Take a Renfe-SNCF train from Barcelona Sants to Paris Gare du Nord and get straight into exploring the City of Lights. No queues at check-in, no luggage limits and no stressing about airport transfers.
Passing through miles of glorious Spanish and French countryside, you have the chance to enjoy breath-taking views you wouldn’t get from a plane or bus. You can even add extra comfort to your train journey if you travel in First Class. Catch the 09:25 train from Barcelona and you’ll be in Paris just in time for a late lunch, followed by a wander up to Le Marais neighbourhood – this is the most preserved medieval district of the city. You could even take a short subway ride to see Notre Dame de Paris before heading out on the town for the night. Still not convinced? Keep reading for more information on the journey below.
|Journey time||From 6h 38m|
|Price||$40.16 - $398.37|
|Distance||516 miles (831 km)|
|Frequency||2 trains per day|
|Changes||Direct trains available|
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Renfe-SNCF trains are the result of a collaboration between France and Spain to bring the two countries together via a network of high-speed trains. There are two comfort classes – Turista (or Second Class) and Preferente (or First Class). Both classes have power sockets and comfortable seating. Luggage security checks are in force at all Spanish stations before boarding. It's also advisable to travel with your identity card for border control.
Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Barcelona to Paris by booking early.§
Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.
On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Barcelona and Paris is 8 hours and 19 minutes, with around 4 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
Renfe-SNCF high-speed trains from Barcelona to Paris can travel at speeds of up to 200 mph (320 km/h). The fastest journey time from Barcelona to Paris by train is 6 hours and 38 minutes.
The average train ticket price from Barcelona to Paris usually costs around $162.62 two weeks before travel, but can start from as little as $40.16 when you book in advance. Prices also vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book.
Yes. There are 2 direct Renfe-SNCF trains that travel from Barcelona to Paris each day with an average journey time of 8 hours and 19 minutes.
The first train from Barcelona to Paris leaves at 08:20 from Barcelona Sants. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Barcelona to Paris leaves at 18:30 from Barcelona Sants. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.
Trains travelling from Barcelona to Paris cover a distance of around 516 miles (831 km) during the journey.
All trains travelling from Barcelona to Paris are operated by Renfe-SNCF – a joint cross-border high-speed venture between the national train companies in France and Spain.
Yes. When boarding the train from Barcelona to Paris, all passengers must pass through a security control point for a ticket and baggage check before departure. This is a requirement on all trains in Spain and the check-point usually closes two minutes before the train is due to depart.
There isn't a direct night train service that travels from Barcelona to Paris, although you can board an SNCF Intercités de Nuit sleeper train as part of your journey.