Advantages of the AVE over flying
- No need to check in an hour before your departure.
- The train station is almost always in the center of the city - airports invariably are not. You therefore can get to your final destination much quicker (unless the airport is your final destination!) See also: AVE vs Flying - Travel Time Comparison
- More environmentally friendly than flying.
- AVE train is more spacious than the plane.
- Last minute tickets by AVE are cheaper than flying. More: AVE vs Flying - Price Comparison
- You get to watch DVDs during the journey on the AVE (as long as you speak Spanish)
Disadvantages of the AVE compared with flying
- If booking in advance, it is cheaper to fly, especially when the airlines have a special offer on.
- Service doesn't yet cover the whole country.
Buying AVE train tickets
- From Madrid to Seville, Cordoba, Zaragoza: Buy Direct
- From Madrid to Malaga: Buy Direct
- From Cordoba to Seville: Buy Direct
- For all other routes: Buy Direct