Spanish train tickets - ticket types & discounts

The Spanish rail operator offers various different tickets, including some special offers and promotional fares with discounts of up 70%. You can find every cheap train ticket in Spain on Loco2, with very few exceptions.

Spanish trains don't operate on a normal booking horizon, although most trains open around 60 days in advance. This is when you'll find the cheapest tickets. We always recommend booking as far in advance as possible to get the cheapest UK train tickets. For more details on booking horizons, please see How far in advance can I book?


Spanish train ticket types and discounts

Fare conditions vary, with the cheapest tickets offering the least flexibility while more expensive tickets usually permit refunds and exchanges. You should always check the fare conditions associated with your tickets before buying, and if necessary read more general information about Ticket Types: Fares & Flexibility.

Fare type Details Price/Discount
Promo Non-flexible "Promo" tickets are the cheapest fares on trains in Spain, with discounts up to 70%, depending on availability. Available up to and including the day of travel. Purchasing a Promo fare prevents you from enjoying the perks of a regular First Class fare, e.g. station parking and club lounge Up to 70% discount on Flexible fares.
Promo + Promo+ tickets offer up to 65% off, and are less restrictive than Promo fares. As above, prices vary with availability. Promo+ can be booked up to and including the day of travel, depending on availability. Up to 65% discount on Flexible fares.
Flexible Full price tickets, subject to availability, on all domestic Renfe trains. Available up to and including the day of travel. Full price tickets.
Turista + Halfway between a ticket and a travel class, Turista+ tickets allow you to sit in Preferente class, by paying only 20% more than Turista, but without any of the perks of Preferente (meals, access to the lounge etc). n/a
Essential Promotional fares from Renfe-SNCF for France/Spain high-speed trains, offering up to 70% off Flexi fares. Book up to midnight the day before departure. Up to 70% discount on Flexi fares.
Flexi Full price tickets from Renfe-SNCF for France/Spain high-speed trains. Available up to and including the day of travel. Full price tickets.

Special offers on Spanish trains

In addition to the discounts offered on everyday tickets, Renfe also has some special offers for trains in Spain. If your search is eligible, we'll show applicable discounts and fares in the drop-down menu that contains your tickets. If you're not sure how to change your ticket type, check out Getting started with Loco2 for some tips.

Special Offer Details Price/Discount
Return (Ida & Vuelta) A 20% discount applied to combined return journeys. Available on AVE, Larga Distancia, Avant and Media Distancia trains for travel within Spain. 20% off full price tickets. Other promotions may be better value, depending on availability at time of search.
Combinado Cercianas Free transfers on suburban trains and trams with the purchase of domestic AVE or Long Distance tickets (any fare, route or class). See, Free transfers from Renfe - Combinado Cercanias
Free, included in the price of eligible tickets.
Free child
Children under the age 4 can travel for free, if they share a seat with a fare-paying passenger. Free for eligible passengers, niño tickets issued automatically.
Table for Four
Small groups of travellers can book sole-use of a table for four by booking all seats. Discounts up to 60%. This discount is not currently available on Loco2. Group receives discount of up to 60%.

Railcard discounts in Spain

Railcards Details Price/Discount
Gold Card
Tarjeta Dorada

Discount card for travellers over the age of 60. Card must be purchased prior to booking, from station ticket offices and authorised travel agencies in Spain. Eligible to obtain discounts on all domestic Spanish trains only.
Card costs €6 and is valid for one year. Up to 40% off full price tickets Mon-Thu travel, up to 25% discount for weekend travel.
Youth Card Tarjeta Joven Available for travellers from 14 to 26 years of age, to obtain discounts on AVE and Long Distance trains in Spain, Card costs €11, and is valid for one year. 30% discount on full price fares.

Some important things to note:

  • All tickets and special offers are subject to availability
  • Please refer to the fare conditions for applicable terms
  • Tickets are available in Euros or converted in GBP
  • We aim to keep this information up to date, but it should be referred to as a guide only. Please let us know if you think something needs updating
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