.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

On board Alvia services, you can connect to PlayRenfe, a platform offering free WiFi and hours of entertainment.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

Children under 4 travel free on Alvia services with a free child's ticket. Plus, passengers under 14 get a 40% discount on their chosen tariff.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

With Alvia, folded bicycles that are less than 180cm long and are stored in a case count as hand baggage. If your bike is larger than this, it will count as special baggage and must be no larger than 120 x 90 x 40 cm - you must also detach the pedals and rotate the handlebars 90 degrees.

PetPetPets

You can take your pet with you if they weigh less than 10kg, travel in a carrier no larger than 60 x 35 x 35 cm, and have a pet ticket. In Elige Confort a pet ticket is free, while in Básico a pet ticket costs 25% of the price of a ticket.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

Alvia has an assistance service for passengers with reduced mobility or a disability. To arrange assistance, you can call (+34) 900 400 555 (international calling charges may apply).

Cheap train tickets from Seville to Madrid

The price of train tickets from Seville to Madrid starts at $7.99 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 Seville to Madrid 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.

Traveling from the airport to central Seville

If you’re flying to Seville, you’ll need to make your way to the city center before your journey to Madrid. If you want to know how to get to central Seville from the airport, keep reading for more details.

If you’re traveling to Seville from abroad, you’ll most likely depart from the city’s main airport, Seville Airport, which is just over 6 miles from the city center. 

Generally, the easiest way to get from Seville city center to the airport is by bus. You can take the EA (Especial Aeropuerto) bus from the main terminal to some of the main stops in the city center, including Prado de San Sebastián, Sevilla Santa Justa train station and Plaza de Armas bus station. 

When you board the bus, you’ll be able to buy your ticket from the bus driver for €4, or around $4.37 (as of November 2023).  

How to get to Sevilla Santa Justa station

No matter which train operator you decide to travel with, your train will depart from Sevilla Santa Justa station.

If you're heading to Sevilla Santa Justa station from central Seville, you can get there using the city's public transport system:

  • Bus: 2 bus services can take you from the city center to the train station: bus 32 and bus 21. Bus 32 towards Victoria Dominguez stops at Plaza Duque, Plaza de la Encarnación (where Las Setas are), Ponce de León and José Laguillo (Seville Santa Justa station)​. Bus 21 towards Pedro Romero stops at central stops such as Puerta de la Carne, Juzgados de Sevilla, Puerta de Jérez, Teatro de la Maestranza, Plaza de Toros, Marqués de Parada and José Laguillo (Seville Santa Justa station).
  • Walk: From Sevilla Santa Justa, you can get to Seville Cathedral and the Royal Alcázar of Seville in about 30 minutes.

Everything you need to know about Sevilla Santa Justa station

Once you’ve arrived at Sevilla Santa Justa station, there are plenty of things to do while waiting for your train to arrive.

Serving over 9 million travelers each year, Sevilla Santa Justa is the city’s main train station and the third-busiest station in Spain. Usually, the train station is open from 04:30am until 12:30am on weekdays and from 05:15am until 12:30am on weekends and public holidays.

Once you’ve gone through the main entrance, you’ll arrive at the main concourse of Sevilla Santa Justa station. Here you’ll find:

  • Ticket office
  • Ticket machines
  • Tourist information office
  • ATM
  • Shops
  • Newsagents
  • Left baggage
  • Restaurants
  • Bars

Train stations between Seville and Madrid

During your journey from Seville to Madrid, the train may stop at certain towns and cities along the way.

In total, the journey from Seville to Madrid takes just over 2 and a half hours. Depending on which service you travel on, you can visit some of the most beautiful cities and towns in Spain, including Cordoba, Puertollano and Ciudad Real. Please note that not all trains serve the same stations. In fact, some trains don’t stop anywhere along the way. The stations you are likely to stop at are:

  • Cordoba 
  • Villanueva De Cordoba 
  • Puertollano 
  • Ciudad Real 

Arriving at Madrid Atocha station from Seville

Whichever train operator you decide to travel with, you will arrive in the city center, at Madrid Atocha station.

From Madrid Atocha station, it’s easy to get to central Madrid thanks to public transport. You can get there by:

  • Metro: From Atocha Renfe metro station, you can take Metro Line 1 to the city center.
  • Bus: There are various buses available from Madrid Atocha station to the city center.
  • Walk: From Madrid Atocha, you can get to Puerta del Sol in central Madrid on foot in around 25 minutes.

If you want to travel from Madrid Atocha to Madrid Airport, you can take a Renfe train, which takes around 35 minutes in total.

Using public transport in Madrid

During your time in Madrid, you’ll find the public transport system is easy, fast, safe and reliable.

Taking the metro in Madrid 

Madrid’s underground system, known as the Metro, is the easiest way to get around the city. Comprised of 12 lines and over 300 stations, Madrid’s Metro is one of the most accessible metro systems in Europe. 

Generally, the Metro runs from 6:00 am until 1:30 am, with trains arriving every 2-15 minutes. Typically, a single journey on public transport costs between €1.50 and €2, making it a very low-cost way to navigate the city. 

