If you are over 60 years old,
you can save a bit of cash
by applying for a Tarjeta Dorada card.
This card entitles you to purchase tickets for any train and class.
The Tarjeta Dorada is valid for one year.
It can be purchased at any Renfe station,
ticket office, or travel agency.
The cost is only €6.
People over 18 years of age who are receiving a pension,
people with an officially declared permanant, total
or absolute or severe physical or mental disability,
or people with a disability of 65% or more
can also obtain the Card.
For such persons, the words
"AND TRAVELING COMPANION"
will be printed on the card and allow the companion
to travel with the same discount.
On AVE Trains.
These trains reach up to 300 mph!
On Monday through Thursday you will get a 40% discount.
On Friday through Sunday you will get a 25% discount
for tickets that have not been bought in advance and with a reserved seat.
On Conventional Trains
40% discount all days, trains, and routes.
These trains operate on short-distance routes.
25% on Monday through Friday
40% on Saturday and Sunday
These are suburban trains.
40% discount all days
On Ancho Métrico
50% discount all days, trains, and routes
The card used to be quite colorful,
but last year I received a heavy paper foldable card
that looked much like this one:
Last year I was able to use my card for a big discount
at the archaeological site in Merida on the Via de la Plata.
However, other museums and bus stations did not allow a discount.
I suggest you simply ASK at each place.
if you plan on doing any train travel at all,
this card can save you some cash.
You will need identification to prove
either your age or your disability status.