Paris-Barcelona TGV at Figueres
 

A first class 'club duo' table for two on the upper deck of the TGV Duplex train to Barcelona

Relax with a glass of red at a 1st class upper deck table for 2 on a TGV Duplex from Paris to Barcelona.  Speed along the Rhone Valley at 186mph past pretty French villages, watch for the flamingos on the étangs (lakes) in the South of France with glimpses of the Mediterranean.  Skirt the Pyrenees to arrive in central Barcelona, 6h25 from Paris.  Flying takes 4-5 disjointed hours with 10 times the CO2 emissions. 

See the photos...  Watch the video...

Mt Canigou is visible from the Paris-Barcelona train for many miles

Mt Canigou (2,784m) in the Pyrenees is clearly visible on your right as your train leaves Perpignan & heads into Spain...

Paris to Barcelona from €59...   Watch the video!

On 15 December 2013, direct double-decker TGV Duplex high-speed trains started running from Paris Gare de Lyon to Figueres, Girona & Barcelona at up to 200mph.  Paris to Barcelona centre to centre in around 6h25, compared to almost 5 hours by air once ground transportation, check-in time and airport security are included.  Usually 2 trains per day, this increases to 4 trains a day in summer.  Forget flying, chill out with a glass or two of red wine and enjoy the ride along the scenic Rhone Valley, watch for the flocks of flamingos on the étangs (lakes) in the south of France, and glimpse the coast and the Pyrenees before arriving in the centre of Barcelona...

  Paris-Barcelona TGV timetable

  How much does it cost? 

  How to buy tickets

  What's the train like?

  What's the journey like?

  Travel tips - definitely read these!

  Overnight trains between Paris & Barcelona

  Suggested hotels in Barcelona near the station or Old Quarter

  Train travel in Spain, a beginner's guide

  European train travel general information:  Luggage, dogs, bikes etc.

Train times...

 Paris ► Barcelona

 

Daily

*

Daily

**

 Paris Gare de Lyon depart:

07:15

10:07

14:07

16:07

 Montpelier St Roche depart:

10:37

13:37

17:37

19:41

 Perpignan depart:

12:09

15:14

19:13

21:21

 Figueres Vilafant arrive:

12:32

15:35

19:35

21:45

 Girona arrive:

12:49

15:52

19:52

22:02

 Barcelona Sants arrive:

13:30

16:33

20:33

22:33

Read downwards, each column is a train you can take.

* = This train will run from 5 July 2015 to 30 August 2015.

** = This train will run from 30 March to 30 August 2015.

 Barcelona ► Paris

 

*

Daily

**

Daily

 Barcelona Sants depart:

06:05

09:25

13:25

16:25

 Girona depart:

06:46

10:06

14:06

17:06

 Figueres Vilafant depart:

07:03

10:23

14:23

17:18

 Perpignan arrive:

07:31

10:46

14:46

17:44

 Montpelier St Roche arrive:

09:19

12:23

16:20

19:23

 Paris Gare de Lyon arrive:

12:45

15:53

19:53

22:45

Always check train times when you book.

Barcelona Sants station:  Map of Barcelona showing location of railway station.

Figueres Vilafant station is 5 kilometres from Figueres city centre, taxis available.

How much does it cost?

 Paris to Barcelona

 by TGV-Duplex...

2nd class

1st class

One way

Return

One way

Return

 Advance-purchase fares:

From €59

From €118

From €99

From €198

 Full-price flexible fare:

€170

-

€221

-

 Child 4 to 11 inclusive:

€102

-

€132

-

 Child 0 to 3 inclusive:

Free if not occupying its own seat.

 Railpass fare:

InterRail & Eurail passholders pay £23 (€26) 2nd class, £30 (€33) 1st class.

 Dogs & pets (see here):

Small dog less than 10Kg in a pet carrier £53 each way.  Guide dogs free.

Slightly higher fares may apply June-September.

Cheap fares = Prems or Leisure fares = Book in advance, price varies like air fares, limited or no refunds or changes.

Full-price = Refundable and flexible.  There are no senior or youth reductions.

Child fare = Child 4-11 years, use an adult special fare if cheaper, as it often is. Children under 4 free.

How to buy tickets...

What's the train like?          Watch the video

TGV Duplex at Paris Gare de Lyon   Upper deck second class on board a TGV Duplex.

TGV Duplex at Paris Gare de Lyon. These 200 mph double-deckers link Paris with Barcelona.  Watch TGV Duplex video.

 

2nd class table for 4 on TGV Duplex upper deck...

TGV Duplex cafe-bar   TGV Duplex upper deck 2nd class seats

The cafe-bar on the upper deck in car 4, serving tea, coffee, soft drinks, wine, beer, snacks & microwave-style hot dishes....

 

2nd class seats, this is upper deck seating.  There's a mix or tables for 4 and unidirectional seating.

First class on board a TGV Duplex   An TGV Duplex at Paris Est.

1st class seats on the upper deck, with a club duo on the left, a club quatre on the right.

 

A TGV Duplex at Barcelona Sants.  The red near the door indicates 1st class, pale green indicates 2nd class.

What's the journey like?

Paris Gare de Lyon, from where the TGV trains to Barcelona leave   The Train Bleu restaurant at Paris Gare de Lyon

1.  Paris Gare de Lyon & the Train Bleu restaurant...   The train to Barcelona leaves from the magnificent Gare de Lyon in central Paris.  I recommend booking an earlier Eurostar and having lunch or at least a drink in the bar at the wonderful Train Bleu restaurant (pictured above right) inside the Gare de Lyon before catching your train to Spain.

