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Lyon to Barcelona by train
Fastest journey5hr 5m
Trains per day5
Avg. journey time5hr 8m
Travelling from Lyon to Barcelona by train
Fast trains from Lyon to Barcelona take around 5 hours and 5 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 529 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Lyon and Barcelona.
1. Are there direct trains from Lyon to Barcelona?
Direct trains from Lyon to Barcelona have been found.
We usually find around 5 direct trains on the route from Lyon to Barcelona every weekday.
Trains are typically more frequent on weekends, when we found around 6 departures.
2. How long is the train journey from Lyon to Barcelona?
The Lyon to Barcelona train travel time is normally about 5 hours and 5 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.
3. What are the Lyon to Barcelona train times and schedule?
On weekdays the earliest direct train to Barcelona is usually scheduled to depart Lyon around 14:16 and the last train is around 14:28. This is the same at the weekend.
What's the Lyon to Barcelona train price?
The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Lyon to Barcelona are $45.85.
Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $122 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $103. 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 Lyon to Barcelona 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 Lyon to Barcelona by train.
Which train companies operate between Lyon and Barcelona?
More than one train company operates on the route from Lyon to Barcelona, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:
You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.
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The introduction in 2014 of a once-daily direct train from Lyon to Barcelona was a boost for travellers heading from France's Saône-Rhône region to Catalonia. The service is run by Spanish rail operator Renfe (in conjunction with SNCF) using Renfe's top-of-the-range AVE trains. Skirting the Rhône Valley as it speeds south, the train then follows the Mediterranean coast. It cuts under the Pyrenees using a high-speed line linking France and Spain.
If the timings of the direct service do not suit your travel plans, bear in mind that there are additional connections per day from Lyon to Barcelona, each requiring just one change of train along the way (usually at Valence TGV or Nîmes).
Lyon to Barcelona
The direct AVE train from Lyon to Barcelona leaves from Lyon Part Dieu station and arrives at Barcelona Sants station. The direct train makes eight stops on the way to Barcelona. While the early part of the route bypasses the Rhône Valley towns, later in the journey you'll get close-up views of a number of famous cities – Nîmes, Montpellier, Perpignan and Girona among them. For the best views of the coast in the stretch beyond Montpellier, book a seat on the left side of the train. Upon arrival at Barcelona Sants, there is a good onward connecting service to Zaragoza and Madrid.
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