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Vocabulary of a Spanish Train ticket:

Fecha = Date Hora Salida (or just the word Salida) = Departure time of the train
Ida y Vuelta = round trip Coche = Coach or train car
Cierre del acceso al tren 2 minutos antes de la salida = Train doors close 2 minutes before departure. Billete = Ticket
Hora de Llegada (or just the word Llegada) = Arrival Time of the train at your destination. Tourista = Tourist Class
Plaza = seat Precio = Price

Note: The train ticket above is for a Talgo (high-speed train) to Seville leaving from the Madrid Atocha station. For some Regional Trains and all Cercanias trains you receive a small ticket with none of the above information listed.

  1. Train Destination - in this case to the Sevilla Train Station, Santa Justa (SJ).
  2. (25.10) in the "Fecha" column is the date, October 25.
  3. (10.05) in "Hora Salida" column is the time the train is leaving, 10:05 AM.
  4. (13.18) Note the "Hora de llegada." This is the arrival time of the train in Sevilla, 1:18 PM.
  5. "Altaria", RENFE doesn't even provide an English translation for their definition for "Altaria" trains. I suspect"Altaria" describes a Talgos that runs on a specific route. In this case, the Talgo runs on the same route as the AVE train to Sevilla but makes a few stops along the way, consequently the "Altaria" designation.
    (Talgos are the fastest trains and only stop at the major cities.)
  6. COCHE (17), N. PLAZA (9A) means train car number 17 in seat number 9A.
  7. "No Fuma" - A nonsmoking car.

Did you notice the "CONSERVSE PARA LA VUELTA, VALIDEZ DE REGRESO: 60 DIAS" notice at the top of the ticket? Conserve for your return, valid for 60 days.

Another train ticket, in a slightly diffrent style to test your skills on:

The train ticket above was for departure from Madrid Atocha at 10:05 AM with arrival in Jerez de la Frontera at 2:14 PM, on the travel date of Oct 4th 2006. The "Tasa de segurida" at the bottom of the train ticket is where the "Security fee" is disclosed. In this case I acquired the ticket through Madrid and Beyond, a Spain Travel Agency, so no cost were disclosed on the ticket.

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This page last updated January 2012
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