France-Spain high speed

France-Spain high speed
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Key features

  • Barcelona - Montpellier: 02:55
  • Book up to 120 days in advance
  • E-ticket
  • 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 routesTravel time

Barcelona Paris 06:33 AU$ 125
Barcelona Lyon 04:59 AU$ 87
Marseille Barcelona 04:17 AU$ 164
Marseille Madrid 07:03 AU$ 224
Montpellier Barcelona 02:53 AU$ 62
Paris Girona 05:44 AU$ 108
Montpellier Aix En Provence Tgv 01:16 AU$ 24
Barcelona Carcassonne 02:22 AU$ 62
Barcelona Nimes 03:27 AU$ 68
Avignon Perpignan 02:17 AU$ 24
Beziers Avignon 01:38 AU$ 33
Perpignan Marseille 03:06 AU$ 43
Perpignan Toulouse 01:43 AU$ 37
Montpellier Girona 02:10 AU$ 57
Nimes Aix En Provence Tgv 00:48 AU$ 24
Aix En Provence Tgv Perpignan 02:39 AU$ 64

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.

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.


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.

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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  • "Train to Spain"    
    Very enjoyable and hassle free journey. Departed from Gard Lyon, easy to get to from any area. Had reviewed information on website so knew we would only get our gate/platform 30 mins before departure, this made a good stress free experience. Plenty of luggage space close to your seats. After settling into our seats all we had to do was sit back and enjoy the journey which we did. Would defeinatly recommend this journey.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "A very easy way to travel"    
    A hassle free journey. Convenient to get on and off at the end. Would recommend.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Reveiw"    
    Great comfort and value for money. Disappointed no wi fi in this day and age. Also luggage difficult to get up stairs and insufficient room. Otherwise all good.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Waiting to know where to go"    
    The French have a storage system of not letting people know what lat form the train is leaving from until a few minutes before departure, then you have to rush to the platform to board.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Great Experience"    
    We booked this in advance before we left and everything ran like clockwork. Was on time and got us where we needed to go.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Barcelona_Paris"    
    An excellent trip.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Review"    
    Hi, loved the train journey. My only issue was ..I was confused at Marsielle train station as Montpellier was not written on the board....luckily a friend told me you go by the train number..not necessarily the destination..otherwise I would have been panicking. I would have appreciated the announcement in English, particularly for that stop as it was connecting to Barcelona. Otherwise good. I was also supposed there was no customs or passport stamping at Barcelona where I just walked out onto the street upon arrival. Regards DR  
  • "On time, comfortable"    
    Pleasant trip    Value for money  Convenience
  • "On time"    
    Comfortable and on time at departure and arrival.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Valence to Barcelona"    
    Train was ontime and departed ontime. Travelled in First Class. Quiet trip. Lovely scenery. Train arrived in Barcelona slightly late (10mins). Station centrally located. I'd make this trip again.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "behind the times"    
    Enjoyed the trip very much but you really need to provide wifi.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Great train ride"    
    Very nice train ride    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Train ride"    
    We had trouble finding which train and when asking staff they were incredibly rude. They even directed us to the wrong seats so we had to move when another passenger showed up. Also no help at all advising us where to stow our luggage    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Madrid Atocha - Narbonne"    
    There was a problem with the train and we had to switch to another train before we reached Narbonne. This delayed our arrival in Narbonne and we missed the connecting train to Toulouse and the next train made us very late arriving in Toulouse. Also there are no lifts at the station and carrying heavy bags up and down stairs is very inconvenient for Seniors. We chose to wait on the platform for two hours as it was too painful to move our heavy bags up and down stairs.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Spain to provence"    
    This was a very convenient and cost effective way to go from Barcelona to Provence. Originally intended to go to Avignon, but as it required a chage of train we finished our journey and picked up our car at Nimes train station. In Bharcelona we stayed at Barcelo Sants hotel over the station so te whole trip was very easy.    Value for money  Convenience
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