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 high-speed train, with trains capable of reaching up to 330 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 250 km/h on international lines and 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.
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!
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The average journey time by train between Madrid and Seville is 2 hours and 36 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.
AVE high-speed trains from Madrid to Seville can travel at speeds of up to 333 km/h. The fastest journey time from Madrid to Seville by train is 2 hours and 21 minutes.
Train tickets from Madrid to Seville can start from as little as €22.90 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when you book on the day. Prices can also vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book.
Yes. There are 23 direct Renfe trains that travel from Madrid to Seville each day with an average journey time of 2 hours and 36 minutes.
The first train from Madrid to Seville leaves at 06:20 from Madrid Central. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Madrid to Seville leaves at 21:25 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.
Trains travelling from Madrid to Seville cover a distance of around 390km during the journey.
All trains travelling from Madrid to Seville are operated by Renfe – the national train operator in Spain.
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.
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
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.