Castellón Station in Spain’s east coast is the latest addition to the country’s high-speed AVE network. Renfe inaugurated the new service between Madrid and Castellón de la Plana (Castellón for short) earlier this month with the Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, on board. The fastest journey on the new high-speed AVE train to Castellón takes just over 2 hours 30 minutes from Madrid Atocha.

There are four daily direct services in each direction between the two cities. However, only two of these are AVE services. The other two services are on Alvia and Intercity trains. And journey times are 3 hours 10 minutes and 3 hours 21 minutes respectively. In addition to these, you can also take a high-speed AVE train to Valencia from Madrid before transferring to one of the services to Castellón.

To Castellón and beyond

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Playa del Pinar at El Grao de Castellón | © Juan Emilio Prades Bel/Wikipedia Commons

Like Castellón Airport, Castellón Station is another gateway to the Costa Azahar (or Orange Blossom coast). But unlike the airport, the train station is actually located in Castellón’s city centre. From the station, you can take the tram to Grau, where you’ll find the marina and beaches of El Grao de Castellón in 30 minutes.

There is a good public transport network in Castellón but it doesn’t extend much beyond it. So for travel beyond the city to popular beach towns such as Peñicola, Alcossebre, Oropesa and Benicassim, you’re better off with a car hire.

Castellón car hire

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Coast of Alcossebre, near Castellon

Several suppliers are located either directly on-site or very near to the station. They include Avis-Budget, Enterprise-Alamo and Europcar. In addition to these, Goldcar and local company Malco Rent-a-Car have desks at Castellón Airport. Malco also have an office in Castellón’s city centre.

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