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France-Spain high speed
France-Spain high speed trains are ideal to visit main French and Spanish cities like Paris, Montpellier, Barcelona and Madrid.
In cooperation with the SNCF, the French national railway company, and RENFE, the Spanish national railway company, the France-Spain high speed trains link France and Spain. This international service is provided by high speed trains which are modern trains with a first class and second class service coupled with the presence of a multilingual staff on-board. Paris, the French capital and Madrid, the Spanish capital are both on the network. Moreover, many important French and Spanish cities are also connected: Montpellier, Toulouse, Marseille, Lyon, Barcelona or Figueres.
Popular journeys and travel durations
|Main routes||Travel time|
|Montpellier||Aix En Provence Tgv||01:16||AU$ 23|
|Nimes||Aix En Provence Tgv||00:48||AU$ 23|
|Perpignan||Aix En Provence Tgv||02:52||AU$ 60|
Booking and printing optionsBooking :
- France-Spain high speed tickets are open for booking 120 days ahead.
- Get the lowest prices by booking early and don’t wait until the last minute as cheaper seats sell the fastest.
- Opt for off-peak trains when you have to travel short notice. They are more affordable than morning and evening trains along with those running on holiday eves, Friday and Sunday afternoon.
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Seat reservation :
- Mandatory for this train! The seat reservation is included in the price of your ticket. Please note that seats are auto-allocated by train carriers. Depending on availabilities, carriers will ensure that all passengers of a same party are seated together. Seats can be swapped only once on-board.
- Pass holders . Book your seat reservation exclusively with Rail Europe.
Experience the service
Before you board
In Paris, the France-Spain high speed trains depart from Paris Gare de Lyon, whereas in Barcelona, the trains depart from Barcelona Sants. Both stations have international signposts.There are VIP lounges in the railway station of Girona, Madrid and Barcelona, in Spain. First class ticket holders have access to the VIP lounges. Please note that ticket control will take place before boarding in Spain, and on-board from France. Make sure your train tickets are validated.
|First class||Second class|
|Reclining seats Cosy with more legroom, reclining seats are ideal to enjoy the trip. small>|
|Lounges at station in Spain Get the ultimate treat before any trip, or simply an ideal place to continue working. small>|
|Bar buffet car Access to the bar buffet car where snacks and beverages can be bought. small>|
|Comfortable seats Spacious seats with a headrest and generous legroom. small>|
|Power sockets Ideal to plug your laptop, phone or any electronic device from your seat. small>|
|Audio system* Listen to your favourite tune while enjoying the passing landscape. small>|
|Video screens* Ideal for entertainment, some coaches are equipped with screens. small>|
*only on the Lyon-Barcelona, Marseille-Barcelona-Madrid, and Toulouse-Barcelona routes.
Aside from major cities like Paris, Barcelona or Madrid, which can be visited with the France-Spain high speed trains, other regions are easily accessible. Indeed the train is ideal to discover the Alps, the Provence region and the Midi-Pyréenées.
The Provence region is accessible through the cities of Marseille, Avignon and Aix en Provence. Discover the gentle hills planted with vineyards and fields of lavender form the landscapes that captivated Cézanne, Van Gogh and Chagall. Provence is the ideal place to lose yourself among Roman remains and iconic cities such as Marseille.
The Costa Brava region is made up of over 200 km of coastline. Discover Figueras, birthplace of Salvador Dalí, the genius surrealist painter.
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- A. There is no Senior fare available for Italo trains. However children aged from 4 to 14 have a 25% discount on the full adult fare. As for children under 3 years old, they can travel for free if they do not require any seat.
- A. The following trains require reservations: Eurostar, Thalys, Lyria, all TGV's, AVE, TGV France-Italy, Renfe, Trenitalia, Riveria, Swedish trains, City Night Line, DB (German) night trains, Elipsos, and the Paris-Germany night train. To check if the train you are looking at is on of these trains you just need to look at the details on the fare results to see the type of train in the title. The Swiss Scenic trains and some of the German ICE trains will also need reservations. These are route and time specific.
- A. There is no check in or customs procedures for Italo trains. However ticket control or ID checks can occur randomly on board. Make sure to have your travel documents with you at all times.
- A. When travelling with Thalys, you can carry a maximum of two suitcases per paying passenger (the largest side must be equal to 85 centimetres) and one item of hand luggage.
