How to take a rail journey from Madrid to Valencia

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Madrid to Valencia by train

Due to construction work at Atocha station, most of the trains between Madrid and Valencia are currently departing from and arriving at Chamartín-Clara Campoamor station.

There have been other recent major changes to journeys by train from Madrid to Valencia.
Travellers can now choose between four high speed train services:

  • the standard AVE services
  • iryo services which aim to offer a similar service level to the AVE services at a competitive price.
  • two more basic services; the avlo and Ouigo trains.

The core concept for the avlo and Ouigo services is that they offer fewer on board facilities (no bar car, no 1st class seating, no on board entertainment) and have less generous luggage allowances (see below), but have generally cheaper ticket prices than the AVE trains.

Compare the prices per departure carefully on your travel dates, all four services, AVE, avlo, iryo and Ouigo are available on Trainline.

Aside from price, a key difference between the services is the luggage allowances:

AVE and iryo travellers can board with:
Up to 3 pieces of hand luggage onto the train, provided that the sum of the three does not exceed 25 kg or 290 cm.
The maximum dimensions allowed are 85x55x35 cm

avlo travellers can board at no extra charge with:
1 piece of hand luggage (bag, rucksack, etc.) subject to the following size limitations: 36x27x25 cm.
1 suitcase, subject to the following size limitations: 55x35x25 cm.

Ouigo travellers can board at no extra charge with the choice of:
2 pieces of hand luggage not exceeding 36 x 27 x 15 cm (height x width x depth)
1 Hand baggage not exceeding 36 x 27 x 15 cm (height x width x depth) + 1 Cabin baggage not exceeding 55 x 35 x 25 cm (height x width x depth).

Routes you can take to go from Madrid to Valencia

When travelling between most cities by train there is only one logical option, though on other journeys there is a choice between different trains or alternative routes. If different options are available you can use the info to decide which is best for you.

Choose one of the following options:
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Route Information

Option 1: taking the AVE trains operated by Renfe
Travel Time (approx)

1hr 50min - 2hr 3min



Travel Info

Mon - Friday = 11 x trains per day
Saturday = 6 x trains
Sunday = 8 x trains

Route Information

Option 2: taking the iryo trains
Travel Time (approx)

1hr 59min - 2hr 5min



Travel Info

Monday to Friday = 8 x trains per day
Saturday and Sunday =7 x trains per day

Route Information

Option 3: taking the Ouigo trains

Route Information

Option 4: taking the avlo trains operated by Renfe
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