Spain: New High Speed Train
Madrid to Valencia in 95 minutes
Spain launched a new high-speed train between Valencia and Madrid that has cut travel time from nearly four hours to just 1 hour and 35 minutes. The Alta Velocidad Española, or AVE, will reach speeds of up to 205 miles /hour and run every hour in each direction at peak times. Customers can select preferente seating (first class), club class coaches (luxurious first class) or tourist-class coaches (standard class). It is scheduled to make two stops en route: in Requena, which is known for its wineries, and Cuenca, a World Heritage site known for the casas colgadas, or the hanging houses of Cuenca.
From Madrid Puerta de Atocha station, travelers can easily reach the most popular destinations in Spain, including speedy service from Madrid to Barcelona, Madrid to Malaga and Madrid to Seville in roughly 2 hours and 30 minutes and Madrid-Valladolid in just one hour.