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Partnership with Renfe

Travel across Spain with Renfe

Combine your flight and rail ticket.

Now it’s easier for you to plan your journey to and from the airport in Madrid and Barcelona.

Fly with us to and from Madrid or Barcelona and connect to the airport by train with Renfe. Book your entire trip with us and pay one fare from your departure point through to your final destination.

Connect between Madrid Atocha train station, Madrid Chamartín, or Barcelona Sants and more than 24 cities on the fast, modern Renfe network.

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How to book

Book online with us by selecting your departure or arrival destination when requesting your flight. You can travel from stations across Spain to the airport, or from the airport to stations across Spain.

Once you’ve booked on our website, we’ll send your Emirates flight ticket, which will include a reference number for your rail journey. Use this number to check in with Renfe and print your train ticket. We’ve included the details of how to do that below. This is a mandatory part of the process; your printed train ticket must be presented at the time of boarding the train.

If you’re booking through an Emirates office or a travel agent, ask them to add the train service before they complete your booking.

Emirates Skywards members

If you’re a member of both Emirates Skywards and Renfe’s loyalty program, only Skywards Miles apply to your ticket because it’s considered as a flight fare. Unfortunately, you can’t book a combined rail and flight ticket on a Skywards reward booking.


The Emirates ticket cannot be used to board the Renfe train. You must print out your Renfe ticket or write down the number shown on its upper left-hand side. Use this number to print a copy of your train ticket from Renfe ticket vending machines, located in most railway stations.

However, we highly recommend you print your Renfe train ticket through the check-in section of within 72 hours of your scheduled train departure for both the inbound and the outbound journey. Enter the reference number locator or your e-ticket number (in the format 176-1234567890) along with your full name as it appears on your e-ticket in the form on the webpage.

If you’re traveling with an infant under two years old who will not be occupying a seat, your child will not need a ticket to travel on Renfe. Please arrive at the railway station waiting hall at least 30 minutes before your train departure.

Transportation between stations and airports

Renfe does not operate direct services between Madrid and Barcelona airports and regional points in Spain. Therefore, passengers must transfer trains at the train stations in downtown.

If you have scheduled an AVE-Alta Velocidad train (please check this on the Renfe ticket), you can use suburban cercanías trains free of charge (including transfers between the airport and the train station). You can get your ticket from ticket offices or vending machines located in the train stations of Madrid and Barcelona Sants. You will need to enter the five-digit passcode called Combinado Cercanias, which is located in the upper left corner of your ticket. You may also be able to scan the barcode to retrieve your ticket. If you have scheduled a train other than an AVE (e.g., ALARIS, ALVIA, EUROMED, or any other), you can buy the suburban cercanías train ticket from ticket offices or vending machines for approximately €5 (amount subject to change).

To and from Madrid airport:
You are entitled to a free train ticket to or from Madrid airport using train line C1 departing from Terminal 4 when traveling on AVE and long-distance trains linking the airport with main train stations in Madrid.

To or from Barcelona airport:
You are entitled to a free train ticket to or from Barcelona airport using R2 North Line (Norte Aeropuerto–Sant Celoni/Maçanet Massanes), linking El Prat Airport Terminal 2 with Sants, Passeig de Gracia, and Clot train stations in downtown Barcelona.