High-speed long-distance trains

By Fiona Flores Watson


AVE - High Speed Train Routes
AVE - High Speed Train Routes



Time: 5hr 25 mins
Frequency: two trains daily
Stops: Tarragona, Lleida, Zaragoza, Ciudad, Real, Puertollano, Cordoba.


After leaving Barcelona, the train stays in Catalonia, following the Costa Dorada as far as its first stop, the ancient city of Tarragona. It then heads inland to its next station, Lleida, passing into Aragon where it stops at Zaragoza, travelling next through the community of Madrid. The train passes through the plains of Castilla la Mancha and the Montes de Toledo, stopping at Ciudad Real. Look out for the castles of Herrera, between Ciudad Real and Puertollano, and Guadalerzas, just after Los Yerbenes (between Toledo and Ciudad Real), and Herrera, between Ciudad Real and Puertollano, the next station, which is situated in an isolated industrial landscape.

 This new AVE line then crosses into Andalucia and the Sierra Morena, near the village of Villanueva de Cordoba, passing through various mountain tunnels. On this section of the journey, the AVE slows down considerably, to 200km/h (normally 280km/h), to negotiate the right bends. Next, the train heads south to Cordoba, its next stop, crossing the mighty Guadalquivir river

Just after Cordoba, look out for Almodovar del Rio castle, on the left of the railway line. On the Cordoba-Seville section of the track, the train's speed drops again, to 250km/h. The train enters its final destination, Seville, from the north side of the city into the Santa Justa station