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Barcelona AVE High Speed Trains

High speed AVE trains from Barcelona to Madrid, Girona and Figueres and Paris

AVE high-speed trains started operating between Barcelona and Madrid in February 2008 providing a convenient transport link between the two biggest cities in Spain. The first AVE Siemens model S-103 train left Barcelona's Sants station at 6 a.m on Wednesday 20th February 2008. It was smooth journey over the 699 km of tracks between Spain's 2 biggest cities. The first AVE from Barcelona pulled into Madrid's Puerta de Atocha station in the centre of Madrid at 8.35, a full eight minutes ahead of the estimated arrival time, having travelled at average speeds of over 250 kilometres an hour with highest speeds of around 300 kilometres per hour on some parts of the route. Since then the number of passenger has risen steadily and accounts for half of the traffic between Madrid and Barcelona. On some stretches of the route the AVE trains now travel at speeds of 310 kph (192 miles) and since the inaugeration the travel time has been reduced by 15 minutes to just two and a half hours. If you book AVE high speed train tickets online and in advance, then prices are competitive with flights but the comfort level is higher and the journey is much more scenic. Some AVE connections between Barcelona and Madrid have stops along the way at Zaragoza, Lleida and camp de Tarragona, that add 45 minutes to the travelling time. In the first two years 11.5 million passengers used the Barcelona - Madrid AVE trains.

Barcelona to Paris by high speed train
From 2013 the high-speed AVE train connection also connects Barcelona to Figueres and Girona. From mid December 2013 the AVE opened a direct high speed train connection between Barcelona and Paris with a total journey time of six hours and twenty five minutes. So from the centre of Paris and arriving in the centre of Barcelona the journey time is just a little longer than flying, but much more comfortable and scenic. The new high speed train service linking Paris and Barcelona starts with 5 daily departures and ticket prices from €60 euros to €170. On the way to Paris there are stops at Toulouse (3 hours from Barcelona) and Lyon (5 hours from Barcelona.)

Where do AVE high speed trains leave from Barcelona
At the moment all AVE trains leave Barcelona from Sants railway station in Barcelona, but a new AVE station "Estació de la Sagrera" is under construction and expected to be finished in 2014.

Connection times AVE trains from Barcelona
Barcelona-Madrid: 2 hours 30 minutes
Barcelona-Girona: 37 minutes
Barcelona-Figueres: 53 minutes
Barcelona- Paris: 6 hours 25 minutes

In the first 2 years of Barcelona/Madrid connection 11.5 million passsengers boarded the 17 high-speed AVE trains that travel the 699 km route daily from 06.00 to 21.00 between Barcelona railway station "Sants Estació" station and Madrid's railway station "Puerta de Atocha" in the centre of Madrid. New figures for 2012 the AVE high speed train transported 50.% of travellers between Barcelona and Madrid.


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The high speed trains leave on time and do not wait for late arrivals. At 2,5 hours, the journey time is longer than flying, but comparable if you include transport time to and from airports,  check-in time and luggage pick-ups at airports in addition to the actual flying time. The big benefit of the AVE train is that the 2 hours and 30 minutes journey time from the city centre of Barcelona to the city centre of Madrid is more comfortable with much more legroom, more space to work, more space to move around and much better dining options. Ticket prices are competitive although airfares are still generally a bit lower than the high speed train. Lowest AVE train prices can be found online 15 days if you book in advance. There are many promotions and price factors. All in all it's a much more stylish and comfortable way to travel and with less impact on the environment, less stress and at reasonable prices.

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