Spanish Intercity Trains?

Old Mar 6, 17, 6:05 pm
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Spanish Intercity Trains?

Hey all-

I'm working on booking train tickets from Madrid-Sevilla on an upcoming trip and had a question regarding a type of train I can't seem to find any information about. One of the train types is listed as "Intercity" on the Renfe site and I'm failing miserably at finding anything about this kind of train on the forum/internet. It only seems to take 10 minutes longer than the AVE trains, but I guess I was wondering more regarding if they are still decent trains (mainly concerned about A/C).

Thanks in advance for any help!
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Old Mar 7, 17, 1:36 am
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I'm pretty sure these are the Alvia trains on this route.

http://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/nue...lvia_s120.html
http://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/nue...lvia_s130.html
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Old Mar 7, 17, 6:54 pm
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The Alvia trains are high-speed on the high-speed part of the line, but then go through a gauge changer and continue on an iberian-gauge conventional line to non-HS destinations.

The rolling stock is different, it will run at max. 250 km/h instead of 300 km/h (hence the time difference), but other than that it'll be no different for you.
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Old Mar 8, 17, 1:29 am
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Originally Posted by Palal View Post
The Alvia trains are high-speed on the high-speed part of the line, but then go through a gauge changer and continue on an iberian-gauge conventional line to non-HS destinations.

The rolling stock is different, it will run at max. 250 km/h instead of 300 km/h (hence the time difference), but other than that it'll be no different for you.
For the real anoraks amongst us here is a video of the gauge-changing process
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Old Mar 8, 17, 11:57 am
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Thanks for the responses! Some AVE tickets actually ended up appearing for a more desirable time so I ended up buying those, but this is very helpful for future reference.
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