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Paris to Barcelona by train
Fastest journey6hr 19m
Trains per day13
Avg. journey time6hr 32m
Travelling from Paris to Barcelona by train
Fast trains from Paris to Barcelona take around 6 hours and 19 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 833 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Paris and Barcelona.
1. Are there direct trains from Paris to Barcelona?
Direct trains from Paris to Barcelona have been found.
We usually find around 12 direct trains on the route from Paris to Barcelona every weekday.
Trains are typically more frequent on weekends, when we found around 17 departures.
2. How long is the train journey from Paris to Barcelona?
The Paris to Barcelona train travel time is normally about 6 hours and 19 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.
3. What are the Paris to Barcelona train times and schedule?
On weekdays the earliest direct train to Barcelona is usually scheduled to depart Paris around 07:11 and the last train is around 16:07. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Paris around 07:11, and the last at 17:07.
What's the Paris to Barcelona train price?
The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Paris to Barcelona are $32.37.
Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $165 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $153. 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 Paris 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 Paris to Barcelona by train.
Which train companies operate between Paris and Barcelona?
More than one train company operates on the route from Paris 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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Travel by day from Paris to Barcelona on a direct TGV high-speed train. Or, if you prefer, there's a comfortable overnight option: you take a night train from Paris to either Toulouse or Perpignan, and continue next morning across the border to Barcelona.
The journey by train from Paris to Barcelona is a tribute to high-speed rail. This route was launched in late 2013 and has transformed travel between the two cities.
Paris to Barcelona
Direct TGV trains to Barcelona leave Paris two to four times per day. The frequency is higher in summer than winter. The TGVs to Barcelona leave from the Gare de Lyon in Paris. In Barcelona they terminate at Sants station. This journey is focused on speed, so there are not a lot of stops along the way - from six to ten depending on which train you take. All trains stop at the historic cities of Montpellier, Perpignan and Girona. There is some very fine scenery along the way too. Early on in the journey, you sweep through Burgundy vineyards, and later on there are engaging views of the coastal landscapes of Languedoc. After the stop at Perpignan, the train speeds south towards the Pyrenees, before diving under the mountains in the Perthus Tunnel.
If you worry that six and half hours if a long time to spend on one train, fear not! This rates as one of favourite high-speed routes. You can relax and gaze out of the window and, from to time, wander along to the bistro for a coffee or a snack. The direct services from Paris to Barcelona are all operated by French TGV trains. But it's a joint venture with Spanish rail operator Renfe, so you find a dash of Spanish style combining with French flair on this international route.
Intercités de Nuit & AVE
It is an easy overnight journey by train from Paris to Barcelona. The direct Elipsos overnight service between the two cities no longer runs, but there are still convenient overnight trains from Paris to Toulouse and Perpignan in south-west France. You’ll have time for breakfast in one of those cities before the onward journey to Barcelona which you’ll reach late morning. The fare is usually much the same via either route.
Many passengers use the Toulouse night train for the overnight journey south from Paris and that’s the route we feature here. The night train normally leaves Paris just before 11 in the evening.
Bookings for through journeys to Barcelona using the night train south from Paris normally open about four months prior to travel.
Paris to Toulouse (night train)
The night train to Toulouse leaves from Paris Austerlitz station. Like all domestic overnight services within France, this train does not have sleeping cars. But it does offer a choice of reclining seats, six-berth couchettes and four-berth couchettes. For a reasonable night’s sleep we strongly recommend opting for couchette accommodation.
The night train makes a brief stop at Les-Aubrais-Orléans to pick up passengers bound for south-west France. It then travels for some hours before making a couple of stops to set down passengers prior to arriving in Matabiau station in Toulouse in the morning. From Toulouse Matabiau there are excellent onward connections to destinations across south-west France. The Paris to Toulouse night train carries through carriages (both couchettes and reclining seats) to a number of communities in the Pyrenees. These include Foix, Ax-les-Thermes, L'Hospitalet (for Andorra) and Latour de Carol (for onward connections to Spain or with the diminutive Petit Train Jaune along the mountainous Ligne de Cerdagne).
Toulouse to Barcelona
The direct AVE train from Toulouse to Barcelona dashes south with just four intermediate stops along the way. Alternative connections require you to change trains at Narbonne. All trains depart from Toulouse Matabiau station and arrive at Barcelona Sants, a short distance west of the centre of town. Sit on the right side of the train for the best views of the Pyrenees.
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