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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 4h 27m to travel from Madrid to Seville by train, over a distance of around 242 miles (390 km). There are normally 12 trains per day travelling from Madrid to Seville and tickets for this journey start from €23.15 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 30m
Price€23.15 - €136.50
Distance242 miles (390 km)
Frequency12 trains per day
Departure stationMadrid
Arrival stationSeville
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorssocibus

Madrid to Seville train times

Check out the next trains departing from Madrid to Seville for martedì 28º lug 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
07:20 11:05 3h 45m, 1 change
08:30 11:14 2h 44m, direct
09:00 11:38 2h 38m, direct
11:05 13:41 2h 36m, direct
12:00 14:32 2h 32m, direct
16:00 18:30 2h 30m, direct
16:35 19:56 3h 21m, 1 change
17:35 20:15 2h 40m, 1 change
19:00 21:38 2h 38m, direct
19:30 07:35 12h 05m, 1 change

Renfe, AVE, AV-City and Alvia trains from Madrid to Seville

You can travel from Madrid to Seville on Renfe, AVE, AV-City 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.

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.

Designed to complement its AVE high-speed service, Renfe’s AV-City trains usually offer cheaper fares than the AVE. The trains have two comfort classes available – Turista (standard) and Turista Plus (wider, more comfortable seats and extra legroom). All trains have air conditioning and WiFi on board, and most also have a buffet carriage serving food and beverages.

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.

Cheap train tickets from Madrid to Seville

Train tickets from Madrid to Seville start at €23.15 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around €77.08.
lowest price found
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price68.33
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price68.53
on the day
avg. single price77.08

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 guide to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap 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.

Journey details

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 4 hours and 27 minutes, with around 12 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.

How fast does the train from Madrid to Seville travel?

AVE high-speed trains from Madrid to Seville can travel at speeds of up to 193 mph (310 km/h). The fastest journey time from Madrid to Seville by train is 2 hours and 30 minutes.

How much does the train from Madrid to Seville cost?

The average train ticket price from Madrid to Seville usually costs around €68.53 two weeks before travel, but can start from as little as €23.15 when you book in advance. Prices also vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Madrid to Seville?

Yes. There are 7 direct Renfe trains that travel from Madrid to Seville each day with an average journey time of 4 hours and 27 minutes.

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

The first train from Madrid to Seville leaves at 07:00 from Madrid Central. 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 19:32 from Madrid Central. 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.

Which train companies operate between Madrid and Seville?

All trains travelling from Madrid to Seville are operated by Renfe – the national train operator in Spain.

Are there security checks on trains from Madrid to Seville?

Yes. When boarding the train from Madrid to Seville, all passengers must pass through a security control point for a ticket and baggage check before departure. This is a requirement on all trains in Spain and the check-point usually closes two minutes before the train is due to depart.

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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Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Madrid to Seville for a typical week day using timetable data for 28/07/2020. 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 27/07/2020 for travel on 25/05/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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