If you are going to travel on a Spanish High Speed ​​train (AVE), you should be clear about what luggage you can take and what its size should be. In this article, we talk about the maximum luggage allowed, as well as the security controls that must be passed and the prohibited objects.

Below you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with in this article.


With our AVE ticket we are allowed to carry hand luggage, but there is a luggage limit of up to three pieces. In total, this equipment must weigh a maximum of 25 kg and cannot occupy more than 290 cm.

The largest suitcase must have a maximum size of 85 x 55 x 35 cm. Likewise, hand luggage also includes chairs, folded baby carriers, musical instruments in a cover of up to 30 x 120 x 38 cm and bicycles folded or disassembled in a cover of up to 180 cm in total.

Apart from these conditions, you may carry a special luggage, which can be a golf bag, a ski bag or bicycles (if the dimensions are greater than those of hand luggage and up to 120 x 90 x 40 cm).

If you are taking this special equipment, you will only be allowed to carry a single piece of hand luggage up to 55 x 35 x 25 cm. Otherwise, you will be considered to have excess baggage.

On the other hand, Renfe has a service called Door to Door Luggage. If you hire it, they collect your luggage and take it wherever you want, as long as it is within the municipalities of the provinces of origin or destination of your trip, or neighboring ones. In addition, you must have an AVE ticket.

This service transports a maximum of three packages, whether normal or special. Each one can weigh up to 25 kg and, with the exception of skis, cannot exceed 250 cm in total. The maximum date to request it is two days before the train leaves (it must be requested before 12 noon), and changes can be made up to twelve hours before.

When it comes to picking up luggage, they can do it between four and one day before the train leaves, although there is no service on Sundays and holidays. The price varies between € 20 and € 26 and is requested from the official Renfe website, which you can access by clicking this link.

As for the PetsDogs, cats, ferrets and small birds with a maximum weight of 10 kg are allowed on the AVE. They may travel as long as they do not cause a nuisance to other passengers and that they go in a cage or carrier of 60 x 35 x 35 cm at the feet of the owner. You have to pay an additional ticket and only one animal is allowed per person.

Security control

To be able to get on the AVE you have to go through an access control in which you have to show your train ticket and pass your suitcases through a scanner. In this way they guarantee the safety of the passengers.

The scanner will make sure that people do not carry any of these in their luggage prohibited objects:

  • Firearms without a license and membership guide
  • Poles-rapier, pocket knives, knives, daggers, bladed weapons
  • Cartridges
  • Sharp, sharp, blunt or dangerous objects
  • Paintball guns
  • Explosive, flammable, chemical or toxic substances

In this control the suitcases are not weighed nor is there any limitation in terms of liquids. Once inside the train, Renfe is not responsible for loss, theft or damage to luggage that may be suffered due to the misplaced luggage.

Questions from users

Where does the luggage go on the train? Do you keep the suitcases in a specific place?

In the AVE there is space in the areas near each wagon to store the largest suitcases, as well as some shelves above the seats for smaller luggage. The passenger is in charge of placing their luggage.

Can you check luggage on the AVE?

No, on the AVE there is no such option, only those mentioned above such as special baggage or the Door-to-Door Baggage service.

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