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. Before you arrive, why not check out our guide to the best things to do in Paris.
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.
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 10 hours and 9 minutes, with around 5 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Barcelona to Paris is 6 hours and 39 minutes.
Train tickets from Barcelona to Paris can start from as little as $49.18 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Barcelona to Paris without having to change trains. There are 2 direct trains from Barcelona to Paris each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Barcelona to Paris leaves at 09:14. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Barcelona to Paris leaves at 06:14. 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.