Renfe increases Ave trains between Madrid and Valencia
Spanish operator Renfe is adding more trains on the high-speed trajectory Madrid – Valencia. The operator plans four new services, two trains per direction, between the two cities, which represents a daily supply of 26 high-speed trains.
With four additional daily trains, there will be 1,500 more seats available between Madrid and Valencia. The Madrid-València high-speed line was commissioned in 2010. After the Madrid-Zaragoza-Barcelona AVE, with its 248 kilometers per hour of commercial speed, the València-Madrid is the second fastest line of the country.
The new Ave services are scheduled to depart from Valencia Joaquín Sorolla at 8:40 am from Monday to Thursday and at 4:15 pm from Monday to Sunday. In the opposite direction, the Ave train that runs at 8:45am on weekends, departing from Madrid Puerta de Atocha, will run daily, and a daily train is scheduled, except on Saturdays, departing from Atocha at 5:10pm.
According to Renfe, positive response to the demand has led to an increase in the number of weekly services on the Madrid-València route. The new service, tickets for which go on sale from January 5, represents an increase of 1,500 seats per day.
The company reinforces the service in those connections and timetables where there is a greater demand. The increase in the number of passengers on the high-speed trains that connect Madrid with Valencia has taken place progressively. Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays are the days with the highest demand, which shows the combination of traffic for professional reasons and weekend leisure and holidays.
Competition on the way
In the second half of 2022, new operator ILSA is expected to start services, among which on the Madrid – Valencia/Alicante line under the brand Iryo. Ouigo Spain, a subsidiary of the French SNCF, is also planning to launch high-speed trains on the same line.