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Barcelona to Lyon by train

Prices explained

Prices explained

At Rail Europe we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Rail Europe searches to estimate the cheapest fares you should be able to find for your journey.

The cheapest price is the lowest fare we've ever found for this journey. These prices can usually be found by searching when booking opens but they vary due to availability, which depends on factors like the day of the week or time of year.

More popular journeys include 30 day advance and 7 day advance prices. These are updated every two weeks using prices we've found by searching exactly 7 or 30 days from the most recent Thursday (we picked Thursday because this is when average prices are usually found).

30 day and 7 day prices fluctuate based on demand and availability at the time of search. For example, the 7-day price in summer is likely to be more expensive than the same journey in winter.

Prices are sourced in GBP and converted to other currencies using the daily market exchange rate.

We're always seeking to improve how price-checking works, and we welcome feedback on how we can make it better.

More advice about how to find the cheapest tickets can be found in our infographic.

  1. Cheapest Price $47.27
  2. 30 day advance $84.18
  3. 7 day advance $97.77
  • First train
  • Last train
  • Avg changes
  • Fastest journey
    4hr 55m
  • Distance
    529 kilometres
  • Trains per day
  • Avg. journey time
  • Train operators

Travelling from Barcelona to Lyon by train

Fast trains from Barcelona to Lyon take around 4 hours and 55 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 529 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Barcelona and Lyon.

1. Are there direct trains from Barcelona to Lyon?

Direct trains from Barcelona to Lyon have been found.

We usually find around 3 direct trains on the route from Barcelona to Lyon every weekday.

Trains usually run with a similar frequency on weekends.

2. How long is the train journey from Barcelona to Lyon?

The Barcelona to Lyon train travel time is normally about 4 hours and 55 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

3. What are the Barcelona to Lyon train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest direct train to Lyon is usually scheduled to depart Barcelona around 07:20 and the last train is around 08:25. This is the same at the weekend.

What's the Barcelona to Lyon train price?

The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Barcelona to Lyon are $47.27.

Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $84 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $97. Booking on the day of travel is likely to be more expensive, so it is worth booking in advance if you can to save money.

When to book Barcelona to Lyon train tickets?

Trains for this journey usually open for booking around 6 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from Barcelona to Lyon by train.

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Which train companies operate between Barcelona and Lyon?

More than one train company operates on the route from Barcelona to Lyon, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:

  • AVE
  • FS100

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

Lyon to Barcelona by train

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The introduction in 2014 of a once-daily direct high-speed train from Barcelona to Lyon was a boost for travellers heading to France’s Saône-Rhône region from Catalonia. The service is run by Spanish rail operator Renfe (in conjunction with SNCF) using Renfe’s top-of-the-range AVE trains. The train cuts under the Pyrenees using a high-speed line linking Spain and France, then follows the Mediterranean coast east towards Montpellier. After that it’s fast dash north to Lyon.

If the timings of the direct service do not suit your travel plans, bear in mind that there are at least two additional connections per day from Barcelona to Lyon, each requiring just one change of train along the way (usually at Nîmes or Valence TGV).

Barcelona Sants to Lyon Part Dieu

The direct AVE train to Lyon departs from Barcelona Sants station, it leaves Barcelona at breakfast time and makes eight stops on the journey to Lyon. You’ll get close-up views of a number of famous cities: Girona, Perpignan, Montpellier and Nîmes among them. For the best views of the Languedoc coast on the stretch beyond Perpignan book a seat on the right side of the train. In Lyon, the train terminates at Part Dieu station, where there is an excellent range of onward connections, including international services to Brussels and Geneva.

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Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.