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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

Barcelona Lyon 04:59 € 55
Marseille Barcelona 04:17 € 103
Marseille Madrid 07:03 € 141
Paris Girona 05:44 € 68
Montpellier Aix En Provence Tgv 01:16 € 15
Barcelona Nimes 03:27 € 43
Barcelona Carcassonne 02:22 € 39
Avignon Perpignan 02:17 € 15
Beziers Avignon 01:38 € 21
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.

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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.
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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.

Travellers with a 1st class ticket have access to the VIP lounge in Girona, Madrid and Barcelona. Tickets control will take place before boarding and on-board trains.


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.

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  • "The way to see Europe"

      Craig k. 
    The train trips between cities were very comfortable and relaxing and ideal for rebuilding the stamina to take on the next city. We will definitely do it again!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "good experience but..."

      Bingshin l.  04/01/2015
    good experience, but have to stay super quiet as most traveller sleeping    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Couldn’t be more convenient"

      Michael m.  26/12/2014
    I purchased tickets ahead of time, without really knowing what to expect. The train was on time, easy to find my seat, and had plenty of storage space. It was quiet enough to sleep comfortably in the reclining seats, without disturbing the person behind you. Overall, I would certainly recommend.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Barcelona - Paris"

      Julie c.  26/11/2014
    I was just in Europe for a short business trip and decided to use the train rather than fly so I could see some of the scenery. It didn't disappoint - the views of the sea (including flamingos) and French countryside were lovely.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Sleeper to S.of France"

      Peter w.  16/11/2014
    The connections worked well, both ends. Comfortable sleep and actually arrived early!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Disappointed "

      Lee m.  12/11/2014
    We purchased 1st class seating, but our seats did not recline because of the seats behind us. It made the trip very uncomfortable. I was disappointed and did not feel that I received a better value than coach seating.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Easy"

      Daniel n.  03/11/2014
    We got on the train and six hours later we were in Paris. Not much more to say. It was clean, comfortable, they had coffee and wifi.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "many stops of the train"

      Edith w.  20/10/2014
    The inconvenience was the many stops the train has to do along the trip.We arrived at Narbonne station with one hour of retard. Otherwise,it was a good and silent trip.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "fine but expensive"

      Zeynep Burcu a.  17/10/2014
    No delay, comfortable, but a little expensive    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Toulouse to Barcelona"

      Mauricio t.  17/10/2014
    The trip went perfect. Can not say anything bad at all    Value for money  Convenience
  • "m chow"

      Man Wai c.  16/10/2014
    overall was great. just it take a bit time to get off the train as too many people block in front of the train.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Rained out trip"

      Gerald b.  09/10/2014
    Due to heavy rain we were transferred to busses at Perpignan. There was massive confusion and no one could tell you what was going on. The trip took 7 hours instead on the 2 it should have. I understand that there was a problem that was out of your control but it was badly managed with no information from staff. Complete confusion all along!!!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Fabulous French Trains"

      Bonnie d.  01/10/2014
    I love train travel in France! It has been my experience that the trains are consistently convenient, comfortable and dependable! It's so nice to just relax, look out the window and enjoy the landscape. Thanks for a great trip! Bonnie Davis Dallas, Texas    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Comfort and sightseeing "

      Marina m.  30/09/2014
    Great trip from Barcelona, first class was only a few euros more and totally worth it! Reclining seats which were big and lots of bag storage room. Toilet wasn't that nice but it's a train. The train did have a technical issue and had to stop for 20min in Perpignan and people had to change trains in Montpellier, but that was a quick changeover. Cheaper and easier than flying. Big wide windows and very clean!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Happy staff the highlight"

      Jacinta k.  26/09/2014
    The journey from Barcelona to Montpellier was as you'd expect from a European train: clean, organised and well, high speed. The highlight was one of the catering staff at the canteen who clearly enjoyed his job and life in general and provided joviality and humour to all he served. My group and I enjoyed observing his contentment and how me made everyone smile.    Value for money  Convenience
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