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

Paris Barcelona 06:27 AU$ 128
Barcelona Lyon 04:59 AU$ 89
Marseille Barcelona 04:17 AU$ 167
Marseille Madrid 07:03 AU$ 229
Barcelona Montpellier 02:55 AU$ 76
Paris Girona 05:44 AU$ 111
Montpellier Aix En Provence Tgv 01:16 AU$ 24
Barcelona Nimes 03:27 AU$ 70
Barcelona Carcassonne 02:22 AU$ 63
Beziers Avignon 01:38 AU$ 34
Avignon Perpignan 02:17 AU$ 24
Perpignan Marseille 03:06 AU$ 44
Perpignan Toulouse 01:43 AU$ 37
Montpellier Girona 02:10 AU$ 59
Nimes Aix En Provence Tgv 00:48 AU$ 24
Perpignan Aix En Provence Tgv 02:52 AU$ 65

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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  • "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
  • "Great adventure"    
    On time, clean and friendly staff, can't ask for much more.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Dijon- Strasbourg"    
    A very scenic trip, fast and smooth and on time.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Cancelled train"    
    Our train was cancelled on short notice(Strike in France). Had to make alternate transport arrangements as we joined a river cruise in France. Taxi costs were very expensive. I am still trying to get a refund for the fare. Very disappointed.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "very good"    
    the strike in france delayed our trip in one hours,but the service still very good    Convenience
  • "Train Trip "    
    Train trip from Barcelona to Paris was excellent.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "NOT HAPPY"    
    Our train was cancelled at short notice. Staff at Perpignan were rude and unhelpful and did not appear to know what was going on . Eventually we were told by SNCF rep that we would have to get on next TGV train which was direct to Paris    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Ease of boarding"    
    We were international travellers and so had 2large suitcases plus 2 small cases. We feel that the attendants that were on the platform could have been a little more helpful other than just directing us to our carriage but also explaining where luggage should be stored thus avoiding us us storing our large bags in the area on lower level before realising our seats were located up stairs which meant eemhadnto retrieve them from the downstairs storage to the upstairs With so many people trying to board and store their luggage it caused a big problem both for us and other passengers. There is minimum space available anyway w we also found it a problem when we got to the upper level and the train had already left the station.we feel that a little more,advice and direction from the people's tanning on the platform would have prevented these problems for several passengers travelling for the first time on themfirstmtimemon thismtrain. Once theseproblems were,sorted however we had a pleasant journey    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Madrid-Montpellier Fast Train"    
    The train trip from Madrid to Montpellier was the best way to travel most directly from these destinations, and better than the air travel (less direct) alternatives. Very positive experience; train was on time and kept to schedule. Seats were reasonably comfortable and there was access to power for the laptop. The Spanish segment was very good, with voice announcements made in Spanish, English and French. When we hit France, however, the voice announcements were restricted to French, which was not particularly helpful for Spanish or English travellers. Insufficient space for large bags.  
  • "Paris to Barcelona"    
    This journey was SO easy. Train left and arrived on time. Continually updated re stops. Seating comfortable. Would certainly travel by train again.  
  • "Super"    
    Was extremely comfortable and easy ride. No hiccups and no delays. Really an easy way to travel.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "excellent and comfortable "    
    Our trip from the Montipellier station to Barcelona operated efficiently with comfortable seating in first class. Staff were friendly and professional ..luggage storage was great ..assistance by staff at both stations was superb.. Highly recommended  
  • "Smooth trip to Barcelona"    
    Train on time - for once - previous two trips on TGV 30-40 mins late. Rush for trains after wait for platform to be listed meant luggage racks fill up early. If seated upstairs need to drag bags up stairs, which can be an issue for some. French TGV, as a security measure, now insist on luggage being labelled with name and address. Journey was comfortable, though long. A lot more so than Australian intercity trains.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Great Train , Great Scenery"    
    Excellent journey with a comfortable seat    Value for money  Convenience
  • "A relaxing trip"    
    Initially disappointed at having to lug large suitcases up to our seating area, however seating arrangement and comfort was excellent. The ride was excellent, thus ensuring a comfortable and relaxing 3 hour trip    Value for money  Convenience
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