Renfe has announced that it will begin selling cheap train tickets to Valencia on its Avlo line from March 2022.
(29.10.) After a long wait, low-cost trains to Valencia will begin service next year. Renfe recently announced that cheap train tickets to Valencia will be available from March 2022, and visitors to Fallas will already be able to take advantage of significant discounts.
Raquel Sanchez, Minister of Mobility, Transport, and Urban Agenda, confirmed this in a press conference where she also presented a study on the high-speed line between Valencia and Castellon.
Renfes’ low-cost brand, Avlo, will transport passengers from Madrid to Valencia for less than half the cost of current tickets. It will be the carrier’s second low-cost line in Spain, following the Madrid-Barcelona route.
The Avlo brand was created in response to the harsh competition on the Spanish market caused by the entry of new players. Valencia was the focus of French operator Ouigo, which promised that cheap train tickets to Valencia would be available by the end of 2021. However, because there is no set date for the launch of this service, it looks like Renfe will be the first to enter the market.
Since this summer, Oigo has been offering low-cost tickets on the Madrid-Barcelona route, and the high occupancy rate has made tickets starting at €9 profitable. It is expected that the French carrier will not waste time and will launch a low-cost Madrid-Valencia route before the summer.
Yet another operator will enter the market next year, though no specific date has been set. The ILSA Consortium, a partnership between the Valencian company Air Nostrum and the Italian Trenitalia, has stated that it will begin operations sometime in the spring of 2022. Because Valencia is a transportation and business hub for Air Nostrum, we can expect even better deals to be available.
According to the data, the Madrid-Valencia route is the second most profitable in all of Spain, which explains why there is so much competition. With the number of trains that will enter service, it is difficult to imagine anyone choosing to fly to Madrid in future.
Renfe’s monopoly on high-speed trains in Spain will end, but the Spanish carrier is already eyeing other European markets such as France and Germany.
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