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$ 123
Barcelona Lyon 04:59 AU$ 86
Marseille Barcelona 04:17 AU$ 161
Marseille Madrid 07:03 AU$ 220
Barcelona Montpellier 02:55 AU$ 73
Paris Girona 05:44 AU$ 106
Montpellier Aix En Provence Tgv 01:16 AU$ 23
Barcelona Carcassonne 02:22 AU$ 61
Barcelona Nimes 03:27 AU$ 67
Beziers Avignon 01:38 AU$ 33
Avignon Perpignan 02:17 AU$ 23
Perpignan Marseille 03:06 AU$ 42
Toulouse Perpignan 02:17 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) :

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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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  • "Easy travel"    
    No problems with the trip, comfortable seats in first class and well worth the minimal extra cost. Took a bit of time going through security as everyone was boarding at the same time.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "comfortable and safe"    
    Don't have anything negative about the trip. We bought tickets online and saved time. The train arrived on time and we easily found our reserved seats.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "1st time European travellers."    
    Did 2 train trips, 1st Rome to Venice and 2nd Paris to Barcelona. All systems worked well, no issues finding seats etc. Was give refreshments twice on 1st trip but going to Barcelona- had to pay. Could not work that out????    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Comfortable"    
    Great trip. There was an issue with the train. We were kept informed throughout and arrived pretty much on time to Barcelona. I would highly recommend this type of travel.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Delayed, crowded and unsafe"    
    The journey was over four hours delayed apparently due to fires. However, we were not informed of this or kept up to date during the journey. At one stage (in our first class carriage) the aisle was full of people, others were sitting on luggage in the racks and it was not possible to get to the toilets. My children (8 and 11) were asked for money by passengers to get alcohol at the bar and they were very frightened by the whole experience. The only compensation we received was a bottle of water. Not even an apology when we eventually reached the destination well after midnight (not a great scenario with children). I could go on, but see no point, as my requests for information at the time, and subsequently after, were rejected - I see no reason why this won't continue. A real shame, as we had always enjoyed travelling by train.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Great way to travel "    
    the train was a bit late by almost an hour though    Value for money  Convenience
  • "unfortunate delay"    
    Everything was great, except the train was delayed 4hrs due to a grass fire and information and updates were not available    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Arles to Barcelona"    
    We really enjoyed the trip on the train even though our train was late and we missed our connection- fortunately we were able to change our ticket and get a connection an hour later. The train was comfortable which makes a difference when travelling a distance    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Avignon TVG - Madrid Atocha "    
    The fast train service was fantastic. It beats flying any time.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Barcelona to Nimes"    
    The train ride was easy and comfortable. However trying to get our luggage on was difficult. Leave plenty of time to get through security and on to the train in Barcelona    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Train from Barcelona to carcas"    
    Great trip comfy seats but on the expensive side    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Trip in Catalan area"    
    Good trip no problems nice station at Barcelona Sants    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Easy and comfortable ride"    
    The train ride was comfortable. It would have been more enjoyable, however, had there been more assistance in directing people to their carriages and seats - as well as a single point of checking tickets. I ended up inadvertently in the wrong carriage, had my ticket checked three times, as well as once by the police, and after I had been on the train for 5 hours, I was suddenly told, by a young woman who had been seated a few seats away, that I was in fact sitting in her seat. I was asked to move - at this late stage. Yes, I was wrong, but how wasn't this error discovered before? The head conductor placed the young woman in my actual seat, but the ticket checker conductor was extremely rude, after having spent most of the trip sleeping in an empty seat. not impressed. Apart from this, the trip was delayed by 50 minutes due to work on the line, which caused some hiccoughs for those wishing to meet other trains.  
  • "Great"    
    Always preferred air travel, but now converted.good work.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Barcelona to Montpellier "    
    After spending weeks driving around Ireland and Spain it was very relaxing getting on a train. We actually cancelled the Hertz car in France and booked another two train tickets. Barcelona to Montpellier was expensive - not sure why. We have been on other trips that have been longer and cheaper,    Value for money  Convenience
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