Paris to Perpignan by train

How to take a train journey from Paris to Perpignan

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Routes

From Paris Gare de Lyon/Paris Lyon to Perpignan

Journey Summary

Travel Time
from 4h59min
Frequency
Daily
Travel Information

Note that these trains to Perpignan depart from the Gare De Lyon in Paris.

Final Destination: Barcelone or Perpignan.

All trains also call at: Narbonne

Most trains also call at: Beziers

The fastest trains from Paris to Perpignan now take an extension of the high speed line, which by-passes Nimes and Montpellier.
As a result around 15 mins have been shaved off the journey time if you take these trains, providing Perpignan with its fastest ever trains from Paris.

Mon - Thurs: 6 x trains per day
Friday: 7 x trains
Saturday: 6 x trains
Sunday: 5 x trains

Tickets

Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings usually open: 4 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:

  1. Up until two days prior to departure, these types of tickets can be refunded for no additional charge (big tick), but a €15 fee will be payable for making a refund in the two days prior to departure.
  2. It's also possible to exchange tickets to an alternative departure on the same journey, but you will have to pay any difference in price between the cost you paid and the cost at the time of the exchange.

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.

SNCF Connect will indicate the cheapest prices per day.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
SNCF Connect from €55

SNCF Connect Guide

SNCF is the national rail operator in France and not so long ago it recently simplified both the range of tickets and the term and conditions of using them.
Therefore the cheapest tickets also become more flexible too.

Other improvements included a simple integration of travelling with bicycles and rail pass users being able to book reservations for national journeys, without paying booking fees.

And it also recently launched SNCF Connect as replacement for its Oui.SNCF booking service.
You can set up a low price alert to let you know when the cheapest price is available for a future journey.

Something else to look out for is that simplest way of travelling with tickets is to use the SNCF Connect App, as booked tickets can therefore be stored on your mobile device, which can then be shown to the train conductors as proof of purchase.

SNCF Connect on Google Play

SNCF Connect in the App (Apple) store

SNCF also operates RailEurope, which is in effect a dedicated online booking service for making bookings from outside of Europe.
If you reside outside of Europe you may discover that SNCF Connect rejects phone numbers or card numbers, but RailEurope won't do so.
Though RailEurope will add booking fees when making a purchase

Download the SNCF Connect App from €55
SaveATrain from €55

SaveATrain Guide

Happyrail from €55

Happyrail Guide

Happy Rail is a Netherlands rail ticket agency which sells tickets for both national and international journeys within a range of countries including Belgium France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland.

HappyRail doesn't charge booking fees in the conventional sense, but if you're not Dutch you can expect to pay additional transaction fees, which will be added to the total cost.
That's because the most common form of online payment used in The Netherlands is 'iDEAL' and HappyRail doesn't charge a transaction fee for 'iDEAL' payments, but only Dutch residents can sign up to 'iDEAL'.
Other forms of payment include Visa debit cards will incur a fee.

Trainline from €55

Trainline Guide

RailEurope from €55

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - NoHigh Speed (partial)

Good to Know

Some of the trains from Paris to Narbonne are the 'RENFE-SNCF' services heading to Barcelona, but the TGV Duplex trains used for these departures are no different in terms of journey experience and on-board facliities to the trains which only operate in France.

From the left of the train between Narbonne and Perpignan #1 From the left of the train between Narbonne and Perpignan #1
From the left of the train between Narbonne and Perpignan #2 From the left of the train between Narbonne and Perpignan #2

This is a journey of three distinct parts.

1: Between the outskirts of Paris and Nimes or Sete the trains travel on the high speed line.

  1. From Sete to Perpignan the trains follow the coast, but don't expect incredible seascapes, the sea is often just out of sight on the right, but you're more likely to see it from the upper deck

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, 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.

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