The era of high speed rail travel has transformed taking the train from Paris to Barcelona, so despite the distance, this is a very straightforward journey.
Final Destination: Barcelone (Barcelona)
All trains also call at: Figueres-Vilifant and Girona
Until July 7th
2 x trains per day
July 8th - Sept 3rd
The additional train will depart Paris at 06:56
From Sept 4th - Dec 11th
2 x trains per day
Book early and save: Yes
Online bookings open: up to 6 months ahead of the travel date
On SNCF Connect enter 'Gare de Lyon (Paris)' in the from box, on Trainline select Paris-Gare-de-Lyon.
Seats will automatically be assigned when booking tickets for this journey, but rail pass users will need to be pay a rail pass reservation fee prior to boarding.
If you will be travelling with an InterRail or Eurail pass, there is no viable alternative to taking these trains, if you want to travel from Paris to Barcelona in a single day.
|Ticket Provider||Approximate Cost|
|SNCF Connect||from €39|
|Happy rail||from €39|
On departure the train heading to Barcelona will usually be attached in front of another train which will be terminating in Montpellier.
Therefore the coaches heading to Barcelona will usually be found towards the far end of the voie (platform/track) at the Gare De Lyon
So don't cut it too fine when boarding these trains, if you don't want to hurry, be at the Gare De Lyon at least 5 minutes before the train will be leaving.
On to Madrid
The easiest, but usually more expensive, option for a train [journey from Paris to Madrid]/travel-info-and-tips/international-trains-from-france/) involves making these connections:
(1) Taking the daily train to Barcelona, which typically departs from the Gare De Lyon at 10:14 and usually arrives in Barcelona Sants station at 16:54.
(2) There will then be a choice of connections on from Barcelona to Madrid:
This is a journey of three distinct parts.
1: Between the outskirts of Paris and Nimes the trains travel on the high speed line.
Though what makes the part of the journey between Sete and Perpignan unusual is that between these two towns there are often sea lagoons which can be seen from the left-hand side of the train, particularly south of Narbonne when the railway seems to skim across the surface of the water
As can be seen in the video above, what's unusual and rather fabulous about this part of the journey, as the train leaves Narbonne behind, is that the 'sea' can be seen from both sides of the train.
3, Between Perpignan and Barcelona, the train reverts back to using a high speed line.
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