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Major Changes to services between France and Spain

Update! The direct trains on the Barcelona ↔ Lyon route resume from July 13th and those on the Madrid ↔ Marseille return from July 28th.

| Last Updated: 12 months ago

Since the opening of the cross-border high-speed line which links Perpignan in France with Figueres in Spain, the French national rail company SNCF and the Spanish national rail company, Renge had collaborated on the services which use it.
A long-term agreement was reached in which the two companies worked together on the marketing and shared revenues, with SNCF providing the trains used on the Paris ↔ Barcelona route and Renfe providing the trains used on the L ↔ Barcelona and Marseille ↔ Madrid route.

This agreement between SNCF and Renfe was discontinued in 2022, so when the major annual timetable change occurred on December 11th, the direct trains between both Lyon and Marseille and the Spanish cities were removed.

SNCF has still been providing the direct TGV InOui service trains on the Paris ↔ Barcelona route, so there has been two daily Paris ↔ Barcelona departures per day year round, plus and additional third summer service, and for the past 7 months these have been the only services using the cross border high-speed line!

But, Renfe is bringing back the Lyon ↔ Barcelona and Marseille ↔ Madrid trains.
The service is also to be re-launched with special promotional 'Promocion' tickets already on sale.

Initially both the Barcelona ↔ Lyon and the Madrid ↔ Marseille services will be available on four days per week from Fridays to Mondays, with the trains to and from Lyon available from July 13th and the services to/from Marseille will commence on July 28th.


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