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Spain is developing a network of special high speed track, designed for the AVE train (Alta Velocidad Española - which translates to Spanish High Speed), although this track can be used for some other train types.

Map of Spain showing high speed rail network

The AVE (of which there are more than one version built by different manufacturers) run at speeds of upto 300km/hr (186mph) although the newer AVE S103 is capable of 350km/hr.
The AVE can only run on high speed track and have very few stops (Madrid to Barcelona can be a non-stop train).
The AVE trains are very punctual - if they are over 5 minutes late getting to their destination on the Seville line, passengers are entitled to a full refund, and on the Barcelona line if over 15minutes late.

The Talgo200 and Altaria trains can run on either high speed or standard track running at speeds of up to 200km/hr (124mph) on the high speed track.

Both of the above train types have a buffet/bar and/or a restaurant with waiter service, air-conditioning and equipped with reclining seats, video screens (films are shown).

The AVE has three classes of seating: first ( club), business ( preferente) and tourist ( turista), while the Talgo200 has 2.

The AVANT trains are high speed trains running shorter routes, only on the high speed track - Madrid - Toledo; Madrid - Puertollano; Córdoba -Sevilla.

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A selection of Route times and prices:

Train Type Route Journey time Cost Euros
AVE Madrid -
Seville
2hrs 15mins 65 - 130
AVE Madrid -
Barcelona
2hrs 35mins 120 - 220
AVE Madrid -
Malaga
2hrs 40mins 70 - 135
Altaria Madrid -
Algeciras
5hrs 30mins 60 - 95
AVE Madrid -
Valladolid
1hrs 5mins 32
AVANT Madrid -
Toledo
30mins 9