Final Destination: Toulouse or Barcelona
These trains also call at: Nimes, Montpellier and Beziers
Mon - Thursday: 4 x trains per day
Fri/Sat: 5 x trains per day
Sunday: 4 x trains
Book early and save: Yes
Online bookings usually open: up to 6 months ahead of the travel date - but bookings can open sooner when SNCF is running a promotion.
When booking 2nd class tickets only one type of ticket will be available per departure, discounted 'Prems' tickets or 'Seconde' tickets; though the price of Seconde tickets are also typically cheaper when they are first placed on sale.
When booking 1st class tickets there will be a choice of Premiere tickets and Business Premiere tickets.
The two key T&Cs of booking Prems, Seconde, or Premiere tickets are:
Though if you book Business Premiere tickets, the key T&Cs are that tickets can be exchanged and refunded free of charge up to 30 minutes after departure, so if you get to the station just too late to miss the train you were originally booked on to, you won't lose out financially.
Seats will automatically be assigned when booking tickets for this journey, but rail pass users will need to be pay a reservation fee prior to boarding these TGV trains.
The price is dictated by demand per departure, so book ahead and try and be flexible re: your departure and arrival times, as trains leaving earlier or later can be cheaper.
Expect to pay more for this journey between the beginning of June and mid-September, particularly if you will be travelling on a Friday or Saturday, as the most heavily discounted tickets inevitably sell out faster at times of particularly high demand.
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The train which is usually scheduled to depart from Lyon at 14:35 is the RENFE (Spanish) high speed train, which will be heading to Barcelone (French spelling).
This is a journey of two distinct phases.
Between Lyon and Nimes the train travels at more than 280km/h on the high speed line.
Then after Montpellier the railway line follows the coast, don't expect incredible seascapes, but there are some nice views on the left.
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