France-Spain high speed

France-Spain high speed trains are ideal to visit main French and Spanish cities like Paris, Montpellier, Barcelona and Madrid.

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France-Spain high speed network

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
Montpellier-Barcelona2h50
Barcelona-Toulouse3h02
Marseille-Barcelona4h17
Lyon-Barcelona4h53
Montpellier-Madrid5h36
Paris-Barcelona6h25
Marseille-Madrid7h03

Barcelona Lyon 04:59 AU$ 83
Marseille Barcelona 04:17 AU$ 156
Marseille Madrid 07:03 AU$ 213
Paris Girona 05:44 AU$ 103
Montpellier Aix En Provence Tgv 01:16 AU$ 23
Barcelona Carcassonne 02:22 AU$ 59
Barcelona Nimes 03:27 AU$ 65
Beziers Avignon 01:38 AU$ 32
Avignon Perpignan 02:17 AU$ 23
Perpignan Marseille 03:06 AU$ 41
Toulouse Perpignan 02:17 AU$ 35
Montpellier Girona 02:10 AU$ 54
Nimes Aix En Provence Tgv 00:48 AU$ 23
Aix En Provence Tgv Perpignan 02:39 AU$ 61

Booking & Ticket delivery

Booking :
  • France-Spain high speed tickets are open for booking 90 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.

Ticket delivery 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.

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.

Onboard

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.


Highlights

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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    "Travel Comfortably"

      Marian w. 
    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

    "Easy Travel"

      Murray y.  07/10/2014
    It was just so easy to travel from Narbonne to Paris on the GTV. Very comfortable and just so much quicker and easier than driving. Food is available on board, although rather a basic range. The only issue with the GTV trains is that the luggage racks are usually not large enough for all the cases. Carrying cases up stairs to the upper level of the carriage is too difficult for many older people. We also had an issue with our printed ticket off the internet, in that there was over printing and the carriage number could not be read and we needed to get assistance from station personnel. Several other people had the same problem.    Value for money  Convenience

    "Good trip"

      Judy p.  06/10/2014
    The trains in France are not as smooth as the Renfe trains. The station of Montpellier could really do with lots more seating considering it is a major train station where many passengers change trains and waiting times between trains can be considerably long. The train seats were comfortable. The Renfe train was very comfortable and even has a movie to watch.    Value for money  Convenience

    "TGV Sud Est 6820"

      Vittorina o.  04/10/2014
    We had a comfort trip but there was no food or drinks available until we reached Lyon. We enjoyed our train travel and we would definitely book with rail europe again.    Value for money  Convenience

    "Lyon"

      Jane b.  03/10/2014
    Train was very late due to delays with works on the track.    Value for money  Convenience

    "At speed"

      Anne b.  02/10/2014
    It has been a very long time since I last travelled by train in Europe. I was certainly impressed with how quick the trip is and enjoyed the comfort and cleanliness of the train. Looking forward to further train travel in the future.    Value for money  Convenience

    "Nothing First Class"

      Alice c.  29/09/2014
    We travelled First Class.The train was two levels - meaning heavy luggage had to be carried up very tight and awkward stairs if you were seated on the upper level - which I had no idea about this when making the booking. I didn't see mention that there may be stairs. Every toilet in 4 carriages (with the exception of the disabled toilet) had NO toilet paper. I informed the staff that it had run out and they did nothing about it. On such a long trip for there to be no toilet paper after less than an hours travel in all toilets visited was a little unacceptable. The buffet car had stools which was great and the food options were nice. The actual chairs were comfortable. The lack of the ability to check your luggage through was a challenge when you had luggage upstairs and you had to disembark and change trains in 20 mins. It would have been good to have been able to check through our luggage to Madrid.    Value for money  Convenience

    "28 september 2014"

      Jeffrey s.  28/09/2014
    clean, efficient and enjoyable    Value for money  Convenience

    "Aussie in Spain"

      Christopher p.  26/09/2014
    Comfortable, and on time - all that was needed    Value for money  Convenience

    "great time"

      Lynette m.  25/09/2014
    the only trouble was lifting very heavy cases to top level then taking them down at end of journey    Value for money  Convenience

    "hassle free travel"

      Leonardus y.  16/09/2014
    We have used the French train system 2013 and again 2014 and would recommend this form of travel to everyone. Fast efficient, clean and a wonderful way to view to the countryside.    Value for money  Convenience

    "Friends travelling"

      Bronwyn b.  13/09/2014
    The trip was fine however paying first class one expected some help with luggage on arrival which was not forthcoming.    Value for money  Convenience

    "Value for Money, Easy travel"

      Kerry w.  11/09/2014
    A very pleasant trip. Plenty of room. Comfortable.    Value for money  Convenience

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