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Prices explained

Prices explained

At Loco2 we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Loco2 searches to estimate the cheapest fares you should be able to find for your journey.

The cheapest price is the lowest fare we've ever found for this journey. These prices can usually be found by searching when booking opens but they vary due to availability, which depends on factors like the day of the week or time of year.

More popular journeys include 30 day advance and 7 day advance prices. These are updated every two weeks using prices we've found by searching exactly 7 or 30 days from the most recent Thursday (we picked Thursday because this is when average prices are usually found).

30 day and 7 day prices fluctuate based on demand and availability at the time of search. For example, the 7-day price in summer is likely to be more expensive than the same journey in winter.

Prices are sourced in GBP and converted to other currencies using the daily market exchange rate.

We're always seeking to improve how price-checking works, and we welcome feedback on how we can make it better.

More advice about how to find the cheapest tickets can be found in our infographic.

  1. Cheapest price £17.50
  2. 30 day advance £38.00
  3. 7 day advance £58.50
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    2hr 9m
  1. Taking the train from Madrid to Alicante is by far the best option for travelling between these two cities. Seven to 10 direct AVE or Alvia trains travel this route every day and the fastest services take just over 2 hrs. Both AVE and Alvia are very comfortable high-speed trains run by Spanish rail operator RENFE.

    The journey takes in beautiful Spanish landscapes, crossing a region tourists don't often visit. The final part of the journey, from Albacete to Alicante, is along the high-speed line opened in summer 2013.

    Note that not all trains to Alicante are always released at the same time. RENFE tickets are released in batches, and often the cheapest tickets are available 120 days or more in advance. If you’re having trouble finding tickets contact us and we’ll email you as soon as booking opens.


    Madrid to Alacant-Terminal

    All trains from Madrid to Alicante serve Atocha station in Madrid. On most days, there is also an afternoon train from Madrid Chamartin to Alicante (which then stops at Atocha 25 mins after leaving Chamartin). Between Madrid Atocha and Alicante all trains stop at least once. You’ll arrive in Alicante at a station called Alacant Terminal in the local Valencian dialect, but still shown on many maps as the Estación de Madrid.

    While the fastest trains on this route take little more than 2 hrs, some slower services take closer to three hours. The AVE trains are faster than the Alvia trains running from Madrid to Alicante.

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and rail operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.

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