The head of Renfe, Isaías Táboas, speaks to EL PAÍS about what the new budget high-speed train service AVLO will offer when it launches next year
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Or they are just doing a good job in what they are supposed to do ;-)Pretty much any train in Spain is high speed, low cost compared to the UK offering. Also quiet, civilised, well staffed and clean. I assume they either run at a loss or get significant state support?
That would be the Alvia another HST, the AVE does not reach Asturias yet, due to problems with the 23 Km tunnel through the Picos, soon completed hopefully
Don’t want to de-rail (ha!) this thread, but just to point out that no public transportation system exists without significant public subsidy. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rail_subsidiesOr they are just doing a good job in what they are supposed to do ;-)
I should not have put in the political reference, and will remove it. Sorry I should know better. I just wanted to make the point that it comes as no surprise to anyone that the government spends a lot of money on roads, but when the issue is whether the government should spend a lot of money on trains, the conversation changes, at least where I come from. Anyway, the point of Ivar's post was to alert us to ever-improving transportation options in Spain, and for that all pilgrims can be thankful!I do not see the relevance of pointing out that no public transport system exitsts without public subsidy - but maybe this is because I am from a country where public subsidy is not considered as a bad thing. Anyway, improving railway infrastructure is probably an environmental necessity due to the ecological damage done by using airplanes. Hopefully railway infrastructure within Europe will improve much more in the future, so (together with an increased tax on kerosene) people will less feel the need to use airplanes on relatively short distances. A public subsidy well spent I guess.
Assuming that these low cost lines have the same policies as the other trains, here is the info as published by RENFE. Since the policy seems to apply to all trains, even cercanías and Feve, I would assume it will extend to these new lines.Any information on how to take a bike on theses?
The Tarjeta Dorada is a great deal for people over 60. It costs 6 euros a year and provides discounts from 25-50% on all RENFE, FEVE, and Cercanías. I don’t know if you can buy it online or in other locations, but I have always bought mine at the train station. Information in English is provided in the link below.One thing the elder walker must remember when travelling on a train,' Esta disquenta' a discount for the over 60.s. All you have to do is show your passport
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