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The Rail System of Spain




A double decker regional train

Until relatively recently, Spain did not have the best of train systems. Being the second most mountainous country in Europe, it was often difficult to link certain cities due the mountains and hills in the way. The resulting railway system often involved winding tracks and slow trains.

All this however is changing, the first high speed track (tunneling through mountains where necessary) based on the French system was opened from Madrid to Sevilla in 1992. This system is now being expanded, along with significant improvements to the standard track. Spain expects that in 2010 it will become the world leader in length of high speed rail track - surpassing France and Japan.

The Spanish rail system is state run by RENFE and the English version of their website is Here. There are however a confusing number of different types of trains.

AVE high Speed Train

We have more information on the Spanish High Speed Rail Network, the trains that run on it, plus price information, Here, including the Altaria, which runs on conventional track for the last part of the journey to Algaciras, and the Shorter distance high speed Avant trains.

The Alaris is the fastest way to travel between Madrid and Valencia, Castillon and Gandia. We have more information Here

The Euromed is a fast train running up the east coast of Spain from Alicante to Barcelona. We have more information Here

The Alvia is a fast train available from Madrid traveling north to Oviedo, Santander, San Sebastian or Pamplona. We have more information Here

The Altaria is a fast train available from Madrid to Huelva, Cadiz, Algeciras, and Alicante. We have more information Here

The Regional rail network of Spain. We have more information Here

The Train Hotels offer special facilities for international travel at night. We have more information Here