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|
|Perpignan||Aix En Provence Tgv||02:52||AU$ 62|
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.
Print @ home
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
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.
Interactive Rail Map
- A. Depending on where you are traveling, there are two different rules regarding overnight travel. Some trains allow travelers departing after 7 PM to mark only the following day on the pass, meaning that only one travel day will be used. However, other trains will require that this travel use 2 days on your pass. It is recommended that you check the rules included in the ticket jacket included with your pass for more specific information.
- A. Sorry, partially used passes are not refundable.
- A. In some cases. Normally, your bicycle must be boxed and placed in a separate car, or it might have to be transported on a separate train. Extra charges may apply, and you must arrange bike transport locally. Bikes are allowed as checked luggage on the EC, IC, ICE, and TGV trains. The bike must be wrapped, with the wheels and pedals detached, and the handlebars parallel to the frame.
- A. All passengers with an AVE ticket may carry up to two pieces of hand luggage, for which they will be responsible and which they must store in the designated areas. The total weight limit is 20 kg and the combined dimensions (length + width + height) of each piece of luggage must not be more than 250 cm.
- A. You can print your Thalys ticket directly from your printer at home or retrieve it from the self-service machines available in FRANCE ONLY before boarding your Thalys train.
- A. A pass holder is a reduced fare that can be purchased in place of a ticket. It requires the use of 1 day on a rail pass and is generally required for high-speed trains.
- A. Book 1 passenger at a time, and select the Single compartment. You will need to do this step twice, once for each passenger.
- A. A travel day lasts 24 hours, in which you can take as many trains as you wish.
- 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. You can book early a ticket for Italo up to 70 days in advance. The earlier you book, the more likely you will get the lowest price. Italo tickets are can be book up to 3 days before your travel date.
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Reviews & ratings France-Spain high speed
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- "Comfortable, convenient! " Chun Keung t. 19/04/2016
We were taking the first class seats. The seats were comfortable and spacious. The staff were friendly and helpful as well. We didn't feel it took very long to bring us from Barcelona to Paris. The views were beautiful and spectacular on the way too. I would highly recommend to take train to travel along European countries. Value for money Convenience
- "Rail - the only way to travel!" Petrushka o. 18/04/2016
The convenience of rail is our preferred method of travel in Europe.. Virtually from the centre of city to destination. Comfortable, quick, interesting views en route, and great value for money. Value for money Convenience
- "My first rail trip" Ronald d. 12/04/2016
The fast train rail trip from Barcelona to Paris was a highlight on our recent trip to Europe. The train was very comfortable (more enjoyable than plane travel) as there was always changing scenery and the ability to move around. 6 hours on the train when very fast and would certainly recommend a train trip over a plane trip for this journey. Value for money Convenience
- "Great, Comfortable Trip " Taylor b. 01/02/2016
We travelled quite a distance with large luggage, which we were extremely afraid of doing. The tickets were sent us to before we left Australia which was so convenient and reassuring, and it was extremely easy to change trains. The seats are comfortable, with carriages available and a lot of luggage storage space which is handy. I really rate this trip, it was quite a highlight for us to see the countryside in comfort! Value for money Convenience
- "Fast trip" Paul e. 28/01/2016
Excellent trip. Ran on time, staff were helpful. Value for money Convenience
- "Fun journey" David b. 21/12/2015
Although it was a dark day in December, the green fields of France were a wonderful sight as they sped by Value for money Convenience
- "Beats going by air!" Richard c. 20/11/2015
The convenience of traveling from the city centre in Barcelona to the city centre in Lyon is fantastic. The train was on time and comfortable. I did however expect there would be access to wifi and was disappointed there wasn't. Still much better than going by air! Value for money Convenience
- "Great trip" Harry c. 12/11/2015
Comfortable carriages, very fast train, nice lunch (1st class). Usual problem - no indication of which end of the train to board that results in running the length of a crowded platform with heavy suitcases. Value for money Convenience
- "Off to Spain" Catherine p. 09/11/2015
We booked first class seats for the journey - everything was good except surprised with seat allocation - there was a lot of spare seats in our cabin however the assigned seats for us where next to a wall with very little view. Would have liked to be able to pick seats as on plane bookings. Value for money Convenience
- "Barcelona to Marseille" Helen m. 02/11/2015
There seemed to be no working air conditioning for the first half of the trip, passengers alll around me were fanning themselves and I went through a full bottle of water. I had very heavy luggage that I could not lift into overhead storage and there was no floor level storage at the end of the carriage. Train was fast, clean and quiet. Value for money Convenience
- "Relax and enjoy the view." Stewart e. 27/10/2015
With memories from 2013 of a scrummage to board the train to Narbonne we arrived at Sants not looking forward to our upcoming journey. What a change! Plenty of time to board an empty, duplex train and appart from the expectation to haul our luggage upstairs (which I wasn't capable of, so it tresspassed on the lower level). Good personal space, coupled with travelling backwards meant an enjoyable trip to Montpellier, enjoying the view along the way. Tasty snacks we had from the bar, just a carriage away. Downers were the impossibly small toilets and having to 'fight' with thoseboarding passengers who didn't have the manners to allow us to get off first. Value for money Convenience
- "Easy travel indeed" Julie l. 13/10/2015
We love traveling up to Paris even tho we have to change trains. It is so comfortable and relaxing . Value for money Convenience
- "On time and comfortable. " Ross p. 12/10/2015
Always enjoy our train trips. Very happy with the booking process and the journey. Only one small problem. We have to print out our tickets rather than keep the information on our phones like the airlines do. This can be a problem for travellers finding a printer. Value for money Convenience
- "Paris to Barcelona" Lee s. 01/10/2015
Very comfy seats and a convenient itinerary - highly recommend Value for money Convenience
- "impressive" Jonathan c. 26/09/2015
This was our first experience of a high speed train. The security and boarding process was getting to be too much like an airport but the trip was fantastic. Unfortunately we could not pre-book this trip using the Eurail Pass booking service so had to book directly and not use our Eurail Pass. This was a disappointment. Value for money Convenience