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Madrid Barcelona
02:30
$31
Madrid Seville
02:20
$34
Barcelona Bilbao
06:20
$23
Bilbao Madrid
04:52
$18
Barcelona Cordoba
04:10
$29
Barcelona Pamplona
03:45
$18
Barcelona Lugo
12:54
$45
Leon Barcelona
07:53
$32
Barcelona Benicarlo
01:47
$14
Vinaroz Barcelona
01:47
$10
Santiago De Compostela Barcelona
12:23
$49
Irun Barcelona
05:40
$31
Barcelona Miranda De Ebro
04:38
$30
Barcelona Murcia Del Carmen
06:47
$20
Albacete Barcelona
05:19
$44
Barcelona Zumarraga
04:48
$51
Barcelona Cartagena
07:52
$69
Barcelona Girona
00:37
$19
Barcelona Burgos
05:34
$31
Barcelona San Sebastian
05:28
$30
Malaga Barcelona
05:45
$55
Barcelona Castellon De La Plana
02:02
$14
Logrono Barcelona
03:58
$31
Benicassim Barcelona
02:21
$20
Salou Barcelona
01:00
$7
La Coruna Barcelona
12:53
$32
Barcelona Villena
04:31
$29
Barcelona Tarragona
01:14
$7
Vitoria Barcelona
04:47
$30
Overview

Spain’s geography is quite unique in Europe : Madrid, its centrally-located capital city, stands surrounded by a host of regional capitals spread along the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts.

Spain’s geography is quite unique in Europe : Madrid, its centrally-located capital city, stands surrounded by a host of regional capitals spread along the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts, including Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, and Bilbo. And that’s probably why planes would easily have replaced trains if not for two major rail rejuvenation projects in the Eighties : the AVE, super-fast trains that run up to 220mph while linking major cities with Madrid, and hotel-trains, Spain’s “hotels on wheels” that serve routes with lesser traffic. Both are highly convenient, offer a superior experience, and boast one of the best on-board (fresh) food service in Europe.

Seasoned American travelers typically use AVE when visiting Madrid, Barcelona, and Seville. Yet, why not be a bit inventive and explore such hidden gems as Valencia, Bilbo (a city re-energized by contemporary art), and Malaga. Don’t hesitate to hop on a hotel train (Premier compartments offer privacy and comfort, with shower), and discover what makes Spain so wonderfully diverse.

And if you want to seriously venture off the beaten-track, take an AVE train from Madrid or Barcelona to Zaragoza. There, take “El camello” (the camel), a back-in-the-day regional train. The track snakes between medieval castles in the ocher-tinted Aragon desert and ends up in a stunningly surreal place in the heart of the Pyrenees Mountains : Canfranc Railway Station. The largest in Europe when it opened in 1928, it was an ambitious project meant to link the France and Spain network. But the Great Depression and the Spanish civil war affirmed its demise. Yet, its architecture remains incredible, and you’ll feel like you’re frozen in time as you walk past abandoned tracks, buildings, and carriages. As for the Spanish rail-side, it’s now being restored to its original glory, with a luxury hotel and casino. Did we hear someone say “dinero ?”


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    Locating Train was difficult |
    "I had some trouble finding the track at Gare de Lyon in Paris. Also I had trouble finding my coach at the Lyon Airport train going to Paris. "

  • Efficient and on time service |
    "Excellent service. On time and comfortable "

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    A trip over Alpes |
    "I've been travelling to Geneve to meet my daughter. the train was very comfortable and the staff very kind. I bought a good sandwich with salami and butter, a black tea with cinnamon. Very new flavour for me. The viw around the lake from Geneve to Montreux was great. "

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    Very good option  |
    "It was a very good journey. The train was comfortable, the attendants were friendly. Service on board was perfect including the breakfast, which was delicious. "

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    Resumo de minha viagem |
    "Confortável, chegamos ao destino descansados. Valor um pouco alto, mas deixamos para adquirir as passagens na última hora, por isso o alto preço. Conveniente, pois é mais rápido e confortável do que viajar por via aérea. "

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    Exceptional Trip |
    "Exceptional trip from St Pancras to Paris with the help of VIP transfer service from St. Pancras hotel. Highly recommended. "

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    Good |
    "Very fast journey. Comfortable. "

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    Better than flying |
    "Coming from Australia I assumed flights would be far better than trains but having the stations right in the centre of the city made it much more convenient and easier to manage without a phone. The train was smooth and quick. "

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    Trouble free,excellent journey |
    "Excellent service.We booked and printed tickets on line which scanned easily on day of journey. All baggage x rayd so great security before entering platform. Allocated seating upon booking. Train on time. Value for money 5 stars. (auto star system not working. )22 euros per person each way. "

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    To MAdrid |
    "my trip was great but I was wonder that the crew was not speaking English and she couldn't understand me once I order. "

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