How to take a rail journey from Madrid to Zaragoza

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Madrid to Zaragoza by train

There have been recent major changes to journeys by train from Madrid to Zaragoza as travellers could already choose between three high speed train services; the standard AVE services and two more basic services - the avlo and Ouigo trains.

And now yet another operator, iryo, has joined route and its full service trains aim to offer a similar service level to the AVE services at a competitive price.

In contrast the core concept for the avlo and Ouigo services is that they offer fewer on board facilities (no bar car, no 1st class seating, no on board entertainment) and have less generous luggage allowances (see below), but have generally cheaper ticket prices than the AVE trains.

Compare the prices per departure carefully on your travel dates, all four services, AVE, avlo, iryo and Ouigo are available on both Trenes and Trainline.

There are also non-high speed services available, handy for users of Eurail and InterRail passes looking to avoid the rail pass reservation fees on AVE trains
Rail passes aren't valid on the avlo, iryo and Ouigo services.

Routes you can take to go from Madrid to Zaragoza

When travelling between most cities by train there is only one logical option, though on other journeys there is a choice between different trains or alternative routes. If different options are available you can use the info to decide which is best for you.

Choose one of the following options:
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Route Information

Option 1: taking the AVE trains operated by Renfe
Travel Time (approx)

1hr 15min - 1hr 25min



Travel Info

Monday to Friday = 11 x trains per day
Saturday and Sunday = 10 x trains per day

Route Information

Option 2: taking the iryo trains
Travel Time (approx)

1hr 15min



Travel Info

Monday to Thursday = 9 x trains per day
Friday = 10 x trains
Saturday and Sunday = 9 x trains per day

Route Information

Option 3: taking a Ouigo train:

Route Information

Option4: taking the avlo trains operated by Renfe

Route Information

Option 5: taking the Regional Express train
Travel Time (approx)

4hr 1min - 4hr 27min



Travel Info

Mon - Friday = 2 x trains per day

Sat/Sun = 1 x train

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