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).
The 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 the Spain’s new high-speed train will be from Madrid to Barcelona, with five trains going in each direction every day.
Each train has a 20 percent more capacity than current AVE trains because they have taken out the Preferente carriage and the dining car.
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.