France-Spain high speed

France-Spain high speed
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  • 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

Paris Barcelona 06:27 AU$ 123
Barcelona Lyon 04:59 AU$ 85
Marseille Barcelona 04:17 AU$ 160
Marseille Madrid 07:03 AU$ 219
Barcelona Montpellier 02:55 AU$ 73
Paris Girona 05:44 AU$ 105
Montpellier Aix En Provence Tgv 01:16 AU$ 23
Barcelona Nimes 03:27 AU$ 67
Barcelona Carcassonne 02:22 AU$ 60
Beziers Avignon 01:38 AU$ 33
Avignon Perpignan 02:17 AU$ 23
Perpignan Marseille 03:06 AU$ 42
Perpignan Toulouse 01:43 AU$ 36
Montpellier Girona 02:10 AU$ 56
Nimes Aix En Provence Tgv 00:48 AU$ 23
Perpignan Aix En Provence Tgv 02:52 AU$ 62

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) :

Paper ticket

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.

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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.


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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  • "Comfortable, convenient! "    
    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!"    
    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"    
    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 "    
    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"    
    Excellent trip. Ran on time, staff were helpful.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Fun journey"    
    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!"    
    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"    
    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"    
    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"    
    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."    
    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"    
    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. "    
    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"    
    Very comfy seats and a convenient itinerary - highly recommend    Value for money  Convenience
  • "impressive"    
    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
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