Taking the bus in Madrid 

In Madrid, the Metro system is integrated with the bus system, meaning that you can travel on the Metro and the bus with the same ticket. Roughly, there are over 200 bus lines with over 2,000 buses in operation. The city’s EMT buses are blue and offer excellent views of the city as you travel to your destination. 

Taking the tram in Madrid 

The tram system in Madrid, also known as the Metro Ligero, is an overground metro connecting the city through 4 lines and over 50 stations. If you want to travel from the city center to Madrid’s suburbs, or vice versa, the Metro Ligero is what you’re looking for. 

How to get from Madrid city center to the airport

If you’re flying home from Madrid, you will almost certainly depart from Madrid-Barajas Airport. If you want to get from central Madrid to the airport, keep reading for more details.

Situated northeast of the city center, Madrid Barajas Airport is the main international airport serving the Spanish capital and can be easily reached by Metro or bus.   

Metro to Madrid-Barajas Airport 

Madrid’s Metro system is the quickest and easiest way to get to Madrid-Barajas Airport from the city center. From 6:00 am to 2:00 am, you can take the Metro to Terminal T2 or Terminal T4. Jump on Line 8 at Nuevos Ministerios Metro station in the center of Madrid and go straight to the airport in just 12 minutes. 

Buses to Madrid-Barajas Airport 

Operating 24 hours a day, the Exprés Aeropuerto (Airport Express) stops at Madrid Atocha station, Plaza de Cibeles and O'Donnell. During the day, buses run every 15 minutes and during the night, every 35 minutes. You can jump on the bus and get off at terminals T1, T2 or T4. In total, the journey takes approximately 40 minutes. 

Explore Europe by train with a Eurail pass

Once you’ve finished exploring Madrid, 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.

If you’re an American or Canadian citizen, you can use a Eurail Pass. 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 Seville to Madrid

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

The average journey time by train between Seville and Madrid is 2 hours and 48 minutes, with around 26 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 Seville and Madrid by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Seville to Madrid is 2 hours and 37 minutes.

How much does the train from Seville to Madrid cost?

Train tickets from Seville to Madrid can start from as little as $7.99 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 Seville to Madrid?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Seville to Madrid without having to change trains. There are 23 direct trains from Seville to Madrid each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Seville to Madrid leaves at 05:50. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Seville to Madrid leaves at 20:57. 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 Seville and Madrid by train?

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

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AVE: the best way to travel between Seville and Madrid

The train is the best way to travel between the cities of Seville and Madrid. With more than 20 daily services, Renfe's trains cover the 242 miles that separate the capitals of Andalusia and Spain in approximately 2 hours and 36 minutes. AVE services, however, are capable of making the journey in just 2 hours and 25 minutes.

Seville-Santa Justa Station

Located in the heart of Seville, just a 10-minute walk from the historic center, the Santa Justa station is the third busiest station in Spain, only surpassed by Madrid-Atocha and Barcelona-Sants.

More than 100 trains run through the station daily, connecting Seville with the rest of Andalusia and Spain.

Opened in 1991, the Seville-Santa Justa station has 12 platforms where different Renfe trains stop – 6 for domestic services and 6 for international services. The station offers numerous services, including information points, baggage storage lockers, ATMs, car rental offices and cafes.

To Madrid in 2 hours and 25 minutes

Once at the station, after having a coffee and a muffin in a cafe, I got on the AVE 2081 that leaves Seville at 08:45am. In my case, I bought a Flexible ticket for the Economy class. Taking into account the comfort and legroom offered by seats in this class, I don’t think it’s worth buying a Preferential class ticket.

Flexible tickets can also be canceled by paying a fee of only 5% of the ticket value, up to 5 minutes before departure.

In Renfe's Turista class cars, the seats are arranged in a 2+2 configuration and have at least two large tables with four seats. These can be reserved by purchasing four Table Rate tickets.

All seats are reclining, comfortable and have footrests, armrests, folding tables and two power outlets for charging electronic devices.

Depending on the type of ticket, you can enjoy Renfe's WiFi and on-board entertainment service. If your ticket is for the Promo fare and you do not wish to pay any additional costs, you can watch the film that is shown for free in all cars.

In addition, during the trip, Renfe staff stopped by on numerous occasions offering drinks and food. If you're someone who prefers to stretch your legs and have a drink away from your seat, go to the cafeteria car, available on all AVE trains.

We stopped in Córdoba

On the way to Madrid, AVE 2081 only stops at Córdoba station. We arrived in the Andalusian city at 09:27am and resumed our journey a few minutes later. During some sections between Córdoba and Madrid, we reached 186mph.

We arrived at the Madrid-Atocha station at the scheduled time, 11:15am.

  • Origin: Seville-Santa Justa
  • Destination: Madrid
  • Stops: Córdoba
  • Departure time: 08:45am
  • Arrival time: 11:15am
  • Service: AVE
  • Train: AVE 2081
  • Maximum speed: 300 km/h

About Jaime Campoamor

Jaime Campoamor is one of our trusted writers. The information for this review was obtained first-hand and is based on his own travel experience.


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