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



Reservations can be made 62 days in advance. Reservations can be made at a ticket desk or self-service machine at local train stations or by calling the RENFE Call Center. The RENFE call center has Spanish speaking staff. However, you can ask to be put through with an English speaking agent. You can pick up your reservations at all Spanish high-speed train stations. Just take your order number to a ticket window within 72 hours. You can pay for the reservations when collecting them at the station. RENFE does not mail reservations to your address.

How to make a reservation


Phone number: +34 902 320 320 (Opening hours: 24/7).

Altaria reservations

Reservation : Mandatory

  • 2nd class (turista): €10

  • 1st class (preferente): €10-€23.50


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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