SPANISH operator Renfe will begin operating low-cost, high-speed Avlo services between Madrid and Valencia from February 21, with tickets on sale from January 20.

Six return services will operate between the two cities. Tickets will start at €7 each way, with 2200 seats available per day. Four of the six services will stop at Cuenca Fernando Zóbel and Requena-Utiel. Children under the age of 14 will have a basic fare of €5 provided that is accompanied by the issue of an adult ticket, with a maximum of two child tickets per adult.

Avlo services began running between Madrid and Barcelona on June 23 last year following more than a year’s delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Low-cost operator Ouigo Spain, a subsidiary of French National Railways (SNCF), is planning to start running three trains per day in each direction between Madrid and Valencia from the spring.

Spanish new entrant Iryo plans to begin operating high-speed services in the second half of the year on the Madrid - Valencia/Alicante route.