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  1. We love travelling by train, it’s in actual fact our favourite way of getting from A to B.
    Whilst in Spain though we didn’t get the chance to use the train system, instead we used car sharing which is becoming a very popular way to travel in Europe. Have you tried it?

    1. Hi Franca!
      I do love traveling by train as well and it’s a shame you couldn’t use any of the Renfe trains and services because they work really well.
      To answer your question, yes, I have tried car sharing and so far it has been a good experience (especially because it’s very cheap).
      Thanks for your input!

  2. wow the trains in Spain look so clean and luxurious compared to those i have travelled in before.. I keep looking up a working holiday visa for Spain so i can live for longer than three months hopefully this summer – thanks for the great blog posts and information its really helpful !

    1. Yes, there are some older models still rolling, but the overall network is very modern.

    2. Hi Jasmine, about 90% of the trains are relatively new and Renfe does a pretty good job in renewing the trains on a regular basis. Best of luck regarding your holiday working visa!

  3. I don’t know what it is about trains but they just seem to make any trip more enjoyable.

    I think it must have to do something with the old saying “its more about the journey then the destination.”

    1. I agree, trains are extremely romantic… and much more comfortable than planes!

  4. Obviously ..anyone want to travel wide area, then train is the best way and I love to travel by train.
    The trains in Spain looks luxurious.

  5. We’re planning our next two train trips right now 🙂 Valencia in April and Costa Brava in May.

      1. Hey Sandra, we didn’t end up travelling by train as much as we would have liked during our stay in Spain, but we did make it to Valencia — by AVE. It was so fast! We were particularly happy to learn that we could get free Cercanias tickets to take us to the departure station in Madrid, so that saved us a bit of cash!

  6. Whatever you do once your on a train in Spain or at the station, keep your personal belongings close to you. I had my bag (including passports) stolen from a station in Valenica. It was not a fun experience at all (understatement of the century). That’s my best piece of advice 😉

    1. I am sorry about your negative experience Simon. Unfortunately, train stations in Spain have the same problem than in other places around the world, crowded places are perfect for pickpockets. That’s why no matter where you are, when you travel you should never leave your luggage and personal belongings unattended.

  7. Hey guys, great article with some really useful tips! I’ve used trains in Spain a fews times, including an overnight service to Paris and couldn’t recommend it enough. You’ve really helped break down the rail pass issue too, which I’ve always found a bit confusing – thanks!

    1. I am glad that you found the information useful. Let me know if I can help with something else… 🙂

  8. Thanks, Very Interesting Information, i always like train travel……

    1. Your information will help me at the time of traveling in Spain as on next month I am going to visit the place with my family.

  9. Hello,

    Myself and my partner are looking to travel Spain for a month from Bilbao to Madrid via Barcelona and Gibraltar, we are currently getting very mixed reviews on whether to purchase an Interrail.eu travel pass for 8 days, or the Renfe 8 day travel pass. Do you have any advice or recommendations on travel?



    1. Hi Joe,

      One of the main problems with using a rail pass in Spain is that almost all of the long-distance trains require a reservation, and these reservations can be very expensive. This is true whether you use the Interrail pass or the Renfe pass. I recommend you create an imaginary itinerary with the journeys you want to make, and check the reservation fees for each leg. If you don’t need to be flexible, you might find it cheaper to buy point-to-point train tickets in advance, and perhaps supplement them with shorter bus trips.

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