Altaria high-speed train

guy looking out of Altaria train window

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 high-speed train routes


1st class travelers 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
  • Madrid - Murcia



Reservation: mandatory

When a reservation is mandatory you must reserve a seat in advance. It's not possible to board the train without this reservation.

Reservations on the Altaria high-speed trains are mandatory. 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:

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 sale at all major train stations in Spain.

Reservation fees

  • 1st class (Preferente) seat: 23.50 euros

  • 2nd class (Turista) seat: 6.50 euros

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

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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