RAIL operator RENFE has announced the Almeria-Seville journey will be an hour quicker thanks to connections with the new Avant Granada trains.
A RENFE statement said there will be three daily services between Almeria and Seville with the new trains, which will start operating in Granada from Sunday February 16 onwards.
This new option of travelling on the high-speed line reduces the journey time from six hours and 45 minutes to five hours and 45 minutes; the high-speed trains can get up to a maximum speed of 250 km/h.
The train operator also promised that as well as a shorter journey time, passengers can expect more “comfort and connectivity” as the need for road transfers due to “infrastructure needs” will be eliminated. The only exception is the transfer between Huercal and Almeria to allow works to continue there.
RENFE said it was therefore restructuring the medium-distance service in Almeria in accordance with the August ministerial decree which approved the reorganisation of the Public Service Obligations in Andalucia.
From February 16 the current Almeria-Granada-Sevilla service will become Almeria-Granada, as set out in the decree, maintaining a daily offer of eight services (four in each direction), and with a change to the current timetable. Of these eight, six will link up in Granada to the new Avant trains to connect Almeria with Loja, Antequera-Santa Ana, Puente Genil-Herrera, Cordoba and Seville.
The other service will be combined, as it is now, with a conventional train and transfers by road on the Antequera-Granada and Pedrera-Osuna sections.
PROMISE: The rail operator said journeys will be speedier and more comfortable