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If you go to the RENFE website and click on their link for "AVE - Long Distance" trains you will see a listing of various train names - AVE, Alaris, Altaria, Arco, Alvia, Estrelia, Euromed, Talgo, Trenhotel to name a few. Browse the categories and like me, you might only end up more confused.

AVE, Alaris, Arco, Euromed all appear to be high speed trains capable of reaching 130+ miles per hour. Trenhotel is of course the night time trains with sleeping compartments. I suspect some train "name" designations reflect the train's comfort facilities. Below you will find a listing of some of Spain's high-speed train routes (on AVE, AVANT and EUROMED) and the shortest travel time for each route as of January 2012.

AVANT is a medium distant high speed train, 160 miles per hours (250 km/hr), they differ from the AVE trains in the construction of the trains used on the high-speed track. They do not have a luggage check-in service. Luggage compartments are at the end of each train. See Traveling with luggage on a train in Spain for info on the luggage restrictions for Spanish trains.

Use the high-speed train travel times below as guidelines. Travel times can be /longer, in some cases much longer. For your final trip planning use Rail Europe or go to the RENFE train schedules to determine the actual train travel time

High speed train routes and durations    
From To Travel Time Check RailEurope for price
AVE Madrid (Puerta de Atocha) Malaga 2 hours 30 min.  
  Cordoba 1 hour 42 min.

  Cuenca 51 min.  
  Seville Santa Justa 2 hours 20 min.
  Ciudad Real 50 min.
  Barcelona (Sants) 2 hours 45 min.
  Zaragoza 1 hour 15 min.

  Camp de Tarragona (8 km north of Tarragona) 2 hours 33 min.
  Valencia 1 hour 35 min.
ALVIA Madrid Pamploma 3 hourr 3 min.
AVANT Madrid (Chamartin) Segovia Guiomar 27 min
AVI Malaga Cordoba 49 min.
AVI Seville Barcelona (Sants) 5 hours 20 min..

AVANT Barcelona Tarragona 31 min

  San Sebastian  5 hours 25 min
EUROMED Barcelona Valencia 2 hours 55 min.

AVI Barcelona Seville 5 hours
25 min.

  Zaragosa 1 hour
23 min.

  Madrid 2 hour
  Valencia on the EuroMed 2 hours
55 min.
  Cordoba 4 hours
35 min.
AVE Cordoba Tarragona 3 hours 54 min.
  Seville 45 min.

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This page last updated January 2012
The information on this page comes from my five visits to Spain.