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$ 24|
|Nimes||Aix En Provence Tgv||00:48||AU$ 24|
|Aix En Provence Tgv||Perpignan||02:39||AU$ 64|
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.
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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.
|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.
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.
Interactive Rail Map
- A. No, Eurostar does not transport cars. You can transport your car on Le Shuttle, which carries cars through the Channel Tunnel. For reservations with Le Shuttle, please call 08705 35 35 35 or at www.eurotunnel.com.
- A. Austria, Benelux (includes Belgium, Luxembourg, Holland), Bulgaria/Serbia/Montenegro, Czech Republic, Croatia/Slovenia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
- A. Located in the middle of the train (carriage 4 or 14), TGV Lyria bar provides a service for tasty snacks and meals: sandwiches, hot/cold local dishes, salads, children’s menu, hot and cold drinks, treats are available to eat at the bar or take away. In First class, you can also enjoy the convenience of Lyriapremière service at seat.
- A. The best-selling Eurail Global Pass offers unlimited, 1st Class train travel in 24 European countries: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Bulgarian Denmark, Finland, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, France, Ireland, Italy, Hungary, Netherlands, Norway, Luxembourg, Romania, Slovenia, Portugal, Slovakia, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden and Turkey. Choices range from 15 consecutive days to 3 months of travel or 10 and 15 flexible days within a 2-month time period, plus money-saving Eurail Global Pass bonuses. The Eurail Select Pass provides unlimited train travel for the duration you select in your choice of any 3, 4 or 5 countries that border each other, as well as attractive bonuses. Select from Austria, Benelux (Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands), Bulgaria/Serbia/Montenegro, Croatia/Slovenia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.
- A. Also known as the red train, Thalys trains link Paris to the gems of Northern Europe: Brussels in 1 hour and 22 minutes, Amsterdam in 3 hours and 18 minutes, and Cologne in 3 hours and 14 minutes. On a seasonal basis (from the end of December till mid - April), Thalys Snow travels from Brussels Midi to the ski resorts in Chambéry, Albertville, Moutiers, Aime-la-Plagne, Landry and Bourg-St-Maurice, every Saturday without any stops.
- A. On-board Eurostar, you are allowed two medium-sized cases (85cm at their longest length), and one piece of hand luggage per passenger. Any luggage over the allowance will be counted as excess luggage and will incur a fee. This will be arranged at the Eurostar terminal on your arrival.
- A. Yes, you may travel as many times are you like between countries that are on your pass.
- A. You will need to first figure out who wants to share, and who does not. Once you have your travel party broken down, request the number of passengers who want to share a room together and request as either a 1, 2 or 3 person room. Request each compartment separately until all passengers have been reserved in a room.
- A. With a Eurail Italy pass, you can get free and discounted ferry crossings, as well as other great offers in museums and monuments. 1st class pass holders are entitled to free transfers between Roma Fiumicino Airport and Roma Termini train station on the Leonardo Express and also between Pisa airport and Florence central station.
- A. Your Eurail Italy pass must be validated at a ticket window at a larger train station in Italy only. A railway official will fill in the first and last day of validity and your passport number, and will stamp your Eurail Italy pass, so that it is valid for travel.
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Reviews & ratings France-Spain high speed
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- "Train to Spain" Michelle g. 23/08/2016
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" Christine h. 13/08/2016
A hassle free journey. Convenient to get on and off at the end. Would recommend. Value for money Convenience
- "Reveiw" Darryn p. 06/08/2016
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" Dave m. 06/08/2016
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" Edward l. 30/07/2016
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" Terence b. 28/07/2016
An excellent trip. Value for money Convenience
- "Review" . 26/07/2016
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" Geoffrey m. 26/07/2016
Pleasant trip Value for money Convenience
- "On time" Reinaldo j. 24/07/2016
Comfortable and on time at departure and arrival. Value for money Convenience
- "Valence to Barcelona" Simon e. 20/07/2016
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" Peter b. 30/06/2016
Enjoyed the trip very much but you really need to provide wifi. Value for money Convenience
- "Great train ride" Raymond g. 30/06/2016
Very nice train ride Value for money Convenience
- "Train ride" Kim b. 29/06/2016
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" Aster g. 26/06/2016
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" Kathryn h. 23/06/2016
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