Madrid Train Station Tickets
Train Passes and prepaid train tickets can be bought as a Eurail Pass, the best way to get around Europe.
The Madrid Atocha Train Station is laid out more like an airport terminal than what one thinks of as an old- style train station. This very logical layout isn’t overly confusing at all.
In Madrid there are two main train stations, the Atocha station just south of the center of Madrid and a smaller station to the north, Chamartin. The Atocha station is easily reached by the Metro via the Atocha RENFE Metro station.
The Atocha station is a modern facility. It has a large atrium with palm trees flanked by offices. On one end of the atrium (upper floor) is the entrance to the train bays.
Some, but not all, ticket agents at the Madrid train station speak English. At the information counter you should find an English speaking attendant. Most of the signs in the Madrid Train Station are dual English/Spanish.
For long distance and regional trains, once you have your tickets you can check which platform (VIA) your train will be leaving from by using the long, gray, Arrivals and Departures board in the atrium.
Trains in Spain
Talgos – are the fastest trains and only stop at the major cities.
Rapidos – are the regular, daytime long-distance inter-regional trains.
Estrellas – are the nighttime version of Rapidos.
Cercanias – are the local commuter trains.
AVE – high-speed train from Madrid to Sevilla (2 hours 30 min.)
EUROMED – high-speed train from Barcelona to Valencia (2 hours 50 min.)
Arco – line between Barcelona and Valencia, stopping at main cities along the Mediterranean coast.
Alaris – high-speed line between Madrid and Valencia, making the journey in three and a half hours.
Maximum speed of a high speed train is 220 Km/hour.