- A. The following items of luggage are accepted at no extra cost on TGV trains and must be stored in the racks provided: hand luggage (suitcases, travel bags, rucksacks); skis in a bag; children’s prams; dismantled bikes in a bag; portable wakeboards in a bag. Also remember that on all French trains, including TGV, it is mandatory to place a tag on each piece of luggage identifying the traveller.
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Reviews & ratings
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"Add ons"Usha m.
On board wifi access availability would make it even better. Announcements in English for international travellers would be an added advantage. Value for money Convenience
"On Time"David s. 29/11/2014
Again the train service was very efficent and reliable. It certainly is a comfortable and pleasant way to travel. Value for money Convenience
"So easy"Valerie s. 12/11/2014
We booked online and everything worked perfectly. Such a comfortable, easy way to get from Avignon to Girona. Value for money Convenience
"Great service"William a. 06/11/2014
Considering the time taken to get to an airport, be there for gates earlier than is convenient to anyone and the hassle of checking in etc; the alternative of train travel was very appealing. It was a great way to see the French countryside at a cost that was comparable to air travel. The check in at Barcelona Sants was without hassle. We bought first class so the use of the lounge was a great benefit. If you are travelling with cases it's a pain getting them to the upstairs carraige however! Value for money Convenience
"TGV is much better than plane"Anthony r. 28/10/2014
Thoroughly enjoyed the experience of traveling by high speed train (TGV) from Paris to Barcelona. The train was clean, comfortable, very quiet, the large club seats are much more comfortable than poky airline seats Value for money Convenience
"More comfortable than flying"Anthony r. 28/10/2014
Thoroughly enjoyed the experience of traveling by high speed train (TGV) from Barcelona to Paris. The train was clean, comfortable, very quiet, the large club seats are much more comfortable than tiny airline seats Value for money Convenience
"Travel Comfortably"Marian w. 22/10/2014
It's easy. comfortable and gives you the opportunity of seeing some countryside that you wouldn't see from far up in a plane. Enjoyed it immensely. Value for money Convenience
"Amboise to Toulouse"Geraldine Anne p. 20/10/2014
Excellent, a wonderful way of seeing the countryside A big thank you a staff member at Austerlitz who helped us with our Toulouse to Barcelona ticketing when we couldn't find our booking reference Value for money Convenience
"Easy booking but train issues"Dean c. 18/10/2014
Really easy to book, reserved seats etc. But there were technical issues with the train in Spain, so we had to squeeze on to another train to make it. Value for money Convenience
"Easy Travel"Murray y. 07/10/2014
It was just so easy to travel from Narbonne to Paris on the GTV. Very comfortable and just so much quicker and easier than driving. Food is available on board, although rather a basic range. The only issue with the GTV trains is that the luggage racks are usually not large enough for all the cases. Carrying cases up stairs to the upper level of the carriage is too difficult for many older people. We also had an issue with our printed ticket off the internet, in that there was over printing and the carriage number could not be read and we needed to get assistance from station personnel. Several other people had the same problem. Value for money Convenience
"Good trip"Judy p. 06/10/2014
The trains in France are not as smooth as the Renfe trains. The station of Montpellier could really do with lots more seating considering it is a major train station where many passengers change trains and waiting times between trains can be considerably long. The train seats were comfortable. The Renfe train was very comfortable and even has a movie to watch. Value for money Convenience
"TGV Sud Est 6820"Vittorina o. 04/10/2014
We had a comfort trip but there was no food or drinks available until we reached Lyon. We enjoyed our train travel and we would definitely book with rail europe again. Value for money Convenience
"Lyon"Jane b. 03/10/2014
Train was very late due to delays with works on the track. Value for money Convenience
"At speed"Anne b. 02/10/2014
It has been a very long time since I last travelled by train in Europe. I was certainly impressed with how quick the trip is and enjoyed the comfort and cleanliness of the train. Looking forward to further train travel in the future. Value for money Convenience
"Nothing First Class"Alice c. 29/09/2014
We travelled First Class.The train was two levels - meaning heavy luggage had to be carried up very tight and awkward stairs if you were seated on the upper level - which I had no idea about this when making the booking. I didn't see mention that there may be stairs. Every toilet in 4 carriages (with the exception of the disabled toilet) had NO toilet paper. I informed the staff that it had run out and they did nothing about it. On such a long trip for there to be no toilet paper after less than an hours travel in all toilets visited was a little unacceptable. The buffet car had stools which was great and the food options were nice. The actual chairs were comfortable. The lack of the ability to check your luggage through was a challenge when you had luggage upstairs and you had to disembark and change trains in 20 mins. It would have been good to have been able to check through our luggage to Madrid. Value for money Convenience