Malaga – Costa del Sol | The first private high-speed rail service should link Malaga and Madrid in early 2023
Iryo “red arrow” trains are the fastest and quietest in Europe and are currently being tested between the capital of the Costa del Sol and Cordoba
The first-ever private high-speed train between Malaga and Madrid is currently being tested between the Costa del Sol capital and Cordoba, and is due to enter service in early 2023. The bright red Frecciarossa trains (red arrow) will be operated by Ilsa, the company that holds one of only two private high-speed rail service concessions in the country – the other is Ouigo – and known as Iryo. They have a maximum speed of 360 km/h, although in Spain they cannot go over 300 km/h.
The company claims that these are the fastest and quietest high-speed trains in Europe. They are 200 meters long and can carry up to 460 passengers. Another service will also connect Barcelona, Seville and Valencia to Madrid.
There will be ten trains a day between Malaga and Madrid, departing early in the morning, but at this time no details have been given regarding the cost of fares. When the service comes into operation, it will end Renfe’s monopoly and also increase the possibilities of traveling between Malaga, Cordoba and Madrid.
Ouigo, the brand name of French state-owned rail company SNCF, which already operates a service between Madrid and Barcelona five times a day, also plans to introduce a route between Madrid and Malaga, but this has been delayed for technical reasons. Basically, Ouigo trains use a communication system that is not yet available on Spain’s oldest line, Madrid-Seville, and that means they cannot yet reach the Costa del Sol. The company is working on adapting its trains to start service as soon as possible, which could also be next year. It will use 14 double-decker Alstom Euroduplex trains that can carry 509 passengers.
Not only will these new services mean there will be more frequent trains between Malaga and the Spanish capital, but the cost is almost certain to be lower than traveling with Renfe. It’s bound to be a major attraction, as one of the biggest complaints regular users have of Renfe’s services is the cost of fares.