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Altaria high-speed train

The Altaria is a high-speed long-distance train that connects the Spanish capital Madrid to the southern cities of Algeciras, Granada, Cartagena and Murcia. Altaria trains are uniquely designed with gauge changing technology enabling them to travel on both standard and high-speed rails, reaching speeds of up to 200 km/hr.


Altaria routes

1st class travellers can await their departure in the exclusive lounge “Sala Club” at Madrid Puerta de Atocha. Both 1st (preferente) and 2nd (turista) class include spacious reclining seats with excellent onboard facilities such as audio/video service with headphones, and an onboard café.

Map with Altaria routes

Altaria trains run from Madrid to the south of Spain on the following routes:

  • Madrid - Algeciras
  • Madrid - Granada
  • Madrid - Cartagena (via Murcia del Carmen)




Reservations on the Altaria high-speed trains are compulsory. We recommend you make your reservations as far in advance as possible.

How to make reservations for the Altaria

You can reserve your seat on the Altaria in the following ways:

  • At the train station. Keep in mind that trains can become full during busy times.


Please note that children under 4 require a free ticket to travel on this train. This ticket can be obtained from a RENFE point-of-sales at all major train stations in Spain.


Reservation fees

  • 2nd class (Turista) seat: €6.50

  • 1st class (Preferente) seat: €23.50


Meal and drink are included in 1st class. If not available, reservation costs are €10.


Facilities and services

  • Air conditioning
  • Audio system
  • Child supervision
  • Coffee bar
  • Disabled facilities
  • Newspapers/magazines
  • Restaurant/bistro
  • Video screens


Facilities may differ per train and route.


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