Renfe dusts off luxury night trains for new season
Renfe will this week restart its luxury night train services with the return of the Al Ándalus and the resumption of the Transcantábrico Gran Lujo, which is now in its 40th year. Next month, the Costa Verde Express will also restart.
A trip on the Transcantábrico Gran Lujo means an 8-day journey, in both directions, between San Sebastián and Santiago de Compostela. In its 40 years of operation, the Transcantábrico Gran Lujo has run 1,511 times, carrying a total of 60,510 passengers.
The Al Ándalus offers a 7-day journey that begins and starts in Sevilla and includes a guided tour of the city. The train calls at a number of quintessential Andalusian towns, such as Jerez, Cádiz, Córdoba and now also Malaga. According to Renfe, the Al Ándalus has received a serious upgrade that is accompanied by a newly designed logo and colour scheme. Items such as the bogies, airconditioning systems and insulation have all been improved on the 15 cars that make up the al Ándalus.
The first Transcantábrico Gran Lujo departs on April 8, followed by the first Al Ándalus journey the following day. Travellers interested in taking the Costa Verde Express will have to wait until May 20. This service runs between Bilbao and Santiago de Compostela. The journey takes 6 days and 5 nights across the north of Spain, and draws on lessons learned from the other high-end sleeper trains: the El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo, the Al Ándalus and the Expreso de la Robla.