No direct trains to Barcelona from Almeria

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THE train connecting Almeria to Barcelona has ceased to run.

For years it had been rumoured that this would happen, but the train which had been running for more than 20 years and had carried many Almeria residents to Cataluña to seek work is now part of the province’s history.

It was known as “the slowest train in Spain” taking 13 hours to connect to Barcelona, making it quicker to go by bus, but at least it was direct.

Now, Renfe suggests that passengers change trains in Linares, Jaen, and guarantee that if one of the trains is late, the other will wait for its arrival.

If the trains aren’t late, passengers from Almeria descending in Linares will have to wait for an hour for their connection.

There is also no nighttime connection to Barcelona as there is from Sevilla, Cordoba and Malaga with the AVE which covers the journey in six hours, or the Jaen and Granada night trains.

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