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Ouigo starts selling his first Madrid-Barcelona tickets

Ouigo attacks the Spanish internal market (photo: Ouigo)
Ouigo attacks the Spanish internal market (photo: Ouigo)
FRANCE / SPAIN. On Wednesday 9 December 2020, Ouigo Spain, a subsidiary of SNCF Voyageurs, is launching the sale of its first high-speed train tickets (Alstom) between Madrid and Barcelona. The journey between the two cities will take 2.5 hours and 30 minutes on Alstom Euroduplex double-deck trains.

Announced in September 2020 by the SNCF as part of its internationalisation in Spain, this domestic link will serve Zaragoza and Tarragona in addition to the two cities. These trains will run from 10 May to 11 December 2021 with ten daily journeys. Unless the French company is considering the hypothesis that the mobility restrictions between the communities of Madrid, Aragon and Catalonia will be relaxed. In this case, service would begin earlier in the spring.

As in France, where it has attracted more than 50 million customers since its launch in 2013, Ouigo will be offering low-cost deals. Starting at €9 for a single ticket for an adult including a cabin baggage item (€5 extra for each additional baggage item). Children under the age of three will be able to travel free of charge and those aged four to thirteen will benefit from a single fare of €5.

Ouigo plans to expand its domestic network in Spain (see map below) with extensions from Madrid to Valencia, Alicante, Cordoba, Seville and Malaga. Its arrival will result in 1,300 direct and indirect jobs.

Eric Apim

Wednesday, December 9th 2020

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