AVE High-speed train - Madrid to Seville

By Fiona Flores Watson


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



Time: 2hrs 20 mins
Frequency: every 60 mins
Stops: Ciudad Real, Puertollano, Cordoba


This was the first ever AVE line, inaugurated in 1992 during the Seville EXPO. The new high-speed trains arrived at a then-brand-new station in Seville, Santa Justa. 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 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.

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