Alvia (120) (Spain)

Welcome to our guide to taking Alvia (120) train services within Spain.

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These Alvia train services share the high speed lines with AVE trains, but then branch off, or continue beyond the end of the high speed lines, in order to reach their final destinations.

Routes taken by these Alvia (120) trains:

(i) Madrid Chamartin - Valladolid - Leon - Oviedo - Gijon (some departures)
(ii) Madrid Chamartin - Valladolid - Santander  (some departures)
(iii) Madrid Chamartin - Valladolid - Burgos - Vittoria - Bilbao
(iv) Madrid Chamartin - Zamora - Ourense - Vittoria - San Sebastian - Irun - Hendaye
(v) Madrid Chamartin - Salamanca
(vi) Madrid Atocha - Pamplona
(vii) Barcelona - Zaragoza - Bilbao
(viii) Barcelona - Zaragoza - Pamplona - San Sebastian - Irun

Different trains operate other Alvia services:


Seats will automatically be assigned when booking tickets for journeys by Alvia trains

Rail pass users will need to have made reservations prior to boarding.
Info on how to book these rail pass reservations is available HERE on our Spanish train tickets and passes guide.

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A key difference with AVE trains is that there is NO at seat catering service in Preferente (1st) class on these Alvia train services

A bar car is available to all passengers where drinks, snacks, sandwiches and hot food etc can be purchased, you can consume these at the tables in the bar car or take them back to your seat.

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On Board:

These trains are not equipped with Wi-fi or power sockets,
Though they do have an entertainment system, films are shown on screens fitted to the roofs of the coaches.
You don't get to choose the film you will see and all of the films will of course be in Spanish.

Service information announcements will be made in Spanish and English.

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The Coche (coach/carriage) and Plaza (seat numbers) will be on your ticket -  so check the plaza number before you step on to the train.

Each coach/carriage only has one door on each side on each side of the train.
The coach/carriage numbers will be on an electronic info panel beside the door.

An unusual features of these trains are that the doors are in the middle of the coaches, so when you step on to the trains you will be turning to the left or right.
So pay attention to the signs by the doors which will tell you which seat numbers are to the left or to the right.

The luggage racks are by the entrance to the seating saloons, the only other luggage storage space is above the seats.
However, if you have a large or heavy bag you should make use of the racks by the doors.

The seat numbers are on a strip above the windows.
As all seats reserved there is nothing else to indicate which seats you should occupy, so be guided by the 'plaza' number on your ticket.

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Only folded bicycles can be taken on board Alvia trains as hand luggage, but they must be placed in a travel case, or bag which can have a maximum height/width of 180cm.

An intro to train travel in Spain

How to buy tickets for Spanish train journeys

International train routes to/from France

Travelling on European daytime trains

Travelling on European overnight trains

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Bistro (Hot Food)
Bar (Cold Food)
Double Deck
High Speed
First Class
Second Class

Rail passes and reservations

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