France-Spain high speed
- Barcelona - Montpellier: 02:55
- Book up to 120 days in advance
- High speed trains
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|
|Aix En Provence Tgv||Perpignan||02:39||AU$ 63|
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.
Printing option(s) :
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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.First class ticket holders have access to the VIP lounges, which can be found in all Spanish train stations, except for Figueres. 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.
Destinations that can be reached with the France Spain High Speed include Paris, Barcelona, Lyon, Madrid, Toulouse, Marseille, Girona, Montpellier, Figueres, Carcassonne, Avignon, Perpignan, Narbonne, Valence, Nîmes, Béziers, Aix-en-Provence, Agde, Sète, Zaragoza and Tarragona.
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- A. Thalys trains offer two classes of travel: 1st class with Comfort 1 and 2nd class with Comfort 2. In Comfort 1, reclining seats will offer you a high level of comfort. Sockets for laptop or mobile phone are also available on some carriages as well as free newspapers on major routes. Wi-Fi is free in Thalys Comfort 1 and in 2nd class with flexible tickets. In 2nd class (Comfort 2), you will get access to a bar-buffet car offering food and refreshments for purchase. Wi-Fi is available at an additional cost in second class for more restrictive tickets.
- A. Gatwick and Heathrow Express trains run every 15 minutes.
Q. There is also a train connection from Munich to Prague, can I use these trains to travel to Prague with the coupon?A. No, the German Rail Pass Extension is only valid on the DB Expressbus between Munich/Nuremberg and Prague.
- A. A saver pass is a discount rate for a group of 2-5 passengers traveling together at all times. All names will be printed on a single pass, therefore passengers will not be able to travel independently.
- A. Many passes offer travel days that are flexible. The 4 days of travel allow the traveler to choose the days that they want to travel in a 2 month time period. Example: If a pass is valid from July 1 to August 31. The traveler can then select 4 dates to travel on the train from July 1 to August 31. The days can be consecutive or non consecutive.
- A. No. A ticket allows you to board the train, but does not guarantee you a seat. You must make a seat reservation to have a guaranteed seat on the train. NOTE: On certain trains tickets and reservations are sold together as one ticket.
- A. Reservation is compulsory on TGV and if you are a pass holder, you still need to buy a TGV ticket. Among the passes available on TGV, you’ll be able to choose between Eurail Global, Eurail Select Pass or Eurail two country pass including France. France Rail Pass and France Rail Pass Premium are also among the possible options and offer last minute Easy Access reservations.
- A. Some passes may be purchased in Europe at a higher cost. It is best to place your order before you departure to ensure that you have your paper documents in hand.
- A. A travel day is any travel between 12 midnight on one day to 12 midnight of the following day (i.e. a 24-hour period). On each travel day, you can take as many trains or participating ferries as you wish.
- A. The BritRail Family Pass allows one child between the ages of 5 and 15 to travel free with an adult or senior BritRail Pass holder.
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Reviews & ratings France-Spain high speed
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- "Barcelona to Toulouse" Roderick w. 16/10/2016
Train was on time but the first class ticket did not represent value. The seats in the carriage were not very comfortable and the luggage area was full yet the carriage was only half occupied. Still a very good service. Value for money Convenience
- "El Toro train." Richard k. 11/10/2016
This train ride was perfect. It was comfortable, quiet and efficient. It was our first time and this experience with this train will not be the last.It was a pleasure and certainly needs to be advertised to all people as a very good way of traveling. Value for money Convenience
- "1st Europe trip and tgv trip" Jason m. 05/10/2016
No complaints Value for money Convenience
- "A great way to travel" Michael n. 02/10/2016
The train trip was comfortable, relaxing and very good value. The train was clean and the staff friendly and efficient. We arrived at our destination in a calm state and we were able to walk to our hotel from the station. It was a far better option than flying. Value for money Convenience
- "boarding train" Christine Louise w. 02/10/2016
We loved the train ride to Paris, but were very disappointed in the time factor of boarding the train only 20mins prior to departure, was a terrible push and shove from people trying to get down the escalators to the station. No first class lounge as stated when I purchased the tickets, no one at the station knew about this. Otherwise an enjoyable trip Value for money Convenience
- "Efficient intercity travel" Dietrich f. 30/09/2016
The train trip itself was very enjoyable, convenient and comfortable. But two features marred the experience: boarding was very hectic because the platform for boarding the train was announced only briefly before the train's arrival leading to a hectic scramble to get onto the train. Secondly, once we had boarded we had to negotiate access to our allocated first class seats which had been taken by other travellers. Value for money Convenience
- "Exceeded our Expectations" Linda k. 26/09/2016
Arrived at Montpelier Station 6 hours ahead of departure time wondering what we could do seeing as we had so much luggage. Quickly found where we could store it at a reasonable cost, which allowed us to explore Montpelier. On returning to the station, it was easy to retrieve our bags and get to the allocated platform. We were so pleased we had booked 1st class tickets as the leather seats were very comfortable and well spaced, and there was plenty of space for our luggage. Getting off the train was also an easy process. So pleased we travelled by train and didn't fly Montpelier to Barcelona. Value for money Convenience
- "Easy travel" Anthony s. 22/09/2016
No problems with the trip, comfortable seats in first class and well worth the minimal extra cost. Took a bit of time going through security as everyone was boarding at the same time. Value for money Convenience
- "comfortable and safe" Mach c. 21/09/2016
Don't have anything negative about the trip. We bought tickets online and saved time. The train arrived on time and we easily found our reserved seats. Value for money Convenience
- "1st time European travellers." Peter m. 18/09/2016
Did 2 train trips, 1st Rome to Venice and 2nd Paris to Barcelona. All systems worked well, no issues finding seats etc. Was give refreshments twice on 1st trip but going to Barcelona- had to pay. Could not work that out???? Value for money Convenience
- "Comfortable" Mark f. 16/09/2016
Great trip. There was an issue with the train. We were kept informed throughout and arrived pretty much on time to Barcelona. I would highly recommend this type of travel. Value for money Convenience
- "Delayed, crowded and unsafe" Gregory l. 15/09/2016
The journey was over four hours delayed apparently due to fires. However, we were not informed of this or kept up to date during the journey. At one stage (in our first class carriage) the aisle was full of people, others were sitting on luggage in the racks and it was not possible to get to the toilets. My children (8 and 11) were asked for money by passengers to get alcohol at the bar and they were very frightened by the whole experience. The only compensation we received was a bottle of water. Not even an apology when we eventually reached the destination well after midnight (not a great scenario with children). I could go on, but see no point, as my requests for information at the time, and subsequently after, were rejected - I see no reason why this won't continue. A real shame, as we had always enjoyed travelling by train. Value for money Convenience
- "Great way to travel " Deborah p. 15/09/2016
the train was a bit late by almost an hour though Value for money Convenience
- "unfortunate delay" Karl e. 15/09/2016
Everything was great, except the train was delayed 4hrs due to a grass fire and information and updates were not available Value for money Convenience
- "Arles to Barcelona" Paul k. 14/09/2016
We really enjoyed the trip on the train even though our train was late and we missed our connection- fortunately we were able to change our ticket and get a connection an hour later. The train was comfortable which makes a difference when travelling a distance Value for money Convenience