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iryo is the new brand from railway operator ILSA, which began operating services in Spain on the 25th of November 2022. Unlike their competitors (AVE, Avlo, and OUIGO Spain), iryo trains offer a premium service on board. These new trains take 2 hours and 30 minutes to travel between Madrid and Barcelona. They depart from Madrid Atocha and Barcelona Sants stations, and stop in Zaragoza along the way.
At first, iryo’s services will connect Madrid, Zaragoza and Barcelona. They are also expected to run between Madrid, Cuenca, Valencia/Alicante from 16th December 2022 and between Madrid, Córdoba, Seville and Málaga from 31st March 2023.
Here’s what you need to know about the new iryo services:
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From 31st March 2023
Fastest journey time: 1h 40m
Distance: 242 miles (303 km)
Changes: Direct trains
From 31st March 2023
Fastest journey time: 2h 26m
Distance: 258 miles (416 km)
Changes: Direct trains
iryo's new Frecciarossa trains are modern, can reach speeds of 223 mph (360 km/h), and are known for their use of state-of-the-art eco-friendly technology.
These modern trains stand out for their comfort, speed, and minimal environmental impact. There's no need to fly between cities – just book your tickets, jump on board and relax as you take in the scenery as it whisks past your window.
iryo’s Frecciarossa trains have different classes, all of which come with free unlimited WiFi, power sockets, toilets and an onboard entertainment portal where you can watch films and TV series. These classes are:
Find out more about Frecciarossa trains.
There are three types of train tickets available across the majority of Spain’s rail network – ‘Promo’, ‘Promo+’ and ‘Flexible’. When travelling on Renfe or AVE trains, you should try and book a ‘Promo’ ticket as far in advance as possible, as this will be your cheapest option! Check out the details in-depth on our cheap train tickets in Spain page.
Once you buy your train ticket with us you will receive a confirmation email with the details of your trip and ticket as a PDF. You can choose to print your ticket before you travel but showing your eTicket on a smart device is perfectly normal in Spain.
These are some of the Spanish stations that iryo call at in 2022:
Madrid Atocha is the busiest station in Spain and one of the top ten busiest stations in Europe.
Complete with a tropical garden in the old train shed, Madrid Atocha (officially Madrid Puerta de Atocha) is an attraction itself. There are 24 platforms in total, with 15 high-speed platforms (for AVE and OUIGO trains). As well as high-speed connections, you can catch Cercanías suburban rail services from the platforms below ground. These platforms are technically part of a separate station, Madrid Atocha-Cercanías, but in principle, they are part of Atocha station.
Find out more about Madrid Atocha station.
Barcelona Sants is one of Renfe’s main stations, connecting the Catalonian capital to the rest of Spain and parts of France.
Owned by ADIF, Barcelona Sants station is the second-busiest station in Spain after Madrid Atocha – seeing over 43 million passengers pass through its gates in 2017. The station is located in Barcelona’s Sants neighbourhood, after which it is named.
There are 14 platforms located beneath street level. Platforms 1-6 are for high-speed trains, such as AVE, TGV, and OUIGO services. Platforms 7-14 are for Rodiales suburban rail services and medium-distance Talgo and Euromed trains.
Find out more about Barcelona Sants station.
Zaragoza train station (also called Zaragoza-Delicias) opened in 2003, followed by a new bus station in 2007. The large contemporary building features a sleek design with futuristic and artistic elements. Located in the northwest of the city, the station is one of the busiest in Spain.
Find out more about Zaragoza station.
Valencia Joaquín Sorolla train station is a modern railway complex located in the city centre, with good transport connections to the whole of Valencia. It was built specifically to connect the capital of Turia via the Long Distance and High-Speed AVE train services to Madrid (it takes just over 1 hour 30 minutes) or Seville (it takes about 4 hours).
Find out more about Valencia Joaquín Sorolla station.
iryo are currently running their high-speed services on the route between Madrid, Zaragoza and Barcelona. They will also run between Valencia and Alicante from 16th December 2022 and between Seville and Málaga from 31st March 2023.
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Ticket prices depend on different factors, including destination and departure date. We recommend you check our price calendar if you want to snap up the cheapest fares.