How to get to Asturias by AVE

How to get to Asturias by AVE

Schedules, routes, information of interest...

Updated on 18 December 2023

Schedules, routes, information of interest...

The Principality is no longer far from Madrid. Crossing the Cantabrian mountain range at more than 200 kilometers per hour represents a great reduction in time. Five hours are no longer spent, not even four... just three.

Furthermore, the 50 kilometer variant that separates La Robla (León) and Pola de Lena (Asturias) is the most complex railway project that has been undertaken in Spain. The Pajares base tunnel, almost 25 kilometers long, is already the longest tunnel in Spain and one of the largest in the world. It runs at a depth of 1000 meters and turns the trip into a unique experience.

Latitude: 43.3663406 Length: -5.8548064
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Every day there four Madrid-Asturias Birds in both directions, except on Sundays when only three leave from Madrid. On Fridays, direction Madrid-Asturias, there is an extra trip (five in total).

The first train departure in both directions is around 6:30, which will allow travelers from Asturias to arrive in Chamartín at 10:15, and those leaving the capital to arrive at 10:22 at Gijón station or at 9:54 to Oviedo.

AVE schedules Gijón-> Oviedo-> Madrid

· Monday to Friday: 06:28 hours.
· Monday to Sunday: 11:05 a.m. / 15:30 p.m. / 19:27 p.m.
· Saturdays: 08:25 hours.
· Sundays: 17:19 p.m.

AVE schedules Madrid-> Oviedo -> Gijón

· Monday to Friday: 06:36 hours.
· Monday to Sunday: 10:24 a.m. / 14:52 p.m. / 18:35 p.m.
· Friday: 17:20 p.m.

How to get to Asturias by AVE

How much does the AVE ticket to Asturias cost?

The cost of the trip is subject to the market, according to occupations and requested schedules. The price of each ticket is around 40-60 euros each way (80-120 euros round trip), although in some cases they rise up to €94 due to excess demand (188 euros round trip).
In the first quarter of 2024, the company will launch advertising campaigns Super prices.

By buying your tickets in advance you will find the cheapest prices, and you can also benefit from special discounts for children, young people, seniors, large families and more. Children between 4 and 13 years old have a 40% discount on the base fare on all trains.

Children children under 4 years old travel free without occupying a seat.

If you buy your tickets at the stations, prices increase by 5,5% due to administration costs. So it is best that you hire it online from here.

What are the stops on the AVE to Asturias?

  • Madrid-Chamartín.
  • Segovia-Guiomar.
  • Valladolid.
  • Palencia.
  • León.
  • Lena's pola.
  • Mieres.
  • Oviedo.
  • Gijon.

In 2024 the route will be extended to the city of Avilés.

AVE travel times Madrid-> Oviedo -> Gijón

The approximate travel time is 3:21 hours for the Madrid-Oviedo route, and  3:47 hours from Madrid-Gijón.

In the first quarter of 2024 It is planned that Talgo will transfer the new Avril (High Speed ​​Independent Light Wheel) trains to Renfe, which would reduce the time below 3 hours since the convoy will reach 330 kilometers per hour.

End of the journey, itineraries through Asturias

The Oviedo and Gijón stations are open from 05:00 a.m., are perfectly adapted to people with reduced mobility, and have multiple services, a shopping area, car rental, taxi ranks and bus connections.

The ALSA bus company, well established in Asturias given that it was its community of origin, offers regular itineraries throughout the Asturian geography. You can check all the routes here.

In addition to the destination cities themselves, which will welcome you with a wide range of services and cultural attractions, Below we propose some places of interest that can help you start planning your trip. within the Principality of Asturias, a community that, even if a hundred lives are lived, it is impossible to know completely.

Happy journey!

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