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Alvia high-speed train

The Spanish Alvia trains combine both a long distance and a high-speed service to connect major cities across Spain. The Alvia offers many routes such as connections from Madrid to Gijon, Alicante and Castellón and from Barcelona to Bilbao, A Coruña and Vigo. With air conditioned carriages and check-in control before boarding, the Alvia is a comfortable and relaxed way to traverse one of Europe's biggest countries.


Alvia routes

Whether you wish to travel from Barcelona in the east to A Coruña in the north west or from central Madrid to Gijon in northern Spain, Alvia offers extensive routes across Spain. The Alvia high-speed train seats offer a comfortable and spacious service with a buffet carriage and an option to purchase both hot and cold drinks and meals in 2nd class (Elige Estándar) and 1st class (Elige Confort).

Map with Alvia routes

Alvia trains make connections across Spain and run on the following routes:

  • Alicante - Gijon
  • Alicante - Santander
  • Madrid - Alicante
  • Madrid - Bilbao
  • Madrid - Cadiz
  • Madrid - Gijon
  • Madrid - Huelva
  • Madrid - Logroño
  • Madrid - Pamplona
  • Madrid - Santander
  • Madrid - Irun (Spain)
  • Madrid - Castellón
  • Madrid - Vitoria-Gasteiz
  • Madrid - A Coruña
  • Barcelona - A Coruña
  • Barcelona - Bilbao
  • Barcelona - Gijon (via León)
  • Barcelona - Irun (Spain)
  • Barcelona - Vigo




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

How to make reservations for the Alvia

Interrail reservation self-service system

Locally at the train station

  • Reservations for Alvia high-speed trains in Spain can also made locally at the ticket desk of a Spanish Long Distance railway station. Find a list of long distance train station here. You can make reservations on the day of travel or for up to 3 months in advance.

By calling Renfe phone sales

  • +34 91 232 03 20
  • Pre-reserving a seat is possible. You will receive a PNR code which you must use to pick up and pay for your reservation at a local station ticket office, making sure to show your Interrail Pass. After the booking, you must collect your reservation within 72 hours. The reservation can only be booked up to 24 hours before the train departure time. After this time the pre-reservation will expire.
  • Please note that a pre-reservation is not the same as a reservation. It only holds a seat for you for 72 hours.

Other booking locations

  • At a Deutsche Bahn ticket office. You need to provide the train number.
  • Via Deutsche Bahn by phone (+49 30 2970 or directly to the English line +49 30 311682904). Collect at a DB ticket machine or receive via post (€5.90 per order). You need to provide the train number.


Reservation classes & fees

  • 2nd (Elige Estándar): €10,00
  • 1st (Elige Confort): €13,00


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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