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Extra high-speed trains on track for summer traffic boost between Malaga and Madrid

Passengers at the María Zambrano railway station in Malaga.
Passengers at the María Zambrano railway station in Malaga. / ÑITO SALAS
  • Renfe will increase the number of AVE services, starting 19 July, to cope with the anticipated demand during the holiday period

An anticipicated increase in the number of holidaymakers during the summer period has forced Spain's national train operator, Renfe, to increase the number of high-speed train connections between Malaga and Madrid.

From Monday (19 July), two more AVE trains will be added to the existing timetable and then, from the following Monday, another two will come into operation.

In the first phase two trains will enter service, one in each direction, with departures from Madrid’s Atocha station at 10.30am from Monday to Saturday and from Malaga’s María Zambrano terminal at 3pm every dat of the week, except Saturday. This new service will continue to operate until Sunday, 5 September.

During the second phase, which will begin 26 July and run until 31 August, Renfe will extend the number of days two trains to Madrid will operate to cope with seasonal demand. Therefore, the AVE high-speed train that leaves Malaga at 8pm, which currently runs on Fridays and Sundays, will also operate from Monday to Thursday. In addition, the current Malaga to Madrid service at 8.10am, which presently operates from Monday to Thursday, will also do so on Fridays during the period.

In addition, Renfe said that "like every summer, the first AVE leaving Malaga at 6.30 am will stop operating between 24 July and 31 August, and resume again from 1 September".

Therefore, the number of high-speed connections between Spain's capital and the Costa del Sol during the month of August will increase to 22 on a weekday, 15 on Saturdays and 19 on Sundays.