Alicante to Malaga. Does it have to be via Madrid?

I wanted to travel from Alicante to Malaga on a senior rail card.I had one two year ago which I purchased in Barcelona when travelling back to Valencia. I was told of this by the ticket office can I obtain same type of pass for my intended journey and must it be via Madrid
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) October 24, 2017 16:14
    Hi Robert,

    I'm sorry, however, we do not offer a 'senior rail card'.

    From Alicante to Malaga, I'd say going through Madrid might be the most common way, but there actually are a few other feasible options for this route.

    The first taking just over 7 hours in duration and involving 3 train changes along the way; once in Albacete, once in Ciudad Real and then once in Cordoba.

    Otherwise, there is an option taking just under 8 hours in duration and involving 3 train changes along the way; once in Albacete, once in Manzanares, and then once in Ciudad Real.

    Lastly, if you don't mind arriving into Malaga very late, there is an option taking about 6.5 hours in duration and involving changing trains only once in Ciudad Real along the way.

    You would purchase tickets by searching a route under 'Find Train Tickets' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com. For connections such as these, you would just have to piece together your search segment-by-segment. Generally, trains in Spain can be booked within 60-90 days in advance of a departure.

    Alicante to Malaga with train changes in Albacete, Ciudad Real, and Cordoba

    With regard to the 1st option, you would do one search for trains from Alicante to Albacete, another search for connecting trains from Albacete to Ciudad Real, another search for connecting trains from Ciudad Real to Cordoba, and then another search for connecting trains from Cordoba to Malaga.

    From Alicante to Albacete, you would be taking an Alvia high-speed train. From Albacete to Ciudad Real, you would be taking an MD (Media Distancia) train. From Ciudad Real to Cordoba, you would be taking an Alvia high-speed train. From Cordoba to Malaga, you would be taking an AVE high-speed train.

    Alicante to Malaga with train changes in Albacete, Manzanares, and Ciudad Real

    With regard to the 2nd option, you would do one search for trains from Alicante to Albacete, another search for connecting trains from Albacete to Manzanares, another search for connecting trains from Manzanares to Ciudad Real, and another search for connecting trains from Ciudad Real to Malaga.

    From Alicante to Albacete, you would be taking an AVE high-speed train. From Albacete to Manzanares, you would be taking a Talgo train. From Manzanares to Ciudad Real, you would be taking an MD (Media Distancia) train. From Ciudad Real to Malaga, you would be taking an AVE high-speed train.

    Alicante to Madrid with only one train change in Ciudad Real

    The direct train from Alicante to Ciudad Real is an MD (Media Distancia) train. The late from Ciudad Real to Malaga is an AVE high-speed train.

    Tickets for the MD train from Alicante to Ciudad Real can be purchased via searching the route on our website; however, tickets for the late AVE from Ciudad Real to Malaga are currently only able to be purchased by calling us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT on Saturdays.
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