More about the AVE Ciudad Real
You can arrive to Ciudad Real from different locations through the AVE, for example from Madrid, one of the busiest lines. From Madrid it takes about 59 minutes on average to reach this beautiful and interesting city in the autonomous community of Castilla - La Mancha. The station in Ciudad Real is known as Ciudad Real - Central and it was inaugurated and started operating in 1992 with the high speed line Madrid - Sevilla.
This new station replaced the previous one that had been constructed in 1880 and belonged to the company of the Railroads of Madrid to Saragossa and Alicante (MZA). In 1861, the railroad arrived in Ciudad Real. The first stretch that opened was Almagro - Ciudad Real. MZA first built a provisional station and later, in 1880, the networks were expanded and the building was replaced by a two-storey and rectangular floor whose facades were of brick and the decks were of slate.
In 1991, new railway facilities began to be built. The reason was that they wanted to give service to what would be the first high speed line in Spain, the route Madrid - Sevilla. It was in 1992 when its construction was completed.
The station is extensive and formed by three heights. First we find a triangular body and two side annexes. The lobby is very large with a pyramid shape in which you will find all kinds of services. Points of sale and exchange of tickets, information points, cafes and restaurants, etc. Outside you have a taxi rank and city buses as well as a parking area. The platforms and tracks are in an elevated area and you can access them by stairs, escalators or lift. It has three tracks of Iberian gauge and four tracks of international gauge. The station offers Long Distance and Medium Distance services.