Planning to travel from Madrid to Seville by train? You've come to the right place!
The train from Madrid to Seville usually takes 2 hours and 51 minutes but can take just 2 hours and 33 minutes on the fastest services. You'll be travelling direct on this route with either Renfe or iryo – their trains offer comfortable seating, space for luggage and, on most services, free WiFi.
Trains depart from Madrid Atocha station and arrive at Sevilla Santa Justa, the city’s main railway station. Renfe AVE trains operate at speeds of up to 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, head straight to our Journey Planner at the top of the page to book your train tickets from Madrid to Seville. Or, if you want to learn about the train journey first, keep reading to find more information on:
It takes an average of 2h 46m to travel from Madrid to Seville by train, over a distance of around 242 miles (390 km). There are normally 26 trains per day travelling from Madrid to Seville and tickets for this journey start from £6.29 when you book in advance.
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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.
If you're looking for a reasonably-priced experience without compromising on the best service and comfort, Inicial Class is ideal for you!
Singular Class is ideal for business travellers looking for flexibility and comfort. If you need to, you can adapt your ticket to your needs at the time.
If you're looking for added comfort and full flexibility, Singular Only YOU class is a fantastic choice, with access to select hotels too.
iryo's Infinita Class offers plenty of amenities on board, including wider leather reclining seats, free WiFi and at-seat meal service (Infinita Bistró) offering a complimentary gourmet meal. You'll need to book your meal 24 hours in advance.
In AVE's Estándar Class, you'll enjoy comfortable fuss-free travel. With luggage storage and air-conditioning throughout, there's access to their bar/restaurant carriage serving drinks and snacks and seats are usually in a row of 2 or 4 around a table. On board, you'll enjoy:
Onboard AVE's Confort Class, you’ll enjoy all the amenities of Estándar Class as well as extra perks, such as complimentary food and drinks, free newspapers and more. Don't forget to enjoy access to Renfe's Club Rooms before your trip to kick it off in style. On board, you'll enjoy:
Travel in Avlo’s Economy Class and you can connect to the free WiFi and grab some snacks from the vending machine.
Travel in Alvia's Estándar Class (Standard Class) and you'll enjoy many amenities, including air-conditioning, at-seat power sockets and footrests.
Upgrade to Alvia's Confort Class (First Class) and enjoy comfier seats, more legroom, an at-seat catering service and access to Renfe's Club lounges.
You can carry up to 3 pieces of luggage on iryo trains, as long as they do not exceed 25kg in total. These 3 pieces can be 2 suitcases with a maximum size of 85 x 55 x 35cm and a backpack or handbag that does not exceed the dimensions of 36 x 27 x 15cm.
iryo offers different menus with high-quality products in all classes. You can buy your favourite meal from their onboard restaurant/bar carriage, which is usually near coach 2.
If you’re travelling in the Infinita Class, you can enjoy the Infinita Bistró 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.
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.
Children aged 0-3 travel for free on all iryo trains. Children aged 4-13 get a discounted ticket while those aged 14-18 need to pay the full price. Please note that children aged under 18 need to be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.
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.
iryo allows pets that do not exceed 10kg in weight, as long as they travel inside a carrier with a maximum size of 60 x 35 x 35cm. You'll need to buy a ticket for your pet in advance. In addition, guide dogs can travel at no additional cost.
There are seats for people with reduced mobility on iryo trains. Step-free access is also available both when boarding and when getting off the train.
With AVE, you can travel with up to 3 pieces of luggage that do not exceed 290 cm and 25 kg. In total, the maximum measurements of each piece of luggage are 85 x 55 x 35 cm. Musical instruments also count as hand luggage as long as they do not exceed the dimensions 30 x 120 x 38 cm and are stored in a case.
If you’d like to stretch your legs and grab a coffee during your journey, AVE trains have an onboard bar carriage serving drinks and snacks. If you’d prefer to stay in your seat, AVE staff sell food and drinks from a trolley that will pass through the train during the journey.
On AVE trains, you can take advantage of PlayRenfe – their free WiFi and entertainment service. 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.
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.
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, it is considered as hand luggage. However, if it’s bigger, it will be considered as special luggage (max dimensions 120 x 90 x 40 cm).
With AVE, you can travel with a pet as long as it weighs no more than 10 kg and travels inside a cage or carrier (60 x 35 x 35 cm). Your pet must have their own pet ticket, unless you’re travelling with a Premium ticket, in which case the pet ticket is free. Guide and assistance dogs travel for free.
AVE offer a free assistance and care service for people with reduced mobility. To request the service, passengers should contact AVE directly.
If you are travelling with a Básica ticket on an Avlo train, you can travel with 1 piece of hand luggage and 1 suitcase. Both pieces of luggage are not subject to a weight limit, but the hand luggage cannot exceed 27 x 36 x 25 cm and the suitcase cannot exceed 55 x 35 x 25cm in dimensions. If you’d like to add 1 extra piece of luggage, you’ll need to pay a fee of €10 if you buy at the time of purchase and €30 if you get it at the station.
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 payment.
If you’re travelling 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.
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).
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.
You can travel with your pet for only €10, 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 and must travel inside a cage or carrier, which must not exceed dimensions of 60 x 35 x 35 cm.
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.
With Avlo, passengers with reduced mobility can request the assistance service. For more information, contact Avlo directly.
