Alta Velocidad Española (AVE)

Alta Velocidad Española (AVE)

  • Region : Europe
  • Type : High Speed Trains
  • Traveller Interest : A Need for speed
  • Introduction / History
  • Accommodation
  • Dining / Lounge
The AVE (Alta Velocidad Española) are high-speed trains connecting cities in Spain, running up to 186mph, so that travellers can experience all that the illustrious region has to offer. Plan on breathing the fresh air of Madrid, Seville, Malaga, Barcelona and the newest destination, Valencia. These window-lined, high-tech cars of the AVE trains coast effortlessly from city to city.  
Services on board AVE trains include a functional family area together with games for children. Wheelchair facilities are also provided with help on hand where necessary and audio equipment is fitted as standard at most seats. First class has the added luxury of video facilities so that travel can be undertaken whilst watching your favourite movie.
Known for its speed, reasonable fares and flexible schedules, the AVE remains the ideal form of transportation for savvy travellers looking for an unparalleled Spanish experience. Take advantage of the AVE and design a trip that takes you from the breathtaking monuments of Madrid to the art and design of Barcelona and the fine cuisine in Seville.

AVE trains have 3 classes of travel – Club (premium 1stclass), Preferente (1st class) and Turista (2nd class). They are arguably of a higher quality than the French TGV. The travellers with 1st Class-Club and Preferente reservations have access to the exclusive lounge "Sala Club".

Club Class
Contemporary design paired with everything to make you feel comfortable as you whisk throughout Spain. Spacious leather reclining seats. Head room. Leg room. Even elbow room. You’ll find video & audio services at every seat, as well as electric outlets to help you recharge or stay charged. An at-seat meal with wine is served in Club Class. There are 4 types of seating options:
  • Club 2 Seat: Two solo seats facing each other across a table
  • Solo Seat: A seat on its own next to the window with a pull-down table.
  • Club 4 Seat: Four seats facing each other across a table.
  • Duo Seats: Aisle and window seats next to each other with pull-down tables.       
Preferente Class
Except for the leather seats, a shorter seat pitch and an open bar, the preferente class has the same inclusions and facilities as the Club Class. It is probably the best value for money class on the AVE.

Turista Class
The Turista or second class offers many amenities that make them first rate with families and cost-conscious adventurers more interested in savings than luxury. Besides comfortable seating, these cabins also feature electric sockets  and there are video and audio services on most major routes. Your seats are reserved and there are telephones, a nursery and play area, as well as children’s board games. Everything is done to make this train as friendly for kids as it is satisfying for adults. Food is available for purchase in the café-bar. There are 2 types of seating options:

Duo Seats:  Aisle and window seats next to each other with pull-down tables.
Club 4 Seat:  Four seats facing each other across a table.

All AVE Trains have a café-bar serving drinks and snacks. there are plenty of places to munch, whether it’s in your seat or the many family-friendly open areas on board. An at-seat meal with wine is served in Club and Preferente Class.