The distance from Girona via Barcelona to Madrid is about 700 km.
Girona and Barcelona are part of the Spanish autonomous community of Catalonia, including the provinces of Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and Tarragona. Because of the autonomous status of Catalonia is also designated as historical nationality.
The railway line runs through Zaragoza, the capital of the autonomous community of Aragon, comprising the provinces of Huesca, Teruel and Zaragoza. Thereafter, the train crosses the Autonomous Community of Castilla-La Mancha to Madrid.
La Mancha became known by Don Quixote. Castilla-La Mancha, in turn, consists of the provinces of Albacete, Ciudad Real, Cuenca, Guadalajara and Toledo.
Our journey leads over the Costa Brava by the foreland of the Pyrenees to Barcelona. We cross the Ebro at Zaragoza and our way leads through the Systema central, the main systems of mountain ranges in the Iberian Peninsula to Madrid. In April, you still can see the snow-covered tops of this mountain range from Madrid.
We leave Girona at 7:11 and arrive in Madrid around 11:15. After 700 km we are completely relaxed and had the chance to enjoy the landscape during our journey. Although the train had to cope with over 600 meters of altitude. Madrid is Europe’s highest capital and lies 667 m above sea level.
The train station in Girona is already impressive, as it was built deep below the surface, just like the train station in Barcelona. However, the station in Madrid reminds much more an airport.
One reaches the exit or the metro station over long conveyors and escalators. In Spain, baggage-checks with scanners are carried out at every station of the high-speed trains of Renfe Ave. A seat seat reservation is also required. It is checked at the departure station.
We traveled with a Renfe Spain Pass, a cost-effective way to travel with AVE Long Distance and Medium Distance trains (excluding couchettes) for non-residents in Spain.
You can choose Passes of 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 journeys in Business/Club or Tourist Class. The pass is active for 6 months as from the date of issue and is valid for 1 month as from the date on which it is first validated for a journey. For long distances we can highly recommend to use a Renfe Spain Pass.
Due to the seat seat reservation before departure, it is known who gets off the train and where. Thus, the train only stops at the necessary stations. And most importantly, all of Renfe trains we used on our four week trip through Spain were on time !!!
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