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Tarjeta Dorada: Spanish Discount Train Travel for the Over-60 Crowd


Simple Easy Discount Card:

Tarjeta Dorada. In English it means Golden Card. 


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Conrad and I love Spain. Over eight years, we’ve house sat on the side of a mountain, made great friends, and made Spain a major stop last year on our longest house sitting adventure to date. We’ve tootled around the countryside in a rental car and by train, (with an enlightening stop in Cordoba), so it’s only natural I’m going to seek out bargains. It’s what I do. (I’ve wasted money in the past making boo-boos, and that spurs me on with greater gusto!)

Which one of us discovered Tarjeta Dorada first? I don’t remember now, and it took us courage to finally ask — in Spanish — at a ticket counter. We’re glad we did because that little card saved us a lot of dough over the years. Here are the nuts & bolts of Tarjeta Dorada:

  • For those over 60 years old
  • Purchase Tarjeta Dorada at any train station in Spain
  • Present your passport and 6 Euros
  • 25% discount Friday, Saturday, and Sunday on all Renfe trains
  • 40% discount Monday through Thursday on all Renfe trains
  • Purchase rail tickets online or at kiosks by typing in your TD card number
  • Or purchase rail tickets at station windows by presenting your Tarjeta Dorada card
  • Good for one year


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Charm everywhere

Renfe is the major train company in Spain and encompasses light rail, regional, and long distance, including the AVE high-speed rail. Buying the discount card for 6 Euros could pay for itself on one train reservation. It’s a great deal.

Spain is already a low-cost country in which to travel, and the Tarjeta Dorada makes it even better.


Amazing Cordoba


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Brilliant Barcelona












My wish is to inspire you to travel more and farther. Click here for more house sitting tips, or more travel tips. 

House sittingWishing you safe and happy travels,

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