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$126
Barcelona Lyon 04:59 AU$89
Marseille Barcelona 04:17 AU$165
Marseille Madrid 07:03 AU$226
Montpellier Barcelona 02:53 AU$62
Paris Girona 05:44 AU$109
Montpellier Aix En Provence Tgv 01:16 AU$24
Barcelona Carcassonne 02:22 AU$64
Barcelona Nimes 03:27 AU$69
Avignon Perpignan 02:17 AU$24
Beziers Avignon 01:38 AU$34
Perpignan Marseille 03:06 AU$43
Toulouse Perpignan 02:17 AU$37
Montpellier Girona 02:10 AU$57
Aix En Provence Tgv Perpignan 02:39 AU$64
Nimes Aix En Provence Tgv 00:48 AU$24

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 boarding

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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  • "Hi-speed relaxing way to go!"    
    Could do with extra luggage space.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Paris to Barcelona with ease"    
    Very comfortable trip seemed to fly by. Very pleasant trip would love to have done more train travel. The only difficulty was that I booked the wrong date and it was impossible to change it. I spent a whole day trying to find a number to ring and sent copious emails which weren't answered.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Excellent Spanish train"    
    Comfortable 2nd class with reserved seats. Booking straight forward but paper tickets issued in this case.  
  • "Train trip"    
    Very pleasant experience    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Madrid to Narbonne"    
    The Spanish train journey was excellent, the French train from Narbonne to Carcassonne was just a local service and not as modern.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Easy and comfortable "    
    We caught the train from Perpignan to Barcelona in first class and were pleasantly surprised at the comfort and ease with which it happened. We had too much luggage but the train support staff were very helpful and it was not a problem at all. Thank you    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Barcelona to Paris"    
    Great trip, but I would have liked to be able to select seats on the upper level    Convenience
  • "Great ay to Go"    
    Having just completed our trip from Barcelona to Paris by Euro Rail, I can only speak highly on this experience: Comfort : I travelled 1st Class and rate it as a 5 star Comfort experience. Value for Money: Having purchased a Euro Rail pass It was a very good way to see Europe economical again 5 Stars Convenience: Euro Rail - On time, Every time and a time table to suit every need. Five Stars  
  • "All good"    
    Comfortable, on-time, great way to see the countryside    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Final leg of our holiday"    
    The train was on time, clean and provided a very easy pleasant journey to our last holiday destination before returning home.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Paris to Barcelona"    
    After boarding one train and then being told to disembark and move to another train, our journey from Paris to Barcelona was a disaster. It was difficult to negotiate the stairs to the upper level of the train once - but twice was ridiculous. After a late departure from Paris, we were relieved to settle into the six-hour journey. At the first stop in Valence, new passengers joined the train. No tickets were checked. My partner's bag - above his head on the luggage rack - was stolen before the next stop in Nimes. When we realised the bag was gone - about 10 minutes from Nimes - no staff could be found until the train was almost in the station. The thief probably left the train here. Apparently this happens all the time - according to one staff member who spoke little English, the exact same thing had happened the day before - but there are no announcements to warn passengers. A ruined holiday. Passports, money, electronic equipment, etc. etc. all gone in the blink of an eye. The theft occurred within a five-minute time frame when I went to the bathroom. The bag was probably then removed from the seat behind my partner. Opportunistic? Extremely well-organised? Finally located the so-called 'train manager' prior to arrival in Barcelona. He had no English, but indicated that there was nothing that could be done. So, if travelling on SNCF trains, be warned! Do not use luggage racks for any bags - and do not expect assistance from any staff member, none of whom speak English.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "France Spain high speed"    
    Rail is a great means of travel throughout Europe. The only down side is the small entry doors and steps as well as the configuration of some trains makes managing larger cases/luggage difficult. If travelling by rail it's best to travel light.    Convenience
  • "Barcelona to Toulouse"    
    Train was on time but the first class ticket did not represent value. The seats in the carriage were not very comfortable and the luggage area was full yet the carriage was only half occupied. Still a very good service.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "El Toro train."    
    This train ride was perfect. It was comfortable, quiet and efficient. It was our first time and this experience with this train will not be the last.It was a pleasure and certainly needs to be advertised to all people as a very good way of traveling.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "1st Europe trip and tgv trip"    
    No complaints    Value for money  Convenience
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