Paris to Barcelona train

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1st class table for two on a Paris to Barcelona train

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, 6h39 from Paris.  Flying takes 4-5 disjointed hours with 10 times the CO2 emissions. 

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Mt Canigou seen from the Paris-Barcelona train

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

Paris to Barcelona by train from €39

Double-deck TGV Duplex high-speed trains link Paris Gare de Lyon with Figueres, Girona & Barcelona at up to 320 km/h (199 mph).  Paris to Barcelona takes a leisurely 6h45 city centre to city centre for the 1,073 km (667 miles), compared to a tedious 5 hours by air once ground transportation, check-in time and airport security are included.  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.  Watch the video guide.

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Train times southbound 2024

 Paris ► Barcelona

Days of running:

6 July to

 1 Sept





 Paris Gare de Lyon depart:




 Nimes Centre




 Montpelier St Roche depart:




 Perpignan depart:




 Figueres Vilafant arrive:




 Girona arrive:




 Barcelona Sants arrive:




Train times northbound 2024

 Barcelona ► Paris

Days of running:





6 July to

1 Sept

 Barcelona Sants depart:




 Girona depart:




 Figueres Vilafant depart:




 Perpignan arrive:




 Montpelier St Roche arrive:




 Nimes Centre arrive:




 Paris Gare de Lyon arrive:




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

You can check train times for your date of travel at, or

Paris to Barcelona by train is 1,073 km (667 miles).  These TGVs average around 105 mph including stops.

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

Paris Gare de Lyon station guide & map   Barcelona Sants station guide & map

The sleeper alternative:  For sleeper trains between Paris & Barcelona see here.

How much does it cost?

 Paris to Barcelona

 by TGV-Duplex

2nd class

1st class

One way


One way


 Advance-purchase fares:

From €39

From €78

From €59

From €118

 Full-price flexible fare:





 Child 4 to 11 inclusive:





 Child 0 to 3 inclusive:

Free if not occupying its own seat.  €9 with a seat.

 Railpass fare:

See passholder reservation fees & how to book them here.

 Dogs & pets (see here):

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

Cheap fares = Prems, Mini, Essential 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.

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Route map

Paris to Barcelona train route map


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Highlighted = Paris-Barcelona TGV route.

Red = high-speed lines.  Green = scenic sections

Black = conventional lines.

Reproduced from the excellent European Rail Map with kind permission of the European Rail Timetable people.

I recommend buying the European Rail Map and a copy of the European Rail Timetable, they ship worldwide,

European Rail Timetable and map

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What's the train like?

TGV Duplex at Paris Gare de Lyon

TGV Duplex at Paris Gare de Lyon. These 320 km/h double-deckers link Paris with Barcelona.  Watch the video.

Cafe-bar on a Paris to Barcelona train   Upper deck 2nd class seats on a Paris to Barcelona train

Cafe-bar on upper deck in car 4 (or 14), serving tea, coffee, wine, beer, snacks & microwaved hot dishes.


2nd class seats, on upper deck with a mix of tables for 4 & unidirectional seating.  360º photo..

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

1st class seats on upper deck, club duo on the left, club quatre on the right. 360º photo.


A TGV Duplex.  The 1 near the door indicates 1st class, a 2 indicates 2nd class.

TGV Duplex:  Stairs to upper deck   TGV Duplex:  Power outlets   TGV Duplex:  Luggage racks

Stairs to upper deck. Just 9 wide, shallow steps, with double handrails.


Power sockets:  All seats in both classes have power sockets, 2-pin 230v.  Your train may have WiFi, whilst in France.


Luggage racks.  There are luggage racks both upstairs and downstairs, both at the car ends and (as here) between the seats.

TGV Duplex entrance hall   Upper deck landing on a TGV Duplex

Entrance: Door to lower deck seating on left, toilet on right, stairs to upper deck on the far side on the right.


Upper deck landing.  Toilet on the left, door to upper deck seating ahead, gangway to the adjacent car behind camera.

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What's the journey like?

Paris Gare de Lyon

1.  Paris Gare de Lyon.  The train to Barcelona leaves from the magnificent Gare de Lyon in central Paris.  See Gare de Lyon information page.

Paris Gare de Lyon Hall 1, platforms A to N

Hall 1 at the Gare de Lyon.  The TGV may leave from Hall 1 or Hall 2, see the Paris Gare de Lyon station page.

The Train Bleu restaurant, Paris Gare de Lyon   The Train Bleu restaurant's bar

How about lunch at the amazing Train Bleu restaurant in Hall 1 of the Gare de Lyon before catching the Barcelona Express?  Or just have a coffee or beer in the bar (above right), which makes an excellent VIP waiting lounge.

Scenery from the train between Paris & Lyon

2.  Paris to the outskirts of Lyon.  The train leaves the Gare de Lyon and joins the high-speed line, accelerating smoothly to 300 km/h through the Paris suburbs, soon emerging into open country.  Between Paris and the outskirts of Lyon the train runs through undulating countryside with villages and stone-built farms nestling in small valleys.

Scenery from the train along the Rhone Valley

3.  Rhone Valley. South of Lyon the train powers down the rural Rhone Valley, past more pretty French villages with picturesque churches and the occasional chateau.

Hilltop village in the Rhone Valley seen from the Paris to Barcelona train

Watch for hilltop villages.

Mountains as seen from a Paris-Barcelona TGV train

On a clear day you can see the snow-capped French Alps in the distance to the left, and the dark line of the Massif central mountains on the far side of the valley to the right.

Crossing the Rhone with views of the Chateau de Montfaucon

4.  The Rhone & Chateau de Montfaucon.  Between Valence and Nîmes the train crosses a broad stretch of the River Rhone with a view of the wine-producing Chateau de Montfaucon on the right,

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

5.  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 (yes, the photo above right was taken from the train, these all were!). 

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

The glistening Mediterranean, seen from the train   Countless vineyards!

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


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

Watch for flamingos on the etangs in the Midi!

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

The Fort de Salses seen from the Paris-Barcelona train   View from the train

9. 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

Mt Canigou in the Pyrenees

10.  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

Mt Canigou in the Pyrenees

11.  Arrival at Barcelona SantsPhoto courtesy of Brian's Coffee SpotBarcelona Sants is a modern station in central Barcelona, with plenty of taxis, and a metro to all parts of Barcelona.  There are left luggage lockers (consigna).  More about Barcelona Sants station.

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

X-ray check when boarding in Barcelona:  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.  There are usually 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 about Barcelona Sants station.

Video guide: Barcelona to Paris

A journey from Barcelona to Paris by TGV Duplex, showing train & scenery.

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