A cut-price high-speed train (AVE) service between Alicante and Madrid will be available from June 2, 2023, provided by private company Iryo, a joint venture by Spanish airline Air Nostrum and Trenitalia.
Since the introduction of competition on AVE lines, Iryo and Oiugo – a brand of French state rail company SNCF – can operate services in addition to those offered by Spanish state rail company Renfe’s AVE and cheaper AVLO trains.
This will be the first cheaper AVE service to include Alicante, connecting the provincial and national capitals and stopping at Albacete and Madrid Chamartín. The lowest priced tickets for the launch date, when consulted this week, were €27 from Alicante to Madrid and €18 to return the next day, a total of €45 and approximately half of the usual cost of a Renfe AVE train.
There are two outward trains for that day, the first leaving at 12.25 and arriving at 14.50, and the second from 19.25 to 21.52, taking two hours and 25 minutes and 2h27m respectively.
Full report in Friday’s Costa Blanca News