After years of delays, the last stretch of the High Speed railway linking Barcelona and France is finally in service. There are now nine daily AVE fast-trains from Barcelona to Girona and Figueres, two of which will connect with the french TGV fast-trains to Paris, where Eurostar trains link to London and Brussels. Direct connections between Barcelona and France will still have to wait until April, as during the next three months passengers will have to switch trains at Figueres if they want to continue to Perpignan. AVE trains from Barcelona to Girona and Figueres will have journey times of 39 minutes and 55 minutes respectively and 10-journey tickets will be issued for daily passengers which mean that the rides will cost only €6.91 and €8.89, although they will be more expensive for occasional travellers.
This infrastructure arrives almost 21 years after the first High Speed Train line between Madrid and Seville was unveiled and after nearly 3000 kilometres of railroad has been constructed. Spain now has the world’s second largest rail network after China. Spain will finally be connected by High Speed Train to the rest of Europe whilst Catalunya’s four capitals – Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and Tarragona – are also linked between themselves.
High Speed Trains only arrived in Barcelona in 2008, but they could not go any further north until this week. The Spanish Government initially prioritised connecting Andalucia with Madrid, neglecting connections along the Mediterranean, the Atlantic coast and the Pyrenees. The High Speed Train between Barcelona and València will be operational in 2016.
Thanks to the new fast rail connections, journey times from Barcelona to European cities like Lyon and Geneva will less than 4 hours, which spells good news for property sales in the Costa Brava and Barcelona.
Director of Lucas Fox Costa Brava Tom Maidment is hopeful the housing market will be boosted by the new rail infrastructure:
“The AVE link between Girona and France has been much anticipated and I am certain that its arrival will signal an upsurge in demand for property in the Costa Brava. We have already seen an increase in the number of people looking for second homes in the Empordà region thanks to the existing connection from France via the AVE to Figueres and we have recently had a significant rise in interest from buyers living in Paris and London looking for property in the region with the arrival of the new fast train connections to Girona and Barcelona”
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