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AVE Tickets Between Barcelona and Madrid

Written by Brian S

The AVE (Alta Velocidad Española or “Spanish High Speed”) is a high-speed train network running throughout Spain that allows travelers to go from one major city to another without the inconveniences that often come with flying. The trains connect several of Spain’s most important cities such as Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Malaga, and Valencia. They’re also designed are for extra comfort and wonderful views while quickly traveling across the countryside. Here’s a bit of background on the AVE service in Spain and more information on AVE tickets between Barcelona and Madrid.

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A Brief History of the AVE

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At the end of the 1980s, plans were made to construct a railway line between Meseta and Andalusia that went around Despeñaperros National Park. In an effort to build up the economy, especially with Expo ’92 in Seville and the Summer Olympics in Barcelona approaching, the plan to build Spain’s first high-speed train was financed.

The first route opened in 1992 connecting Madrid, Córdoba, and Sevilla. From then, the AVE train routes were expanded, connecting smaller cities to Madrid and establishing a high-speed conventional train route to all corners of the country. It even expanded into neighboring France to create a formal connection of networks for all European high-speed train routes. It wasn’t until the mid-2000’s, however, that a high-speed Madrid-Barcelona route was constructed, which finally opened  for travel on the 20th February 2008.

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Costs For The Madrid-Barcelona Route

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Designed for speeds of 217 mph, the AVE train connects Madrid and Barcelona in just two-and-a-half hours to and from Madrid’s Puerta de Atocha station and Barcelona’s Sants station. For round-trip ticketsyou can get a 20% discount off the one-way rate. You can also combine AVE, Long Distance, Avant, and Conventional Average Distance services for all seating classes and destinations. Rates vary by class, number of people (for family rates), and demand per season. Single one-way tickets can be bought at last minute rates for around €60 but are normally priced around €85 for tourist class; high demand rates can top €127. For first class, a single ticket costs about €181. They also offer various promotions from time to time that the Madrid – Barcelona route may qualify for. Tickets and timetables for the AVE can be purchased on the RENFE website or at the station.

Known for its speed, reasonable fares, and flexible schedules, the AVE train remains one of the best forms of transportation for travelers in Spain. On a continent known for its advancement in ground travel, the AVE train pushes Spain’s transport system forward and conveniently takes people all over the country quickly and comfortably.

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About the author

Brian S

Brian Susbielles is a freelance writer who loves global politics, foreign movies, and Led Zeppelin

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