Madrid-Seville AVE Trains
You can buy AVE tickets in Spanish railway stations and many local travel agencies (including those in major department stores such as El Corte InglÚs. If you live in the U.S. and are obsessive about reserving seats ahead of time, try our partner, Rail Europe, although you'll probably save money by purchasing your tickets and making reservations in Spain.
Seat reservations are required on all AVE trains, whether you're traveling on a point-to-point ticket or a rail pass (see below). In August of 2011, when this article was last updated, reservation fee was €10 in Turista or second class and €23,50 in Preferente or first class. (The latter costs more because first-class travel includes drinks and a meal.) Reserve seats at least 24 hours, but no earlier than 62 days, before your travel date.
If you're traveling on a Eurail or InterRail pass, you won't need a ticket, but you will need a seat reservation in Clase Turista or Clase Preferente, depending on whether you have a second- or first-class pass.
U.S. residents can buy European rail passes and tickets from our partner, Rail Europe, which is also a good source of information about travel on more than 60 European railroads.
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