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).
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.
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 Cádiz to Jerez de la Frontera by booking early.§
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.
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!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Cádiz and Jerez de la Frontera is 33 minutes, with around 15 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 fastest journey time by train from Cádiz to Jerez de la Frontera is 31 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Cádiz to Jerez de la Frontera can start from as little as €6.25 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Cádiz to Jerez de la Frontera without having to change trains. There are 15 direct trains from Cádiz to Jerez de la Frontera each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Cádiz to Jerez de la Frontera leaves at 04:40. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Cádiz to Jerez de la Frontera leaves at 19:40. 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.
Trains travelling from Cádiz to Jerez de la Frontera cover a distance of around 14 miles (22 km) during the journey.
Cadiz is such a small town that you can easily walk from one place to another, including the old part of the town. No need for taxis or any type of public transport.
Cadiz train station is divided into two different areas: the old one, which is currently being renovated and turned into a market, and the new one, where you can find the platforms, Renfe’s office and different shops and restaurants.
While you don’t need to show your train ticket when boarding Renfe’s Cercanías and Media Distancia (middle distance) trains, you’ll need to do so on Alvia trains.
Alvia, faster than Media Distancia trains
I chose to travel with Alvia because it’s so much faster than a Media Distancia train. As I knew that I wouldn’t change my travel dates when buying my ticket, I picked the Promo ticket in Clase Turista (Second Class). This type of ticket, which doesn’t allow any refund or cancellation, is Renfe’s cheapest train ticket.
Alvia trains cover long-distance routes that aren’t served by AVE trains. The journey was short and quite pleasant. I was in Clase Turista of carriage 6, where there were two reclining seats on each side of the aisle and a lot of space for luggage. The seats were quite comfortable, with armrests, footrests and reclining tables.
I arrived at Jerez de la Frontera at 11:25 as expected.
Destination: Jerez de la Frontera
Train stops: San Fernando, Puerto de Santa María
Departure time: 10:50
Arrival time: 11:25
Service: Renfe Alvia
Train: Alvia 2105
Maximum speed: 200-250 km/h
Seat: 6D (Window)
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.