Ouigo inaugurates third Spanish high-speed service

Ouigo train for the routes Madrid-Albacete-Alicante Ouigo

Ouigo Spain has launched its third high-speed service last Friday, connecting Madrid to Albacete and to coastal city Alicante. Low-cost operator Ouigo now connects the two cities in less than two and a half hours to Madrid.

There are two daily return frequencies and 28,000 seats per week between Madrid station Chamartín-Clara Campoamor, to Albacete Los Llanos and Alacante-Terminal. Ticket prices are available from 9 euros.

Ouigo, a subsidiary of French state railways SNCF, started operations in Spain in May 2021, having almost reached its second anniversary.

The new offer is added to the three daily frequencies that Ouigo already offers between Madrid-Chamartín-Clara Campoamor and Valencia-Joaquín Sorolla. This completes the five daily frequencies that the company signed with the infrastructure manager ADIF for the corridor between Madrid and the Valencian Community. ​​On this corridor, Ouigo had a market share of 36 percent in the second half of 2022, according to analysis of the Spanish competition authority CNMC.

Ouigo also offers high-speed services between Barcelona, València, Zaragoza, and Tarragona. Sevilla, Málaga and Córdoba are next one the list of Ouigo to arrive, but a launch date has not yet been communicated.

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Author: Esther Geerts

Editor RailTech.com

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