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.

France-Spain high speed trains are operated by the SNCF, the French national railway company, and the RENFE, the Spanish railway company. The service is provided by international high speed trains, which are modern trains offering exceptional comfort for the passengers. A first class and second class service is available when booking train tickets to travel on board the France-Spain high speed trains. Major French and Spanish cities are connected with the France-Spain high speed network. In France, cities like Paris, Montpellier, Marseille, Lyon and Toulouse are found served by the France-Spain high speed. In Spain, cities like Madrid, Barcelona and Figueres are concerned.

Popular journeys and travel durations

Main routesTravel time

Paris Barcelona 06:27 € 79
Barcelona Lyon 04:59 € 55
Marseille Barcelona 04:17 € 103
Marseille Madrid 07:03 € 141
Barcelona Montpellier 02:55 € 47
Paris Girona 05:44 € 68
Montpellier Aix En Provence Tgv 01:16 € 15
Barcelona Carcassonne 02:22 € 39
Barcelona Nimes 03:27 € 43
Beziers Avignon 01:38 € 21
Avignon Perpignan 02:17 € 15
Perpignan Marseille 03:06 € 27
Toulouse Perpignan 02:17 € 23
Montpellier Girona 02:10 € 36
Nimes Aix En Provence Tgv 00:48 € 15
Perpignan Aix En Provence Tgv 02:52 € 40

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

The France-Spain high speed trains serve French and Spanish cities, thus calling at numerous stations. In Paris, the train calls at the Paris Gare de Lyon and in Barcelona, it calls at the Barcelona Sants railway station.

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.


The France-Spain trains are ideal to discover the Alps, the Provence region, the Midi-Pyréenées as well as the capital cities of France and Spain.

From France the France-Spain high speed trains will take you to Barcelona, where you can enjoy the sun and the city’s beaches, the treasures of Art Nouveau architecture and the tasty Mediterranean cuisine. Innovative design creations are to be found everywhere in Barcelona.

From Spain, visit Paris, one of the most popular cities in the world. Its museums, its architecture, its ambience, its cuisine, its shopping opportunities, etc.

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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  • "Great train journey"    
    All went well, transition at Genoa was easy, but wished there were more lifts or working escalators.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Just okay - a bit disappointin"    
    For the money we paid we expected this train to have far better facilities. Not even free wifi! As tourists from New Zealand and first time Europe visitors we were very disappointed in this trip. No commentary on the train about the places we passed though. We did not get any information about any facilities on the train availability and bathrooms etc.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Could be much better"    
    No internet access - very poor. Expensive.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Horrible journey. Time waist. "    
    Luggage storage was inconvenient. Those who travel with oversized luggage had to drop that on the others ones. Not enough announcement in English. As well as in Spanish when you are on the French side of the trip. Toilets were awful. Horribly organized boarding in Barcelona. Wouldn't recommend this to those who appreciates time and money.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Leg 1 of my mini adventure"    
    A journey on my own made so easy and comfortable. Great ticket system and station signage made it all very easy.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "very good"    
    every thing was ok except No Wi-Fi at the train, No enough food place at the train  
    This is my first experience of travelling into France with my family by train. I must say that it is a pleasant experience overall = from the beginning to find the most suitable train passage to online reservations and having the printed tickets in hand. It was so hassle free and so convenient. It really takes a load off my mind once the train passages and seat numbers were confirmed too. The train arrived on time as scheduled. The train ride was comfortable smooth and scenic too. There was sufficient space to store away our luggages and the toilets were clean too. My family and I were totally happy with the experience we had on board your train. However I did not quite understand why I was not able to print the ticket on line like the rest of other train passages. I was not sure whether I would be at home when the tickets were delivered by courier. Thankfully I was at home to receive the tickets.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Barcelona to Perpignan"    
    We had a great trip from Sants in Barcelona to Perpignan. The check in at Sants was brilliant and quick - all very well organized. Train very comfortable - although we did go first class - but well worth the extra euros. Good coffee - all on time - great trip Thanks    Value for money  Convenience
  • "great"    
    Very convenient schedule to sleep, clean, comfortable, nice station managers, a great experience that enables to avoid the plane.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Hoiiday trIp"    
    Easy travel good train trip  
  • "Avignon TGV - Barcelona Sants"    
    too many passenger causing delay    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Very Good"    
    Comfortable, good value for money and reliable. It was better that Very Good - it was extremely good.  
  • "3 train trips"    
    train trip was great, centre city to centre city and no lining up for ages as with airports. First class much quieter and more space on seats and to move around. Only gripe is that there is inconsistency with the level of service on each train. On the Brussels to Paris train lunch as served to our seats at no extra cost. On Paris to Marseille no service apart from cafe car. Marseille to Barcelona, cafe car available and staff also brought a mini car through the carriage but we still needed to pay extra. It would be good to know what to expect on each trip so we could make other arrangements if necessary. These trips were several hours and the best service was on the shortest time frame of just one hour.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Transit in Narbonne"    
    I had the transit in Narbonne before reaching Barcelona. The station there was small with only a few chairs for people to wait there.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Svetlana"    
    The travelled was good.    Value for money  Convenience
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