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Travel by train from Barcelona to Paris

Planning a trip to the French capital and need more information on how to travel from Barcelona to Paris by train? Look no further! 

On average, the train journey from Barcelona to Paris takes 10h 26m, but can take 6h 39m on the fastest services. As there are direct services available, you don’t need to worry about changing along the way. When travelling on this direct route, you’ll board a Renfe-SNCF train at Barcelona Sants station, travel over the French-Spanish border and arrive at Paris Gare du Nord station. If you’re travelling from Barcelona to Paris, train is the sensible choice! You don’t need to worry about queues at check-in, luggage limits or airport transfers.  

As the Renfe-SNCF train passes through miles of picturesque Spanish and French countryside, you’ll have the chance to enjoy breath-taking views. If you like travelling in style, add extra comfort to your journey by travelling in First Class.  

Once you arrive in Paris, you can jump on the Metro and make your way to the city’s iconic landmarks. Not sure where to start? Check out our guide to the best things to do in Paris, including a trip to the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe.  

Keen to book? Start your search for cheap train tickets from Barcelona to Paris today. Just head to the Journey Planer at the top of the page and we’ll show you the cheapest fares available. If you’re still not convinced, keep reading for more information including FAQs and tips on how to book cheaper train tickets.

Barcelona to Paris by train

It takes an average of 9h 54m to travel from Barcelona to Paris by train, over a distance of around 516 miles (831 km). There are normally 5 trains per day traveling from Barcelona to Paris and tickets for this journey start from $31.47 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 6h 47m
PriceFrom $31.47
Distance516 miles (831 km)
Frequency5 trains per day
First train08:15
Last train16:36
Departure stationBarcelona
Arrival stationParis
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsBlaBlaCar Bus, Flixbus, Renfe-SNCF, ALSA, Renfe

Barcelona to Paris train times

Check out the next trains departing from Barcelona to Paris for Friday Aug 12th 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
08:15 Barcelona Sants15:14 Paris Gare de Lyonave 9736 SNCF Get tickets6h 59m, 1 change
10:00 Barcelona Sants16:47 Paris Gare de LyonTGV 9702 SNCF Get tickets6h 47m, direct
14:00 Barcelona Sants20:48 Paris Gare de LyonTGV 9704 SNCF Get tickets6h 48m, direct
16:36 Barcelona Sants23:54 Paris Gare de Lyonave 9724 SNCF Get tickets7h 18m, 1 change
08:15 Barcelona Sants15:14 Paris Gare de Lyonave 9736 SNCF Get tickets6h 59m, 1 change
10:00 Barcelona Sants16:47 Paris Gare de LyonTGV 9702 SNCF Get tickets6h 47m, direct

Renfe and Renfe-SNCF trains from Barcelona to Paris

You can travel from Barcelona to Paris on Renfe and Renfe-SNCF trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

Renfe is the national train operator in Spain. It operates trains on the longest high-speed railway network in Europe, and the second-longest in the world. The country's major cities are linked up by the high-speed AVE and Avlo trains, while other long-distance routes are served by Altaria, Talgo, Alvia and Euromed trains. Renfe also operates cross-border services into neighbouring Portugal and France. Depending on which service you are travelling on, you'll usually find two classes on Renfe trains - Estándard (Standard Class) and Confort (First Class). Fare types range from the cheapest (but least flexible) Básico fare, to the more flexible Elige fares, to the Premium fare for seats in Confort carriages.

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.

Cheap train tickets from Barcelona to Paris

The price of train tickets from Barcelona to Paris starts at $31.47 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

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.§

Be flexible with your travel times

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.

Choose a slower or connecting train

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!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for Barcelona to Paris

Want to know more about your journey from Barcelona to Paris? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Barcelona to Paris take?

The average journey time by train between Barcelona and Paris is 9 hours and 54 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.

What's the fastest journey time between Barcelona and Paris by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Barcelona to Paris is 6 hours and 47 minutes.

How much does the train from Barcelona to Paris cost?

Train tickets from Barcelona to Paris can start from as little as $31.47 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.

Is there a direct train from Barcelona to Paris?

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.

What time does the first train from Barcelona to Paris leave?

The first train from Barcelona to Paris leaves at 08:15. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Barcelona to Paris leave?

The last train from Barcelona to Paris leaves at 16:36. 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.

What's the distance between Barcelona and Paris by train?

Trains travelling from Barcelona to Paris cover a distance of around 516 miles (831 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Paris to Barcelona.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Barcelona to Paris for a typical week day using timetable data for 08/12/2022. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 05/10/2022 for travel on 05/10/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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