Scenery from the train along the Rhone Valley

2.  The Rhone Valley...  The train soon joins the high-speed line and accelerates smoothly to 186mph through the Paris suburbs, soon emerging into open country.  The train powers down the rural Rhone Valley, past pretty French villages with picturesque churches and the occasional castle.  On a clear day you can see the snow-capped French Alps in the far distance to the left, and the dark line of the Massif central mountains on the far side of the valley to the right.

Lunch from the cafe-bar on the train to Barcelona   The hilltop cathedral at Beziers

3.  Béziers...  The train calls at Nimes and Montpelier, then passes non-stop through Béziers station.  As the train crosses the River Orb just west of the station, look right for a great view of Béziers' 13th century cathedral

Above left, lunch from the cafe-bar, a magret de canard avec pommes de terre and some red wine from the cafe-bar.  By all means bring your own picnic and bottle of wine! 

The glistening Mediterranean, seen from the train   Countless vineyards!

4.  The Mediterranean coast...  Between Montpellier & Perpignan the train skirts the glistening Mediterranean coastline with deserted beaches & marshland...

 

5.  Vineyards.  The train passes countless vineyards.  Glass o' red from the bar car, anyone?

Watch for flamingos on the etangs in the Midi!

6.  Étangs & flamingos...  The train passes numerous étangs (lakes), where flocks of flamingos stand one-legged in the shallows.

 

7. The Fort de Salses...  Just before Perpignan, the train passes by the impressive Fort de Salses on the right, a 15th-century Catalan fortress captured in 1642 and French-held ever since, see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_de_Salses.

Mt Canigou in the Pyrenees

8.  Mt Canigou & the Pyrenees...  One of the highest peaks in the mighty Pyrenees, the 2,784m (9,137 feet) high Mt Canigou dominates the skyline on the right all the way from Perpignan to Girona, see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canigou.

X-ray baggage check at access to platforms 1-6, Barcelona Sants   Barcelona Sants

9.  Barcelona Sants station...  A modern station in central Barcelona, with plenty of taxis, and a metro to all parts of Barcelona.  There are left luggage lockers (consigna) and a Sala Club 1st class lounge which you can use if you have a 1st class ticket for the TGV for up to 2 hours before it departs, although not on arrival.  More information about Barcelona Sants.

X-ray check when boarding:  At Spanish stations including Barcelona Sants, there's a quick X-ray check of all baggage before you can go onto the high-speed platforms, which includes boarding a northbound TGV to France.  The photo above left shows the X-ray machines at the access point to platforms 1-6 at Barcelona Sants.  There are no metal detectors, so you can carry what you like on your person, it's only your baggage that's checked.  Make sure that any (perfectly legal) penknives, corkscrews etc are in your pockets not your baggage so don't get scanned, to avoid a jobsworth refusing to allow them on, as happened to one passenger.  There is no such check at any French station, where there is free & easy access to the trainMore information about Barcelona Sants station.


Watch the video...

Barcelona to Paris by TGV Duplex.

The video takes you on a journey by TGV Duplex from Barcelona to Paris, showing the train & scenery...

 

 

 

 

 

Travel tips...


Overnight trains between Paris & Barcelona...Couchette on the Paris-Nice overnight train

Suggested hotels in Barcelona...
  • ...close to Barcelona Sants station, for an overnight stop.

    If you're only stopping in Barcelona briefly between trains, a hotel close to Barcelona Sants station might be best.  Here are some near the station with good or great reviews:  Hotel Barcelo Sants (4-star, situated directly above Barcelona Sants station itself, around £79-£120 per night), Gran Hotel Torre Catalunya (4-star, around £95-£110, across the road from the station), Hotel Just Style (around £105), AC Hotel Sants by Marriott (4-star from around £85, located just 50m from the station), Hotel Catalonia Roma (3-star from around £79), Hostal Baler (2-star from around £58), Hotel Transit (1-star from around £58 per night).

  • ...or in the heart of the old city, for a longer stay...

    For a longer stay, get a hotel in the old quarter, perhaps on or near La Rambla itself, such as the following hotels with good or great reviews:  Hotel DO Plaça Reial (5-star, fabulous, around £200+), Hotel Espana (4-star, around £190, one of Barcelona's most historic & well-known hotels in a quiet location just off La Rambla), Hotel MonteCarlo (4-star), Hotel Jazz (3-star with roof-top pool, from around £160 per night), Hotel Catalonia Portal de l'Angel (3-star with outdoor swimming pool, Gothic quarter, around £130 for a double), Hotel Curious (2-star, 50m from Las Ramblas, from around £90 for a double)


Suggested hotels in Paris...
  • Hotels near the Gare de Lyon with good reviewsHotel Terminus Lyon (right in front of the station, 3-star, doubles €139);  Mercure Paris Gare de Lyon (on the station itself, 4-star, doubles €120);   Novotel Paris Gare de Lyon (opposite the station, 4-star, doubles €139);  Mistral Hotel (800m from Gare de Lyon, 1-star, doubles €68);  Hotel de Reims (5 min walk from Gare de Lyon, 2-star, doubles €86);

  • For something special...  There's the famous & flashy Paris Ritz in the Place Vendôme of course (over €500 a night) or the similarly-priced Le Meurice, but if you want a really special hotel for a luxury break or romantic weekend and can afford to splurge around €290 a night, I'd recommend the small, sumptuous and intimate L'Hotel.  It's on the bohemian left bank, walking distance from the Seine, the Ile de la Cité & Notre Dame.  Oscar Wilde spent the last days of his life here in room 16, and the hotel has been used by many famous people from Sinatra to Mick Jagger.  Rooms are on the cosy side, but they are beautifully decorated and have character that other hotels lack.



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