Planning to travel from Madrid to Seville by train? You've come to the right place!
The train from Madrid to Seville usually takes 2h 38m, but can take just 2h 23m on the fastest services. You'll be travelling direct on this route with Renfe – their trains offer comfortable seating, space for luggage and, on most services, free WiFi.
Trains depart from Madrid Atocha station and arrive into Sevilla Santa Justa, the city’s main railway station. Renfe AVE trains whisk you at speeds of up to 300km/h (186 mph) during the journey and offer First Class, including wide reclining leather seats and access to their Club rooms, if you fancy travelling in style.
Whether you’re heading to Seville to take in the UNESCO Real Alcázar or experience the flamenco, keep reading to find train timetables, ticket prices and FAQs. Or if you’re ready to go, head straight to the Journey Planner at the top of the page to book your train tickets from Madrid to Seville.
It’s official! The Europe League Final will take place between Rangers and Eintracht Frankfurt in Seville on Wednesday 18th May 2022. If you’re lucky enough to have bagged tickets, the easiest way to get to Seville is by train.
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.
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.§
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 Madrid and Seville is 2 hours and 44 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Madrid to Seville is 2 hours and 23 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Madrid to Seville can start from as little as €19.30 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 Madrid to Seville without having to change trains. There are 13 direct trains from Madrid to Seville each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Madrid to Seville leaves at 07:00. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
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.
Trains travelling from Madrid to Seville cover a distance of around 242 miles (390 km) during the journey.
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 Básico ticket to travel in Clase Estandár (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 Estandár (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 Básico ticket in Clase Estandár (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 on board 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
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.