The number of daily trains from Barcelona to Montpellier has been reduced on the new timetable as the direct Spanish trains have been withdrawn, leaving only the French TGV trains as the only option for a direct journey between these two cities.
The French national rail company SNCF and the Spanish rail company Renfe have opted to terminate their partnership which jointly managed the service of high speed trains between France and Spain.
As a result the long-standing Spanish trains between Barcelona and Montpellier have been withdrawn, leaving only the two TGV trains, which are typically scheduled to depart at 10:33 and 14:32.
Until July 7th
2 x trains per day
July 8th - Sept 3rd
The additional train will depart Barcelona at 16:10
From Sept 4th - Dec 11th
2 x trains per day
Book early and save: Yes
Online bookings open: 6 months ahead of the travel date
When looking for tickets on Trainline tick the 'fastest journeys' box, on Oui.SNCF tick the 'direct trains' box,
Though it can be worth comparing the prices between booking agents for this journey.
Seats will automatically be assigned when booking tickets for this journey.
Rail pass users will need to be pay a reservation fee prior to boarding, but these reservations cannot be booked on the ticket agent's websites.
If you want the peace of mind of reserving before arriving at a Spanish station, you will need to use the Eurail and InterRail booking services to reserve your seats - and pay the booking fee for doing so.
Or if you will be travelling with a rail pass, you can avoid paying any reservation fees at all by taking a train from Barcelona to Cerbére - and then connecting there for a TER train on to Montpellier.
|Ticket Provider||Approximate Cost|
|SNCF Connect||from €29|
|Happy rail||from €29|
Final Destination: Paris
Most trains also call at: Beziers
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.
Then between Perpignan and Montpellier the train follows the coast, don't expect incredible seascapes, but there are some nice views as the train threads through the marshes - particularly north of Perpignan.
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