Madrid to Seville: High Speed Train Travel From One Iconic City to the Next


Traveling From Madrid to Seville by Train


Madrid and Seville are two of Spain’s most ventured to cities – and for good reason, of course! Each with its own special characteristics offering its own version of Spanish culture. With the high-speed rail network in Spain, travelers don’t have to choose to visit one city or the other, it is easy to see both – even in the same day!

There are frequent (and numerous) departures daily from Madrid to Seville aboard the country’s well-known AVE train. The travel time is just under 2½ hours and you depart and arrive into the center of each city. The train from Madrid departs the Madrid Puerta de Atocha station and arrives into the Seville Santa Justa station. So basically, enjoy breakfast in Madrid, head to Seville for some afternoon tapas, and be back in Madrid for dinner and possibly a Flamenco show!

Train tickets for Madrid to Seville start at $70 per person (inclusive of ticket & reservation). You can also choose to travel this route using a Eurail Spain Pass to travel on this route – please note that reservations are required on AVE trains and are an additional cost.

Things to See & Do in Madrid


Madrid is busting at the seams with things to see and do! Start with a hop-on hop-off city sightseeing tour to get a feel for the city and what landmarks are where. Once you’ve gotten your feet wet, you can return to museums and attractions you want to visit up-close. We love the Madrid Card – it offers admission into over 50 museums, including the iconic Prado Museum, a detailed map of the city and even a traveler’s guide, a must have for first-timers to Madrid! Another cool way to acquaint yourself with the city would be to see it on a Segway! With the Madrid Segway Tour, you’ll zip through the city’s sites with a local guide – educational and lots of fun!

Have an appetite for Spanish cuisine? The Madrid Tapas Night Walking Tour is for you! You’ll get to experience some of the hidden culinary gems in the city with an experienced foodie guide. An evening of great food and good company – who knows, you could even meet a lifelong friend en-route! And really, isn’t that what travel is all about? Experiencing new things and enjoying the company of friends you haven’t met yet.

Aside from the day trip to Seville, you can choose to visit Segovia, Avila, Toldeo and more! See all of the great activities offered by Rail Europe and create a memorable itinerary!

Things to See & Do in Seville


After your fabulous trip to Seville on the AVE high speed train, you’ll arrive in the city’s center, ready to explore! Seville is a city that boasts a joyful atmosphere. It is especially known for the ‎Alcázar of Seville, the Seville Cathedral, and of course, the Plaza de España. See all of these sights and more with the Seville Sightseeing Tour.

Or, how about soaring to new heights with an enchanting hot air balloon ride leaving from the outskirts of the city? Get amazing panoramic views of the exquisite landscape that surrounds the city. Included in this package is the balloon ride, flight hat, flight certificate and a traditional breakfast – complete with a glass of champagne. This tour is a bucket-list item ready to happen!

For those who wish to stay a little more grounded – give Flamenco a try! Treat yourself to a dance lesson with a private instructor to learn this traditional dance style. Think of how envious friends & family back home will be when you show up to the next big party and show your new moves! Museum hopping and sightseeing is great, but learning the Flamenco is really immersing yourself into Spanish culture!


Truthfully, we could go on for pages about the many things there are to see and do in Madrid and Seville – they are two of our favorite cities in Spain. We want to hear from you though, what are some of your favorite stops in these cities? Any hidden gems you’ve discovered on your trip to Madrid and Seville that you’d like to share with us? Comment below!

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