The new and latest link in the Spanish AVE high speed train network was opened today between Barcelona and Figueres on the Spanish/French border. So now you can catch the high speed train from London to Paris, change for a train to the Spanish border, hop on the next stage to Barcelona, and finally change for the non-stop AVE link right the way though to Sevilla, Cordoba and Málaga in southern Spain.
The AVE is a very comfortable, clean and efficient way to travel and offers an alternative to flying and definitely to driving. With speeds up to 300 kms an hour, it’s a wonderful way to see the countryside whilst travelling in style. All comforts can be found on board with full catering facilities, Wi-Fi and PC computer connections, newspapers and magazines, in-train videos and music, 2 and 4 berth sleepers, private toilets and showers, and for business and first class passengers breakfast, a full 3-course lunch or dinner and drink service brought to your seat.
Paris – Barcelona in six and a half hours.
Paris – Madrid in 10 hours.
Barcelona – Málaga (without changing in Madrid): five and a half hours.
The AVE service has been in operation in Malaga since 2007 and connects to Sevilla, Cordoba, Madrid, Valladolid, Valencia, Barcelona and Girona. There is also a section open in La Coruña which will eventually link up with Madrid as well as an extension from Málaga to Granada, currently under construction. Spain has today the biggest network of high speed trains in Europe.