OUIGO will soon head across the Pyrenees and arrive in Spain. On 15 March 2021, we’ll begin offering five daily return journeys between Barcelona and Madrid, adding to the list of 41 French stations already covered by our low-cost, high-speed rail service.
The new SNCF offer, unveiled on 22 September by Voyages SNCF Managing Director Alain Krakovitch and OUIGO Spain Managing Director Hélène Valenzuela, also serves the cities of Zaragoza and Tarragona. The first tickets will be available in coming weeks.
daily return journeys between Barcelona and Madrid
Comfortable trains—and new destinations on the horizon
The first high-speed trains to link Spain’s top two cities will be double-decker models made by Alstom. Though they bear the same name as the pink and blue OUIGO trains in France, we’ve adapted them for Spanish travellers, with 1,018 seats (versus 1,268 in France) and a different range of services, including OUIBAR.
SNCF will continue expanding OUIGO in Spain over the next few months, with new service to Valencia, Alicante, Cordova, Seville and Malaga.
The infographic shows a map of Spain with future OUIGO lines. The line between Barcelona and Madrid, with service to Tarragona and Zaragoza, opens on 15 March 2021. It’s shown as a pink line connecting the cities it will serve. Future OUIGO destinations in Spain, set to open later, are shown as dotted pink lines. These are Valencia, Alicante, Cordova, Seville and Malaga.
Over the past seven years, OUIGO has shown that low-cost rail is a winning proposition in France. Now we’re offering the Spanish market the same promise—affordable high-speed rail for all.
“The quality of the Spanish network and the configuration of our trains make this a particularly good match,” says Alain Krakovitch. “When this new service is added, we’ll be offering up to 30,000 seats a day—and it’s an eco-friendly way to travel. When you take one of our high-speed trains, you generate only 1.25% of the CO2 from the same journey by plane, and only 2% of the CO2 from the same journey by car.”
1 From testimony before the French Senate by Jean-Pierre Farandou, SNCF Chairman and CEO, on 15 April 2020.