France-Spain High Speed Train
The France-Spain High Speed Train. High speed happiness.
- Paris - Barcelona: 06:19
- Book up to 120 days in advance
- High Speed trains
France-Spain High Speed Train
What does the most popular travel destination in Europe and one of its geographically largest countries have in common ? A singular great way to travel : the France - Spain High Speed train. SNCF and RENFE have combined their experience to offer the first high speed trains between France and Spain. This new SNCF-RENFE cooperation offers service between 17 cities in France and Spain including Paris, Lyon and Marseille to Barcelona, and Marseille to Madrid. It’s not just the great cities it connects that make it special, but how quickly it connects them. Go from Paris o Barcelona in just 6 hours 25 minutes, with up to 4 departures daily. Barcelona to Lyon takes just under 5 hours, and it makes Barcelona to Marseille possible in 4 hours, 17 minutes. On the France-Spain High Speed train, you can pirouette from Barcelona to Toulouse in just over 3 hours, or leave the bull behind going from Madrid to Marseille in 7 hours, 3 minutes.
Trains to Paris will be Euroduplex cars— double-decker train cars traveling at almost 200 mph. Trains to Toulouse, Lyon & Marseille will be almost as fast, with refurbished wooden parquet and leather seats in 1st class.
Family-friendly economy class is also available. Regardless of train, you’ll find a power outlet near your seat, which seems most fitting. Not only will you have the opportunity to recharge the batteries of your electronics, but your own…with nothing to do but enjoy yourself, the passing landscapes, and the company. Book your France-Spain High Speed train ticket with Rail Europe. You’ll see it’s simply perfect, and perfectly simple.
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- France-Spain High Speed Train tickets are open for booking 120 days ahead.
- Get the lowest prices by booking early and don’t wait until the last minute as cheaper seats sell the fastest.
- Opt for off-peak trains when you have to travel short notice. They are more affordable than morning and evening trains along with those running on holiday eves, Friday and Sunday afternoon.
A class apart
Classes of service
|Second class||First class|
|Lounge at the station Enjoy the atmosphere and services of the Business lounge in Spain, perfect to relax or catch up on some work before your trip.|
|Generous legroom Watch rolling landscapes pass with room to stretch your legs.|
|Bar buffet car Choose from a variety of tasty snacks and beverages, for purchase, to enjoy on your journey.|
|Spacious seats Make yourself at home as you journey from one city to the next in a comfy leather seat with headrest.|
|Reclining seats Make yourself at home as you journey from one city to the next in a comfy reclining seat.|
|Power sockets Keep your phone, laptop, or other devices charged while sitting in your seat.|
|Audio system* As you watch the landscape roll by, be even more inspired listening to your favorite songs.|
|In-car video screens* While the scenery outside provides plenty of entertainment, some cars are also equipped with video screens.|
*Available on Lyon-Barcelona, Marseille-Barcelona-Madrid, and Toulouse-Barcelona routes only.
Common Questions, Simple Answers
Q. I understand that some of the train stations in Italy now have gates. How do I get to my train ?
A. Some of the high traffic train stations in Italy, such as Milan Centrale, Rome Termini, and Florence Santa Maria Novella stations now have entry/exit gates. Access through these gates is exclusively reserved for ticket holders. It is suggested that you have your print at home or print at the station ticket ready to present upon arriving at these security gates.
Q. I'm looking to book a train on your site but I can't find it, why ?
A. We know it can be frustrating when what you’re looking for is not displaying, let us help, as there could be several reasons for this happening.
1. It could be the case that it is too soon to book the train you wish to travel on. Typically, trains can be booked 3 months in advance. Of course, this can vary by carrier and time of year. Some trains have a longer booking horizon.
2. The train or fare you are looking for is not available. Depending on the time of year, time of day, or train you are looking for, it could be the case that there are no available seats for booking. If your travel dates are flexible, you can select an alternate travel dates to see if the train you are looking for displays.
3. Scheduled track work or maintenance could be scheduled for the day/time you are looking to travel. Carriers will close reservations for these scheduled dates, meaning they will not appear on our site to book.
4. Some trains are private lines or operated by carriers that do not allow other distributors to offer them. In these cases, tickets will need to be secured locally at the station.
Q. I have a question about my promo code. Who should I contact ?
A.Please contact us via our Contact Us page with any questions about promo codes.
Q. Can I bring my bike on board ?
A. In general, bicycles can be taken with you as carry-on luggage, free of charge on just about any national or international train- if you put it in a bike bag. In the bike bag, the wheels, pedals and handlebars must be removed.
In addition, many European trains allow bikes in a special bike compartment for free or a small fee. If there is a fee, it’s typically about 5-15 Euros per journey. Bikes are typically permitted on local & regional trains in most countries, at least outside peak travel hours.
Many inter-city trains also allow bikes, however not in Spain. And in France only a few French TGVs allow bikes that aren’t in a bike bag. Some TGV-Lyria trains between Paris & Switzerland also allow bikes. Paris-Madrid & Paris-Barcelona night trains only allow bikes if they’re in a bike bag and if you & your fellow travellers occupy the entire sleeper compartment. Overnight Thello sleeper trains & daytime TGV trains between Paris & Italy only allow bikes in a bike bag. Thalys trains between Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam & Cologne only allow bikes in bike bags. Long-distance trains into Eastern Europe such as Cologne-Moscow, Bucharest-Istanbul or Budapest-Sofia only allow bikes in bike bags, primarily because these trains don’t have luggage compartments.
Lastly, some trains, primarily in the UK, will require advance reservations for bicycles. These reservations will need to be made locally at the station.
Q. What does “Activate my rail pass mean and how do I do it ?
A. Activating your rail pass officially begins the clock on its travel period. This is done by having a railway official stamp and date your rail pass. Simply visit the ticket window at the train station before boarding your first train to have your pass activated. Most rail passes must be activated within 11 months of the purchase date. Boarding a train without activating your rail pass you risk being fined by the conductor.
Q. Do I need to buy a reservation if I already have a rail pass ? How do I book one ?
A. If you plan to travel on a high speed, scenic, or overnight train, you will need a reservation as many of these types of trains require them - even if you have a rail pass. Seat reservations guarantee you a seat on the train you wish to travel on. While additional fees apply, many trains offer reduced fares to passholders. When you reserve your train, be sure to check the box that states "I have a rail pass", this will allow our system to find the best fare possible for your journey.
Q. Does your website display all trains operating for the route searched ?
A. We strive to provide the most comprehensive European rail booking engine online. We have specific partnerships with most European railroads. These partnerships determine the extent to which we are able to provide complete and accurate schedules through our booking engine.
For many countries, our schedules match the complete offerings of the European train companies. But occasionally, some train companies do not load schedules for all local trains. Also, schedules for certain private trains may not be available through our booking engine.
Q. Will there be someone to help me find my reserved seat on the train ?
A. Generally speaking, train cars and seats are prominently marked. If you have any trouble finding your reserved seat, one of the conductors on the platform or onboard the train will be able to assist you.
Q. My plans have changed and I won’t be able to use my rail pass. Can I get a refund ?
A. You can submit your rail pass for a refund. Please be advised that there is a 15% penalty. Only unused and unvalidated (non-activated) rail passes can be refunded. The pass must be returned to Rail Europe, along with a brief letter mentioning the original reference number of the booking. It’s strongly recommended that you send these documents by some type of traceable mail for proof of delivery.
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Please visit our Cancellation and Refunds page for more information.
Q. Where can I find more information about European train stations ?
A. We offer valuable information on the most popular train stations in Europe. You can find a link to our Train Station page in the footer on any page on the website.