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Travelling on an Altaria train

Air-conditioned, spacious Altaria trains operated by Renfe provide long-distance rail services in Spain. Altaria trains are articulated and have therefore shorter carriages than usual. They are very flexible and can run on both high-speed and traditional lines.

Altaria trains nowadays frequent far fewer routes than just a few years ago. But they still serve a number of routes running south from Madrid to reach cities well beyond Spain’s high-speed network such as Cartagena, Murcia, Ronda and Algeciras.

Altaria trains offer two classes of seated accommodation: First Class and Standard Class. Luggage can be stored both overhead and in racks at the end of each carriage. As with all Spanish long-distance train services, a seat reservation is obligatory. Tickets and reservations will often be checked on the platform before boarding the train.

Seating and sleeping on Altaria

Feature Feature

Standard Class

In Standard Class (called Turista), seating is arranged in airline-style unidirectional seats that come in pairs, arranged across a central aisle. The open-plan carriages are airy and offer good legroom. The great majority of seats face in the direction of travel. All seats have footrests. Enjoy the on-board audio facilities at your seat.

Food and drink on Altaria


Café / Buffet

Every Altaria train carries a cafeteria or buffet car open to all passengers that offers hot and cold drinks, beer and wine during your journey. At lunch and dinner time hot meals can be ordered. Don’t expect fine dining; you’ll either take your snack back to your seat or enjoy it while standing at one of the bar tables in the buffet car.

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Passenger age requirements

Different countries have different classifications for "Child" and "Youth". That's why we ask you to enter the age of young passengers when you search.

Countries Children Youths
Belgium and Luxembourg 6 - 11 12 - 25
Eurostar 4 - 11 12 - 25
France* 4 - 11 12 - 25
Germany* 6 - 14 15 - 25
Italy 4 - 11 12 - 25
Netherlands (including Thalys) 4 - 11 12 - 25
Spain* 4 - 13 14 - 25
Switzerland 6 - 16 17 - 25
United Kingdom* 5 - 15 16 - 25
others 4 - 11 12 - 25

* There are some exceptions to these definitions. Please see child and youth passenger age requirements for more information.

You can also read about Youth and Senior discounts and railcards.

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