Travelling by train in Spain

Map Spain with capital city Madrid

A Eurail pass for Spain is the perfect way to travel by train through this popular holiday destination. Spain is filled with lively cities, cultural curiosities, lovely beaches and great food. Your Eurail Spain Pass is your ticket to an amazing rail trip, with endless possibilities and total convenience.

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Trains in Spain
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Cybele's Square, Madrid

Cybele's Square, Madrid

Plaza España in Sevilla

Plaza España in Sevilla

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Beach of San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa, Spain

Beach of San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa, Spain

Aqueduct in Segovia

Aqueduct in Segovia

Spain quick facts

 
  • Capital: Madrid

  • Population: 47.2 million

  • Language: Spanish

  • Currency: Euro (EUR)

  • Dialing code: +34

Trains in Spain

 
Logo of Renfe buses, Spain

Trains run by the national rail company RENFE connect all regions and main cities of Spain. The train ride from Madrid to Barcelona takes less than 3 ½ hours by high-speed train.

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Places to visit

 
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Bustling brightness in Barcelona

Known for its modern, forward-thinking style, Barcelona is one of the most progressive cities in Spain. The capital of Catalonia offers music, museums, sun and shopping. A popular attraction is Sagrada Familia, a temple designed by Antoni Gaudi. Its construction began in 1882, and is still underway. Gaudi’s influence is unmissable in Barcelona – from Park Guell to Casa Batlló, one of the most unique residences in Spain.

It’s easiest to get to Sagrada Familia by bus or subway from any major railway station. The temple has its own stop.

Plaza de España, in Seville, Spain
Plaza de España, in Seville, Spain

Centuries of style in Seville

Seville (Sevilla) captures the sexy Spanish lifestyle, but business and finance are also part of the mix. Tour the city on foot, by bus or by bike. Parque de María Luisa and Plaza de España give a taste of Seville’s nature. The Sevilla Cathedral gives a feel of the Muslim and Christian influence. A steamy nightlife, flamenco dancing and delicious tapas, completes the adventure.

Seville train station Santa Justa is about a mile northeast of the city center.

Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao
Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao

Quaint and peaceful Spain in Bilbao & Pamplona

Want to see some of the smaller, more quaint Spanish towns? The coastal city of Bilbao offers the famous Guggenheim Museum, designed by architect Frank Gehry and recognized as a work of architectural genius. Further south, Pamplona may be known for the Running of the Bulls (July 6-14), but for the rest of the year, this little town is a fabulous place to explore, eat, and enjoy a dazzling nightlife.

 

From Station Bilbao-Abando, you can take a subway directly to the Guggenheim Museum. The museum has its own subway stop.

Mercado Central, Valencia, Spain
Mercado Central, Valencia, Spain

Sizzling sun in Valencia

Bask in the sunlight along the Costa Blanca (the White Coast) before heading into town for some memorable sightseeing. Once in town, don’t miss the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, which contains an oceanic aquarium, scientific museum, IMAX theater, covered gardens & more. Want to do a bit of shopping? The more than 1,000 stalls at the Mercado Central offers a host of colors, scents and flavors for the modern shopaholic.

From train stations De El Cabanyal en Del Norte city buses and metros bring you to the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias.

Madrid
Madrid

Voluntary insomnia in Madrid

Madrid has so much to offer, you shouldn’t be surprised if you forget to sleep. Spend your days in the Plaza Mayor, the Royal Palace (Palacio Real), the Royal Botanical Gardens (Real Jardin Botanica) or one of the 73 museums. Feast on tapas in the evening, and dance the night away in one of the countless nightclubs that make this city famous. All the while, you’ll be surrounded by some of the most fascinating architecture in the world.

The Royal Botanical Gardens are a 10-minute walk from train station Atocha. The famous Parque del Retiro is just across from the Botanical Gardens entrance.

Events

 
Día de los Reyes, Madrid
Día de los Reyes, Madrid

Día de los Reyes

January 6, 2014

Celebrate Three Kings Day the Spanish way in Madrid. Parades fill the streets and the mood is festive, especially for children.

Las Fallas Festival in Valencia
Las Fallas Festival in Valencia

Las Fallas

March 15 - March 19, 2014

This 5-day festival revolves around the creation and finally the burning of card, wood and paper-machéninots (puppets). On the final day the puppets are filled with fireworks and at midnight they are all set on fire. This definitely goes down as one of Spain’s craziest fiestas.

The festival takes place across the entire city of Valencia, which can be reached from the main train station.

Semana Santa, Seville
Semana Santa, Seville

Semana Santa

April 13 - April 20, 2014

During Holy Week (the last week of Lent and the week immediately before Easter) there are processions up and down the country, however the one in Seville is well-known for being the most elaborate. Worshippers follow the procession bare foot, carrying crosses and candles and it isn’t uncommon to see people carrying shackles and chains attached to them as penance.

The procession moves through the center of the city and can be reached by tram.

La Feria d’Abril, Seville
La Feria d’Abril, Seville

La Feria d’Abril

May 6 - May 11, 2014

Each year the Sevillanos take a week off work and dress up in traditional flamenco costumes. The locals gather around separate casetas (wooden huts) and throw themselves into flamenco marathons, along with eating, drinking, singing and making one hell of a party.

From the center of Seville the festival grounds is a 15-minute walk.

San Fermín, Pamplona
San Fermín, Pamplona

San Fermín

July 6 - July 14, 2014

Pamplona celebrates its patron saint with this week-long festival that includes the famous Running of the Bulls (Encierro).

Festivities take place all over Pamplona. From Pamplona's train station, take bus 9 which will bring you to the city center.

Tomatina, Buñol
Tomatina, Buñol

Tomatina

August 27, 2014

The Spanish try not to take themselves too seriously and this festival demonstrates this perfectly. The culmination of crazy people (both Spanish and tourists) plus unlimited supplies of tomatoes is basically all that is needed to make Tomatina a splattering success!

Take a bus from the center of Valencia to Buñol.

La Mercé, Barcelona
La Mercé, Barcelona

La Mercé

September 20 - September 24, 2014

Hundreds of events, activities and parades, and the famous Fire Run (Correfoc) fill the streets of Barcelona with even more light and energy than usual.

Festivities take place all over the city of Barcelona. Use the city's public transport network to reach the different venues.

Eurail passes for Spain

 

Most popular passes with Spain

Eurail Global Pass from USD$536

The Eurail Global Pass is the flexible and value-for-money train pass that lets you explore up to 27 countries by rail. Hop on board comfortable trains that take you right to the center of Europe's cities. One day you're relaxing on a gondola ride in Venice and the next you're discovering Prague's fairy-tale castle.

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Eurail Spain Pass from USD$257

The Eurail Spain Pass is the best way to experience Spain's diverse culture and beautiful architecture. Admire Gaudí's great masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and enjoy tapas and traditional flamenco in Seville.

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Eurail France - Spain Pass from USD$287

The Eurail France-Spain Pass lets you explore France and Spain by train. Visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris, relax on the beach in Nice, admire Gaudí's unique architecture in Barcelona and savor delicious tapas in Madrid. Plus, along the way, gaze out at sprawling vineyards and the mountainous scenery of the French Alps and the Pyrenees.

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All Eurail passes with Spain

Here's a list of all Eurail passes for your travels through this country:

Eurail passes Prices from
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USD$ 536
USD$ 257
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USD$ 287
USD$ 287

Pass benefits in Spain

 

Check out the extra discounts and offers for Eurail pass holders in Spain, including reductions on certain ferry routes.


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