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|ORIGIN DESTINATION|| |
|Marseille - Barcelona (France - Spain)||AVE high-speed train||4h 30 min|
|Marseille - Madrid||AVE high-speed train||7 hrs 45 mins|
|Paris - Barcelona||AVE high-speed train||6 hrs 20 min|
|Lyon - Barcelona||AVE high-speed train||5 hours|
|Toulouse - Barcelona||AVE high-speed train||3 hrs 15 mins|
|Paris - Irún||TGV||5 hours|
|Lisbon - Madrid (Portugal - Spain)||Lusitania||10 hours|
|Lisbon - Irún||Surexpreso||13 hrs 15 min|
|Lisbon - Donostia - San Sebastián||Surexpreso||13 hrs 30 min|
|Oporto - Vigo||Trencelta||2 hrs 15 mins|
A high-speed rail line (AVE) between Madrid and Seville was completed in 1992. In 2003, high-speed service was inaugurated on a new line from Madrid to Lleida and extended to Barcelona in 2008. The same year, lines from Madrid to Valladolid and from Córdoba to Málaga were inaugurated. In 2010, AVE line Madrid-Cuenca-Valencia was inaugurated.
now has the most extensive high-speed rail network in Europe, and the second-most extensive in the world after China. As of October 2010, has a total of 3,500 km (2,174.80 mi) of high-speed tracks linking Málaga, Seville, Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Valladolid, with the trains reaching speeds up to 300 km/h (190 mph). On average, the Spanish high-speed train is the fastest one in the world, followed by the Japanese bullet train and the French TGV. Regarding punctuality, it is second in the world (98.54% on-time arrival) after the Japanese Shinkansen (99%). Should the aims of the ambitious AVE programme (Spanish high speed trains) be met, by 2020 will have 7,000 km (4,300 mi) of high-speed trains linking almost all provincial cities to Madrid in less than three hours and Barcelona within four hours.
Railway links with adjacent countries
Alta Velocidad Española (AVE) is a high-speed rail service in operated by Renfe, the Spanish national railway company, at speeds of up to 310 km/h (193 mph). The name is literally translated from Spanish "Alta Velocidad Españolas" (Spanish High Speed), but its initials are also a play on the word ave, meaning "bird". As of December 2011, the Spanish AVE system is the longest HSR network in Europe with 2,665 km (1,656 mi) and the second in the world after China. AVE trains run on a network of dedicated high-speed rail track owned and managed by Adif.
The first line was opened in 1992, connecting the cities of Madrid, Córdoba, and Sevilla. Unlike the rest of the Spanish broad gauge network, the AVE uses standard gauge, permitting direct connections outside . Although AVE trains are operated by Renfe, the Spanish state railway company, private companies may be allowed to operate trains in the future using other brands, in accordance with European Union legislation. Some TGV-derived trains do run on the broad-gauge network at slower speeds, and these are branded separately as Euromed. On the line from Madrid to Seville, the service guarantees arrival within five minutes of the advertised time, although only 0.16% of trains have been so. In this regard, the punctuality of the AVE is exceptional compared to other non-long-distance Renfe services.
On other AVE lines, this punctuality promise is more lax (15 minutes on the Barcelona line). A possible reason for this is that AVE services slow down to 200 km/h for the Sierra Morena section of the journey because of the tight curves and 250 km/h for the Córdoba-Seville section, possibly on account of medium-speed services running on the line, meaning that they have an easy means of recovering lost time if held up earlier in the journey.
Renfe: Renfe Operadora is Spain's national train company. Renfe's high-speed AVE trains travel up to 350 km/h and connect Madrid with other major cities in including Seville, Barcelona, Valencia, Toledo, Cordoba, and Malaga.
Madrid Atocha Railway Station
Estación de Atocha
Plaza del Emperador Carlos V, 3
Barcelona Sants Railway Station
Plaça dels Països Catalans
Seville Santa Justa Train Station
Avenida Kansas City, s/n.
Madrid Atocha or Estación de Madrid Atocha, also named (Madrid Puerta de Atocha) is the largest railway station in Madrid. It is the primary station serving commuter trains (Cercanías), intercity and regional trains from the south, and the AVE high speed trains from Barcelona (Catalonia), Zaragoza (Aragon), Sevilla (Andalusia), Málaga (Andalusia), Valencia and Alicante (Levante Region). These train services are run by the Spanish national rail company, Renfe. As of 2018, this station has daily services to Marseille in France.
Metro and Tram Systems in Spain.
Other major ports and harbours include: Alicante, Almería, Cádiz, Cartagena, A Coruña, Ceuta, Huelva, Málaga, Melilla, Gijón, Palma de Mallorca, Sagunto, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Los Cristianos (Tenerife), Santander, Tarragona, Vigo, Motril, Seville, Castellón de la Plana, Pasaia, Avilés, and Ferrol.
is connected by sea with regular services from the UK, Italy, Morocco and Algeria. Below, we will give details of the existing routes, some of the companies that cover the routes and their approximate durations.
|Civitavecchia - Barcelona||Grimaldi Lines||20 hours|
|Genoa - Barcelona||Grandi Navi Veloci||20 hr 30 min|
|Porto Torres - Barcelona||Grimaldi Lines||12 hrs 15 mins|
|Savona - Barcelona||Grimaldi Lines||17 hours|
|Plymouth - Santander||Brittany Ferries||20 hours|
|Portsmouth - Bilbao||Brittany Ferries||24 hr 30 min|
|Portsmouth - Santander||Brittany Ferries||24 hours|
|Cork - Santander||Brittany Ferries||28 hr 30 min|
|Corsica Ferries||10 hr 30 min|
|Nador - Motril (Granada)||Naviera Armas||7 hrs 30 mins|
|Nador - Almería||Trasmediterranea||8 hours|
|Nador - Barcelona||Grandi Navi Veloci||28 hr 45 min|
|Al-Hoceima – Motril (Granada)||Naviera Armas||6 hours|
|Tangiers - Algeciras (Cádiz)||Trasmediterranea||1 hr 30 mins|
|Tangiers - Barcelona||Grandi Navi Veloci||28 hours|
|Tangiers - Barcelona||Grimaldi Lines||28 hours|
|Oran - Almería||Trasmediterranea||8 hours|
|Ghazaouet - Almería||Trasmediterranea||7 hours|
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