The usual daily direct train from Madrid to Montpellier has been now resumed following a two year suspension.
1 x train per day usually
Book early and save: Yes
Online bookings open: up to 4 months ahead of the travel date
This trains is usually scheduled to depart from Madrid Atocha daily at 13:25, so target that time when looking up this journey
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:
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.
Though you can avoid a booking fee if you do reserve at a Spanish station.
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This journey showcases European train travel at its best.
With its fantastic contrasts between the sweeping vistas across the Spanish plains and the coastal views in France - though you won't see the latter if you make this journey between October and March.
This is also a journey of two distinct parts.
From Madrid to Barcelona:
From Figures to Perpignan:
Though you'll need to travelling when days are longer to experience this landscape as the train travels by the coast after 18:00
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