Riding Europe's high-speed trains
Europe’s high-speed rail network continues to grow—a boon for travelers looking for convenience and affordability. Spain is at the forefront, with 900 miles of track and plans for 5,300 more by 2020. The latest Renfe (renfe.es) route: a Madrid-to-Barcelona service that launched last winter, departing 17 to 26 times a day and cutting travel time from six hours to two and a half. The first high-speed connection between Figueres, Spain, and Perpignan, France, as well as the first leg of one between Madrid and Lisbon, is scheduled to begin in 2010. Meanwhile, Italy’s Trenitalia (trenitalia.it) recently introduced service between Milan and Naples, shortening the journey from eight and a half hours to four. To buy tickets, visit raileurope.com, where we found one-way fares from Madrid to Barcelona for $169, and from Milan to Naples for $122.