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 Nimes 03:27 € 43
Barcelona Carcassonne 02:22 € 39
Beziers Avignon 01:38 € 21
Avignon Perpignan 02:17 € 15
Perpignan Marseille 03:06 € 27
Perpignan Toulouse 01:43 € 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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  • "No problems"    
    Comfortable journey  
  • "Comfortable and affordable"    
    Overall experience was very pleasant. Prices are reasonable, seats are comfortable and you don't have to go through all the security check    Value for money  Convenience
  • "My Rail Trip"    
    The train was on time and very comfortable. I enjoyed the trip and was comforted with the security checks of baggage which i have noted has been missing at some stations in Europe.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "It was excellent."    
    We will certainly recommend to our friends.  
  • "good trip"    
    comfortable trip, the air conditioning worked, first class was worth the extra cost, I liked having a single seat with no body beside me. The train arrived fairly promptly and arrived on time in Barcelona.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "A good experience"    
    A better selection of food and the opportunity to buy food directly in the first class cabin have been preferable, otherwise a good experience.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Comfort and speed"    
    There is no better way of traveling than by train,- and this is one of the best. Seats are comfortable, the atmosphere hushed and the view from the 2 floor is excellent. My only complaint is that washwater in the toilets was running empty at the end of the journey    Value for money  Convenience
    All good    Value for money  Convenience
    Wonderful trip. Perfect  
  • "Good"    
    I think a internet wifi would be very nice since it is a long journey  
  • "Times off but all ended well."    
    It was an interesting experience for us travelling by train to Barcelona Sants. Throughout the journey, which was booked prior to our journey online, all of the departure times were incorrect by at least half an hour but we arrived on time! Very strange indeed. Is this usual or did we fail to receive notification of changes to the timetable? Overall, it was a great way to travel as long as you don't have heavy luggage to carry up and down stairs in stations with no lift/elevator.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "comfortable trip"    
    The trip was comfortable. The seats were great.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Spain-France Train"    
    In June we traveled on the High Speed train from Barcelona to Paris. The train left on time, arrived on time and was very comfortable. Everything was very efficient.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Cannot wait for our next trip"    
    The whole experience was simple to arrange on-line, we had allocated seats, the train was clean, on-time, comfortable, all in all a great experience and we will do it again.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Sit back and relax"    
    We just relaxed and enjoyed the Journey on this trip.    Value for money  Convenience
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