Spain's New High Speed Rail: Tickets and Passes Now Available From Rail Europe

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., March 25 /CNW/ -- Tickets and passes on the premium
high-speed Spanish train, Alta Velocidad Espanola (AVE train), can be booked,
in North America through Rail Europe. In addition to the original high-speed
line between Madrid and Seville, the new lines connect Madrid to Barcelona and
other destinations. The AVE train travels at speeds of 300 km/hour (186 mph)
and covers the distance of 550 km (342 miles) between Madrid and Barcelona in
less than 3 hours (travel time was previously 4 hours). "It's like traveling
by train from New York City to Montreal in 3 hours" says Rail Europe's
President & CEO Frederic Langlois. A total of 17 trains will operate daily to
take passengers between Madrid and Barcelona. The high-speed AVE will
influence a shift from air traffic to rail on the Madrid-Barcelona route, as
Eurostar has done on the London-Paris and London-Brussels routes and France's
TGV has done on the Paris-Lyon route.
    The new high-speed lines, have also reduced travel times between Madrid
and Valladolid; the journey, which previously took 2h 30mins, now takes only
55 minutes. And what was a 4 hour journey from Madrid to Malaga, now takes
only 2h 30mins. In addition to these shorter journey times, European train
travel also offers the time-saving benefit of bringing the travelers right
into the city center, eliminating the need for airport/city transfers.
    Rail Europe offers special web-only fares on, which
save travelers up to 10% over bookings made over the phone. Prices on the
Eurail Spain Pass start at $216(*) USD/CAD. Madrid-Barcelona AVE train tickets
start at $157(*) USD/CAD while passholder fares for this route start at $16.
Rail Europe also offers city cards, which make exploring destination cities
easy and affordable. The Madrid, Barcelona or Seville cards offer access to
public transportation around the city and entrance to museums and attractions.
    For more information or to book any of Rail Europe's wide range of
economical rail passes and point-to-point tickets on trains throughout Europe
and the U.K., consult a travel agent or log on to Rail Europe's web site, or call Rail Europe at 1-888-382-7245 (U.S.) or
1-800-361-7245 (Canada). Group Bookings for rail travel for 10 or more
passengers can also be made through Rail Europe.
    (*)Prices are subject to change; check for the latest

For further information:

For further information: Samina Sabir, Public Relations Manager, Rail 
Europe, +1-914-989-3385,

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