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Making history: Inside the success of OUIGO España (video)

On 10 May, SNCF made history as OUIGO España trains began running between Madrid and Barcelona. This video miniseries takes you behind the scenes as our teams prepare for the successful launch of our first high-speed rail business outside France.

3-minute read

As the high-speed passenger rail market opened up to competition, SNCF made plans to launch a new offer in Spain, spearheaded by Voyages SNCF’s Europe and International Development Division. On 10 May 2021—less than 2 years after the project began—our OUIGO España subsidiary began running trains between Madrid and Barcelona.

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  • 90 %

    train occupancy rate in the 2 months following the launch

  • 5

    daily return journeys between Madrid and Barcelona

  • 90% satisfaction rate reported by OUIGO España passengers

  • 250

    SNCF employees worked on the launch of OUIGO España

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Over 250 employees rise to the challenge

Despite the challenges presented the Covid-19 pandemic, OUIGO España was launched in record time, thanks to the world-class expertise and hard work of more than 250 SNCF employees.

In our 6-part miniseries, you’ll see how they did it. Follow our team as they test and rebrand trains, then transport them to Madrid from our Bischheim Technicentre. Learn how OUIGO drivers are trained. And watch what happens when the first tickets go on sale.