Spain’s new high-speed train (and low-cost rail line, as well) will commence services in April, offering passengers an average discount of 60% on fares between Madrid and Barcelona compared to the cost of the existing high-speed AVE trains (whose one-way tickets start from €32.30/US$35.60). Spain high-speed train
Spain’s new high-speed train line is known as AVLO, from the national rail company Renfe, and tickets will be priced between €10 and €60 (US$66) per journey, depending on the route and time of travel. Travellers under the age of 14, who are accompanied by an adult, will pay just €5 (US$5.51).
The initial route of Spain’s new high-speed train will be from Madrid to Barcelona, with five trains going in each direction every day. Spain high-speed train
Each train has 20 percent more capacity than current AVE trains because they have taken out the Preferente carriage and the dining car.
The current AVE service hurtles between the two cities in under three hours reaching a speed above 310 km/h.
To celebrate the launch of the AVLO train, Renfe launched a promotion on Monday, offering 1000 tickets per day priced at just €5, available to all passengers. According to El País, the website received over 1.5 million visits in the first hour. The promotion will run until Wednesday, 5 February 2020 with 1000 tickets available each day for travel between 6 April and 31 August, including peak travel times of Semana Santa (Holy Week/Easter) and summer.
The high-speed AVLO service will offer three daily trains each way between Madrid and Barcelona, Spain’s busiest travel route. One is a direct service with a journey time of 2.5 hours and the other two services will stop in Zaragoza. Another service will be added later in the year, with a fifth planned for September.