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Travelling on an Alvia train

At a glance

  • High speed train
  • Regional train
  • Spain

Alvia high-speed trains run along Spain’s main long-distance rail routes. Operated by Renfe, air-conditioned and comfortable Alvia trains usually consist of three First Class carriages, six Standard Class carriages and a café / buffet coach with engines at each end.

For high-speed Alvia style opt for the purpose-built high-speed lines that fan out from Madrid. But you’ll find Alvia trains on traditional lines too with services extending to the very extremities of Spain. The secret of Alvia’s success is its flexibility in being well-suited to both high-speed and classic lines. You’ll find Alvia trains right across the country: from Irun on the French border to Cadiz on the south coast.

As with all Spanish long-distance train services, a seat reservation is obligatory. Tickets and reservations will often be checked on the platform before boarding the train. Luggage racks are available overhead and at the end of each carriage.

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Seating and sleeping on Alvia

Standard Class

Even in Standard Class (called Turista) you have plenty of legroom on Alvia trains. Seating is arranged in airline-style unidirectional seats that come in pairs, arranged across a central aisle. All seats have footrests.

Food and drink on Alvia

Café / Buffet

Most Alvia trains carry a café or buffet car open to all passengers that offers hot and cold drinks, beer and wine during your journey. At lunch and dinner time hot snacks can be ordered. Don’t expect fine dining; you’ll either take your snack back to your seat or enjoy it while standing at one of the bar tables in the buffet car.

Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.