The Avant train is for shorter distances than the AVE, which is for long distances. The cars look exactly alike.
'Can someone tell me what the difference between the different trains?' - As above, very little or nothing at all. If you delve into the RENFE website there should be photos under 'Our Trains', I think. Save yourself the price of a round of drinks and spend minutes extra on the cheaper journey.
The ALARIS is a long distance train that runs from Cadiz to Madrid and is slower than the AVE and AVANT nevertheless quite a comfortable long distance train.
Then there is on this line an ALVIA train which is the smart train running from Cadiz to Madrid with a front end looking like a duck billed platypus. But this is the most expensive for this particular routing so discard it.
This MD train affords good value and are very neat and modern trains. You need to have seat reservations just like the others mentioned. In other words you buy a seat either on the day of travelling or in advance. I think with the MD between Seville and Cordoba you can just buy tickets on the day of travel without any worries of it being full up but you need to consult the timetables for best train. The MD and Alaris take about one hour and 20 minutes which is about say 35 minutes longer than travelling by AVE and AVANT.
The MD fare is about €13 one way as compared to the normal AVE fare of around €33 and the AVANT €19.
So if in a hurry and find the AVANT times suitable then this is ideal for this route. If you have the time and don''t mind dawdling on the way then the cheaper MD is great.Edited: 25 August 2012, 09:06
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