On Alvia trains you can take up to three pieces of luggage on board, provided that they are less than 290cm long and weigh less than 25kg in total. Pushchairs and instruments smaller than 30 x 120 x 38 cm are also classed as hand luggage.
Most Alvia trains have an onboard café-bar, as well as an at-seat trolley service with a wide selection of food and drinks.
On board Alvia services, you can connect to PlayRenfe, a platform offering free WiFi and hours of entertainment.
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.
With Alvia, folded bicycles that are less than 180cm long and are stored in a case count as hand luggage. If your bike is larger than this, it will count as special luggage and must be no larger than 120 x 90 x 40 cm - you must also detach the pedals and rotate the handlebars 90 degrees.
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.
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).
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.
If you’re flying to Madrid, you’ll probably land at Madrid-Barajas Airport. Not sure how to get from the airport to central Madrid? Keep reading for more details.
As the main international airport serving the Spanish capital, Madrid Barajas Airport can be easily reached by Metro or bus.
Metro from Madrid-Barajas Airport
To get from Madrid-Barajas Airport to the city centre, 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 centre 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 Madrid Atocha – home to Madrid’s largest train station. During the day, buses run every 15 minutes and at night, there’s a bus every 35 minutes. You can jump on the bus at Terminals T1, T2 and T4. In total, the journey takes around 40 minutes.
Before your journey to Seville, you need to travel to Madrid Atocha station. Not sure how to get there? We’ve got you covered!
Located in the heart of the city, Madrid Atocha station can easily be reached thanks to the city’s fast and reliable public transport system. You can get there by:
Want to grab a bite or buy something to read before your train journey? There are plenty of things to keep you busy at Madrid Atocha station while waiting for your train to arrive:
Travelling in First Class with AVE? You can take advantage of Renfe’s Sala Club lounge at Madrid Atocha station. Before your journey, you can make the most of the following:
No matter which train operator you decide to travel with, your train will arrive at Sevilla Santa Justa station.
Once you’ve left the station, you can start to explore Seville’s main landmarks. From Sevilla Santa Justa station, it’s easy to get to the city centre thanks to the local public transport. You can get there by:
If you buy a ticket for one of Renfe’s long-distance services, such as AVE, you can benefit from free travel on Cercanías and other regional trains before and after your journey. This is known as a Combinado Cercanías ticket.
This means that if you need to get to the station where your long-distance journey starts, or if you want to travel onward from your destination station, you may be able to use regional trains at no extra cost!
You’re also able to get a Combinado Cercanías ticket if you’re travelling with iryo.
Find out more on our dedicated Combinado Cercanías page, which contains information about eligible tickets and the cities included in the offer.
If you want to navigate Seville quickly and conveniently, you can use the city's public transport system.
Once you've soaked in the beauty of Seville, there's a world of Spanish charm in other cities across the country waiting for you to explore.
After visiting Seville, why not continue exploring Europe by train? With an Interrail 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 an Interrail Pass if you're a European citizen or a non-European who is an official legal resident of a European country (this includes UK citizens). If you’re not a European citizen or someone legally resident in Europe, such as an American or Canadian citizen, you can use a Eurail Pass instead.
Sure, you might have had a good time in Seville, but your Spanish adventure doesn’t have to stop there. Why not check out some of these trips below?
It’s easy to travel from Seville to Cádiz with Renfe’s high-speed Alvia train. The train takes less than 2 hours – you’ll get from one city centre to another in no time! After you get off at Cádiz station, you’ll be able to reach the city’s main attractions, including Tavira Tower, Cádiz Cathedral and La Caleta Beach.
If you’re looking to explore more of Andalusia, why not head to Granada? Renfe trains run directly from Seville to Granada and can take 2 hours and 31 minutes on the fastest services. Plus, you don’t have to worry about traffic nor parking – simply turn up at Sevilla Santa Justa station and hop on a train!
Want to visit another of Spain’s bustling cities? Barcelona might be the place for you. Renfe’s high-speed AVE trains run directly from Seville to Barcelona and can take less than 6 hours to reach the Catalonian capital. Once you arrive, you’ll be ready to enjoy the city’s unique architecture and vibrant culture scene right away.
The average journey time by train between Madrid and Seville is 2 hours and 46 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Madrid to Seville is 2 hours and 33 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Madrid to Seville can start from as little as £6.29 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 24 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 06:50. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Madrid to Seville leaves at 21:10. 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.
If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Seville to Madrid.
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 240 miles in less than 3 hours. These trains can reach speeds of up to 186mph – travelling from Madrid to Seville by train has never been faster!
Boarding my train from Madrid Atocha station
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 Standard Class (Estándar in Spanish) and took the AVE train from Madrid to Seville 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.
My train journey from Madrid to Seville
When travelling in Standard 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.
You’ll also be able to connect to the onboard WiFi for free, as well as use the onboard entertainment portal called PlayRenfe – you can watch live sports, films, TV shows and more, so you won’t feel bored at all during your journey! You’ll simply need to connect to the WiFi to access the portal or download the PlayRenfe app on your mobile.
Arriving in Seville
Overall, the train journey from Madrid to Seville went pretty smoothly – we only stopped once (in Cordoba), the temperature was perfect (thanks air-conditioning!) and the staff came several times to offer us snacks and drinks to buy.
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.
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.