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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 routesTravel time

Barcelona Lyon 04:59 AU$ 82
Marseille Barcelona 04:17 AU$ 154
Marseille Madrid 07:03 AU$ 211
Montpellier Barcelona 02:53 AU$ 58
Paris Girona 05:44 AU$ 102
Montpellier Aix En Provence Tgv 01:16 AU$ 22
Barcelona Carcassonne 02:22 AU$ 58
Barcelona Nimes 03:27 AU$ 64
Beziers Avignon 01:38 AU$ 31
Avignon Perpignan 02:17 AU$ 22
Perpignan Marseille 03:06 AU$ 40
Toulouse Perpignan 02:17 AU$ 34
Montpellier Girona 02:10 AU$ 54
Nimes Aix En Provence Tgv 00:48 AU$ 22
Perpignan Aix En Provence Tgv 02:52 AU$ 60

Booking and printing options

Booking :
  • 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.
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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.


Classes and facilities offered by France-Spain high speed
First classSecond class
Reclining seats Cosy with more legroom, reclining seats are ideal to enjoy the trip.
Lounges at station in Spain Get the ultimate treat before any trip, or simply an ideal place to continue working.
Bar buffet car Access to the bar buffet car where snacks and beverages can be bought.
Comfortable seats Spacious seats with a headrest and generous legroom.
Power sockets Ideal to plug your laptop, phone or any electronic device from your seat.
Audio system* Listen to your favourite tune while enjoying the passing landscape.
Video screens* Ideal for entertainment, some coaches are equipped with screens.

*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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  • "An excellent way to travel."

      Clare j. 
    Having never traveled to Europe, I found the ease of service and level of comfort impressive. As an English speaker, I was offered great courtesy as I tried to communicate in both Spain and France, by kind and professional staff. I would recommend your service to anyone.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Barcelona to Narbonne"

      Graham h.  08/05/2015
    Excellent on time service.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "A bit of a scramble."

      Michael j.  06/04/2015
    Inside the Barcelona Sants station it was difficult to find out exactly where to go. Whilst this may have been due to the fact that it was a Friday afternoon perhaps a help desk might have been of more assistance. The information office simply pointed where we should go but then queues everywhere. It was a real scramble even though we had plenty of time. For retired people with suitcases and hand luggage it was not a very pleasant experience. The actual train journey was fine apart from the fact we had to haul our luggage onto the upper deck.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Relaxing and convenient"

      Kim l.  27/03/2015
    Our rail trip was easy to book from Australia and the whole experience was positive. I had travelled by rail in Europe before, but even if I hadn't, we had no trouble with the process - staff in Toulouse were very helpful. We travelled first class and would recommend if you want more space and have a lot of luggage.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Nice trip"

      Matthew g.  16/03/2015
    Beautiful scenery. Club car needs a bit of updating though.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Simple and great train travel"

      John d.  01/02/2015
    The journey from Barcelona Sants to Paris Gare Lyon was very easy. The ticketing was straightforward, getting to the station and on the train was simple, and the journey itself was comfortable and pleasant. It gave us a chance to see some countryside and rest as we travelled.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Add ons"

      Usha m.  29/01/2015
    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
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