Spain's high speed train sector seems well positioned to expand
by Stephen Maher on Tuesday, March 16, 2010
The New York Times reported yesterday about the success of Spain´s high speed rail lines - AVE for Alta Velocidad, opened in 2008 - highlighting the 6 hour car ride between Madrid and Barcelona that´s cut down to 2 hr 38 min with Renfe - Spain´s national train operator.
Other lines connect Madrid with Sevilla and Malaga while a Barcelona to Paris line is in the works. Environmentally, Spain is on board with the rest of the Europe Union to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by 20% over the next 10 years by utilizing more rail lines and cutting back on air traffic.
The AVE tickets cost as much as a plane ride - about €120 to €200 one way or $160 to $300 - but booking in advance can land you a good deal.
Keywords: Travel,travel in Spain,Madrid,Barcelona,Sevilla