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Tuesday 22 December 2020

On the right track between Madrid and Barcelona

I love catching trains in Europe. The journey from city centre to city centre is usually faster than flying; and invariably more comfortable. 

Good news, then, that a new low-cost train service is launching in Spain with services operating between Madrid and Barcelona. 

Some tickets will be priced as low as €9 - but you can bet they will be rare as hen's teeth with plenty of restrictions. 

Trains on the route will also stop in Zaragoza and Tarragona, with a journey time of 2 1/2 hours between the national capital and Catalan capital. 

Journeys are expected to launch in May, though they could be brought forward again if pandemic travel restrictions within Spain are eased, Lonely Planet reported.

The trains will be run by Ouigo Spain, a subsidiary of SNCF, the state-owned railway of France, which has said that tickets for its double-decker trains would cost about half of the current price, which can run up to €110. 

Ouigo Spain’s pricing structure is similar to that of a budget airline. 

Ouigo will operate five return journeys between Barcelona and Madrid every day. The route between Barcelona and Madrid will be the only line on this service to start, but the company hopes to expand its network across Spain and offer services to Valencia, Alicante and Seville. 

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