France-Spain high speed
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- Barcelona - Montpellier: 02:55
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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|
|Aix En Provence Tgv||Perpignan||02:39||AU$ 60|
|Nimes||Aix En Provence Tgv||00:48||AU$ 23|
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) :
Receive your ticket directly to your address. Just take them with you and you are ready to travel. Shipping fees apply.
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Print your ticket anywhere and anytime before your travel. Skip shipping fees.
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
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.
Interactive Rail Map
- A. Yes, non-smoking cars are available on all trains. Most high- speed trains are now completely non-smoking and all reservations are requested in non-smoking coaches when both options are available. There is no smoking on all trains in France, Italy, Norway, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg, and Switzerland.
- A. TGV Lyria offers direct, high speed services between Paris-Gare de Lyon, Dijon and cities such as Geneva, Lausanne, Basel, Neuchatel, Bern and Zurich. During winter, TGV Lyria snow train connects you directly from Paris to the charming resorts of the canton of Vaud (including Château-d’Oex, Leysin, Les Diablerets and Villars) and Valais (Verbier, CransMontana, Leukerbad, Saas-Fee and Zermatt, among others).
- A. A Eurail Select Pass offers you unlimited travel on the national rail networks of any 3, 4 or 5 adjoining countries that are connected by train or ship. These countries are to be chosen from a list of 24 participating countries.
- A. You can buy all your AVE tickets trains quickly and easily online, with no booking fee, and print them in the convenience of your home.
- A. Frecciarossa trains offer two classes of travel: first class and second class. First Class ticket holders will receive a welcome drink, a snack and a daily Italian newspaper. Either travel class you may choose, you will be able to surf the Net on Frecciarossa trains using a USB key or any other portable device equipped with a Wi-Fi antenna.
- A. Yes, depending on the country you are traveling in. Generally there are local trains that travel the same route as high-speed trains, however they generally take much longer to travel the same route. You will need to weigh the cost of a reservation compared with the time it will take to travel the same route. Example: Lyon to Marseille is generally about 1 hour 45 minutes on the TGV. A local train for this same route would be about 3 and half hours.
- A. You can make reservations to travel on TGV Lyria trains up to 3 months before your travel date. To take advantage of the best fares, always try to buy your ticket as early as possible. And when buying your TGV Lyria tickets, check what exchange and refund conditions apply. Your fare type will be clearly stated on your ticket.
- A. Breakfast is served before 11:00 a.m.; lunch is served between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00pm A snack is served between 2:00pm and 5:00pm Dinner is served after 5:00pm.
Q.Can I get off the train for a few hours and then get back on later that day if I'm holding a train ticket?A. A ticket that does not include a reservation for a specific train, does allow you to get on and off the train as much as you would like provided that your journey is completed within 2 months. Most tickets now include the reservations within the ticket, and do not permit the traveler to hop on or off the train If you are looking for more freedom to hop on and off the train, a railpass would be the best choice.
- A. The Eurail Italy Pass is the best choice if you want to spend your time exploring Italy. Eurail Italy pass is valid for one month, and the number of travel days available varies from 3 to 10 days.
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Reviews & ratings France-Spain high speed
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- "Hi-speed relaxing way to go!" Rhonda m. 15/01/2017
Could do with extra luggage space. Value for money Convenience
- "Paris to Barcelona with ease" Christine o. 14/01/2017
Very comfortable trip seemed to fly by. Very pleasant trip would love to have done more train travel. The only difficulty was that I booked the wrong date and it was impossible to change it. I spent a whole day trying to find a number to ring and sent copious emails which weren't answered. Value for money Convenience
- "Excellent Spanish train" . 11/01/2017
Comfortable 2nd class with reserved seats. Booking straight forward but paper tickets issued in this case.
- "Train trip" Penelope j. 08/11/2016
Very pleasant experience Value for money Convenience
- "Madrid to Narbonne" Jane r. 03/11/2016
The Spanish train journey was excellent, the French train from Narbonne to Carcassonne was just a local service and not as modern. Value for money Convenience
- "Easy and comfortable " Deborah l. 02/11/2016
We caught the train from Perpignan to Barcelona in first class and were pleasantly surprised at the comfort and ease with which it happened. We had too much luggage but the train support staff were very helpful and it was not a problem at all. Thank you Value for money Convenience
- "Barcelona to Paris" Maureen n. 02/11/2016
Great trip, but I would have liked to be able to select seats on the upper level Convenience
- "Great ay to Go" . 01/11/2016
Having just completed our trip from Barcelona to Paris by Euro Rail, I can only speak highly on this experience: Comfort : I travelled 1st Class and rate it as a 5 star Comfort experience. Value for Money: Having purchased a Euro Rail pass It was a very good way to see Europe economical again 5 Stars Convenience: Euro Rail - On time, Every time and a time table to suit every need. Five Stars
- "All good" Patrick a. 28/10/2016
Comfortable, on-time, great way to see the countryside Value for money Convenience
- "Final leg of our holiday" Mathias t. 25/10/2016
The train was on time, clean and provided a very easy pleasant journey to our last holiday destination before returning home. Value for money Convenience
- "Paris to Barcelona" Fran m. 25/10/2016
After boarding one train and then being told to disembark and move to another train, our journey from Paris to Barcelona was a disaster. It was difficult to negotiate the stairs to the upper level of the train once - but twice was ridiculous. After a late departure from Paris, we were relieved to settle into the six-hour journey. At the first stop in Valence, new passengers joined the train. No tickets were checked. My partner's bag - above his head on the luggage rack - was stolen before the next stop in Nimes. When we realised the bag was gone - about 10 minutes from Nimes - no staff could be found until the train was almost in the station. The thief probably left the train here. Apparently this happens all the time - according to one staff member who spoke little English, the exact same thing had happened the day before - but there are no announcements to warn passengers. A ruined holiday. Passports, money, electronic equipment, etc. etc. all gone in the blink of an eye. The theft occurred within a five-minute time frame when I went to the bathroom. The bag was probably then removed from the seat behind my partner. Opportunistic? Extremely well-organised? Finally located the so-called 'train manager' prior to arrival in Barcelona. He had no English, but indicated that there was nothing that could be done. So, if travelling on SNCF trains, be warned! Do not use luggage racks for any bags - and do not expect assistance from any staff member, none of whom speak English. Value for money Convenience
- "France Spain high speed" Delys m. 21/10/2016
Rail is a great means of travel throughout Europe. The only down side is the small entry doors and steps as well as the configuration of some trains makes managing larger cases/luggage difficult. If travelling by rail it's best to travel light. Convenience
- "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