Spanish Railway (RENFE)


A history

The history of Renfe (Spanish National Railways Network) began in 1941, with the unifying of private railway companies into a single state-owned company.

Renfe responsibility was the trains, carriages and 12,401 km of tracks. In 1975, the railways transitioned from steam to diesel and later electrical engines. These changes set off a chain reaction and a catalyst for growth. Renfe become Spain's transport system known for efficiency in both goods and passengers.

The year 1992 saw an important milestone in Renfe's history with the opening of a high-speed route from Madrid to Seville. In 2005 Renfe split its responsibility for track and station management to be the sole provider of freight and passenger rail transportation.

Recently (2010-2012), Renfe oversaw the implementation of the '1000 days, 10 challenges' strategic plan to consolidate its position as a benchmark railway operator.

Top 3 most popular Routes and travel duration

1. Madrid-Barcelona via AVE fast train arrives in Approx 3 hours
2. Madrid Valencia via AVE fast train arrives in Approx 1 hour 40minutes
3. Madrid Seville via AVE fast train arrives in Approx 2 hours 20minutes

Did you know?

- Renfe sponsors the Guggenheim Museum
- Renfe promoted the Medieval train to Sijuenze, Strawberry Train and Cervantes train.
- The Spanish rail network now covers 15,665 km of track?

In the future

Renfe is focusing its efforts on providing a service in which excellence is paramount, offering customers a service complying with the highest standards of punctuality, accessibility, safety and quality, and ensuring the needs of passengers are met.

Why travel with Renfe

When it comes to linking a Mediterranean nation like Spain by rail, Renfe certainly exceed expectations. Using a high-tech eTicket system, new age App integration and local retailers it's no wonder Spain by rail is such a popular choice for Australian travellers.

Renfe offers a variety of day and night services with comfort and fares to match any budget, taking the hassle out of choosing rail travel.

Order your Renfe rail journeys today using the simple booking system above!