France-Spain high speed

France-Spain high speed trains are ideal to visit main French and Spanish cities like Paris, Montpellier, Barcelona and Madrid.

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France-Spain high speed network

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
Montpellier-Barcelona2h50
Barcelona-Toulouse3h02
Marseille-Barcelona4h17
Lyon-Barcelona4h53
Montpellier-Madrid5h36
Paris-Barcelona6h25
Marseille-Madrid7h03

Booking & Ticket delivery

Booking :
  • France-Spain high speed tickets are open for booking 90 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.

Ticket delivery 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

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.

Onboard

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.


Highlights

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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    "Review"

      Usamah a. 
    It was an excellent trip but the food is really terrible    Value for money  Convenience

    "Good"

      Kenneth c.  12/02/2014
    Hope to include Wifi service    Value for money  Convenience

    "Very comfortable trip"

      Steve c.  06/02/2014
    The train ride was very comfortable and on time. Will definitely do it again.    Value for money  Convenience

    "Seat with a View"

      Justin d.  30/01/2014
    Is exactly what it was. I could have flown for 1/3 of the price to take the train and been there in about an hour instead of 6.5, but I opted to take the train to see the landscape in the northern Spain and southern France. Both were exquisite, but next time I will probably just fly.    Value for money  Convenience

    "Very comfortable"

      Veronica h.  28/01/2014
    I would have liked to be told if there are any free seats available to spread out, because there were a lot of free seats but i didn't know if i was allowed to sit in them. otherwise very good.    Value for money  Convenience

    "overpriced"

      Samantha d.  23/01/2014
    I feel that the tickets are overpriced. It's between 130 and 170euros to travel one way between Barcelona and Paris (260-340€ return). Ideally i want to be making this return journey at least once a month but i can't find any special deals to make this plausible.    Value for money  Convenience

    "TGV Nimes to Barcelona"

      Winifred h.  16/01/2014
    Great way to travel    Value for money  Convenience

    "Great"

      Ehab a.  05/01/2014
    Train was comfy , and reached distination in time, instructions in 3 languages, just hope they are said slower Thank you    Value for money  Convenience

    "Paris to Figueres by TGV train"

      Siew Kiak t.  22/12/2013
    First time traveling by TGV, my family feel very happy and comfortable with the seat. But the toilet at upper deck do not have water to wash our hands and need to head down to lower deck toilet.    Value for money  Convenience