Free Children Ticket requirement on Renfe AVE train from Madrid to Valencia

We are travelling with a 3 year old child and do not need seat reservation on Renfe AVE from Madrid to Valencia. As such, we have booked only adult tickets and no ticket for Child (as there is no option for free children ticket on Rail Europe site).However, Renfe website mentions that a Free Children Ticket is required. Can someone help on exact requirement. Also, if I need to add free children to my existing booking, how can I do so?Thanks.Naresh Mistry
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) February 10, 2017 21:17
    Hi Naresh,

    On trains in Spain, children under the age of 4 can travel at no cost. To travel free, however, the child passenger would not have a seat of their own. Therefore, they would have to sit in the lap of an adult passenger in the party. Therefore, you would not need to purchase a ticket for a 3-year old.

    If you wish for your 3-year old to have their own seat, then you would purchase tickets at the child rate by classifying him/her as a child ('Youth/Child (4-25)') when you search for schedules and fares on our website. If you already have your tickets but wish to purchase an actual seat for your 3-year old, then you would have to call us, so that we can attempt to book the seat close to yours. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT on Saturdays.
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  • i originally did not see how to add the free child to me and my husbands train reservation (we have already booked) how do I add a free child (under 4)
    • Jeff (Official Rep) March 11, 2019 14:09
      Hi Sarah,

      If you already have your tickets but you want to purchase an actual seat for your child, you would have to call us. That way, we can attempt to book the additional seat close to yours. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM CT Monday to Friday.
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