Renfe has launched from this Friday a promotion of more than 100,000 bills of AVE and Long Distance at 15 euros each, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the birth of the first AVE between Madrid and Seville, which was put into circulation on April 21, 1992.
The tickets of this promotion, which will be on sale on April 22, 23 and 24, are for travel in the three summer months, between July 1 and September 30 in all national destinations. As this newspaper has been able to verify, users who enter the Renfe website (www.renfe.com) to buy promotional tickets will not be able to do so immediately. After selecting a destination and date, the notice “You are on the waiting list” pops up, indicating that the customer “is in line” to buy the tickets and when it is his turn “he will have 20 minutes” to make the buy. At the time of trying to carry out the operation, at 9 in the morning, the waiting time was one hour with 32,000 people in front.
In the purchase of tickets, the series complements of the Basic option will be allowed: Changes and cancellations of Choose level, Changes and Cancellations of Premium level, Seat selection, Bicycle and Pet.
Since the first AVE came into circulation 30 years ago, Renfe has transported more than 464 million passengers on its high-speed trains. That April 21, 1992, which went down in the history of transport in Spain, the AVE began to circulate with a fleet of 18 trains that traveled at 300 kilometers per hour along a line 471 kilometers long, which crossed five cities.
Thirty years later, Renfe currently has a fleet of 229 trains that run over 3,726 kilometers of high-speed rail on 13 lines passing through 57 cities. In this way, more than 70% of the Spanish population has Renfe high-speed services, and the AVE has become a world reference.