New, cheaper high-speed rail hyperlink between Madrid and Barcelona

Starting in early 2019, will probably be cheaper than ever to hop between Madrid’s Plaza Mayor and Barcelona’s Plaça de Catalunya, Parque del Buen Retiro and Park Güell, Gran Vía and La Rambla.

Plaza Mayor, Madrid. Image by: Geography Photos/Getty Images

New trains referred to as ‘EVA’ is not going to solely get you throughout Spain in a flash, additionally they come with tickets about 25% cheaper than the present choice. A high-speed connection between Spain’s two most populous cities is nothing new; the blink-or-you’ll-miss-it AVE has been working since 2008. While each trains could make the trek in a mere three hours, a one-way ticket for the AVE prices round €85 whereas EVA plans to whittle that quantity all the way down to €65. So how has EVA managed to slash prices?

EVA received’t provide first-class prepare automobiles, and Wi-Fi and merchandising machines will exchange built-in video screens and meals service. The financial savings additionally come with a slight loss of non-public house, as there might be yet one more seat per row in comparison with the AVE.

And take be aware, travellers: EVA received’t arrive at Barcelona’s central Sants Train Station, however reasonably at a station within the neighbouring city El Prat de Llobregat. Piggybacking off the transportation choices from El Prat Airport, a slew of taxis, buses, trains and even a subway cease might be obtainable to whisk travellers the remaining 14 kilometres into Barcelona. (Like the AVE, EVA will run by Madrid’s Atocha Train Station.)

Central Barcelona
Aerial picture of Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona. Image by: Blom UK through Getty Images

While all the particulars haven’t been confirmed but, it seems that EVA might observe within the footsteps of low-cost airways with regards to cost-cutting ways. A current article in El País in contrast EVA to the famously bare-boned Ryanair, mentioning that travellers might have to pay additional for assigned seats and forward-facing seats. Additional prices for pets and particular baggage might apply, as properly.

This low-cost, high-speed choice may run full-steam forward to different areas of Spain; if that occurs, cross-country prepare travel would turn into notably extra reasonably priced.

By Cassandra Gambill

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