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
Sat - Sun: 6 x trains per day
Book early and save: Yes
Online bookings usually open: up to 6 months ahead of the travel date.
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.
SNCF Connect will indicate the cheapest prices per day.
|Ticket Provider||Approximate Cost|
|SNCF Connect||from €55|
|Download the SNCF Connect App||from €55|
|Save A Train||from €55|
|Happy rail||from €55|
|Rail Europe||from €55|
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.
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.
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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