There are no direct trains from Barcelona to Bordeaux so a change of train is required.
The optimum route is to make a connection in Narbonne, but you will have around 1hr 45min to wait for the train on to Bordeaux, so the connection is virtually guaranteed.
So theoretically you'll have time to explore beautiful Narbonne between trains, though the station is at least a 15 min walk from Narbonne's town centre.
There are no direct trains from Barcelona to Bordeaux and on the days when it departs, the direct train from Barcelona to Toulouse, arrives too late in Toulouse to make connections on to Bordeaux.
So this routing is the optimum train journey from Barcelona to Bordeaux.
The scheduled connection in Narbonne allows around 1hr 30mins to make the connecting train on to Bordeaux.
So a plus is that making the connection can be virtually guaranteed, but a negative is that Narbonne isn't a particularly comfortable station, in which to spend that long waiting for a train.
Set off from Barcelona on the 08:15 train heading to Lyon and you should arrive in Bordeaux at 15:27; or depart Barcelona on the 10:05 train heading to Paris and you should arrive in Bordeaux at 17:26.
2 x connection per day
Change trains in: Narbonne
Book early and save: Yes
Online bookings open: 3 months ahead of the travel date
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Final Destination: Paris or Lyon or Marseille
Aim to be at Barcelona Sants a minimum of 20 mins before departure, in order to allow time to pass through the security checks.
At Barcelona Sants station these trains to France depart from the part of the station used by the Spanish high speed trains - vias (platforms/tracks) 1 - 6.
So when you're in the station follow the signs that are pointing the way to the ' Alta-Velocidad' trains.
Between Barcelona and Perpignan the train travels on a high speed line.
2. Then between Perpignan and Narbonne the train crosses the marsh land by the sea and it will seem as though the train is gliding across the water; the sea can be seen on the right, while simultaneously the lakes can be seen on the left
The videos were filmed from a train travelling in the opposite direction.
Final Destination: Bordeaux
This train also calls at: Toulouse; Montauban, Agen and Marmande
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