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Travelling by train from Paris to Barcelona

Want to take a trip to the Catalan capital and looking for more information on how to travel from Paris to Barcelona by train? Look no further! 

On average, the journey time from Paris to Barcelona by train is 6h 44m. However, the fastest direct trains can take you from Paris to Barcelona in just 6h 27m. As there are direct trains available from Paris to Barcelona, you don’t need to worry about changing. On this popular route, all trains depart from Paris Gare de Lyon station and arrive at Barcelona Sants. With high-speed trains reaching speeds of 198mph, you’ll be sipping sangria in Barcelona in no time! 

Travelling by train from Paris to Barcelona is an excellent way to get from one city centre to the other without the hassle of flying. The direct Paris to Barcelona train service is operated by Renfe-SNCF. At Paris Gare de Lyon station, you’ll board a high-speed TGV train and head through beautiful French countryside before arriving right in the heart of Barcelona. Also, Barcelona is one of the first stops for trains from Paris to Spain – so you’ll be well-located to start exploring the rest of Spain.  

Once you’ve arrived in Barcelona, you can start exploring the city right away. Not sure where to begin? Take a look at some of our favourite things to do in Barcelona, such as marvelling at La Sagrada Familia or watching the world go by in La Rambla.  

Eager to book? Start your search for cheap train tickets from Paris to Barcelona with us today. For more information, keep reading for FAQs, timetables and advice on how to book cheap train tickets. 

Paris to Barcelona by train

It takes an average of 9h 27m to travel from Paris to Barcelona by train, over a distance of around 516 miles (831 km). There are normally 3 trains per day traveling from Paris to Barcelona and tickets for this journey start from $40.14 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 6h 42m
PriceFrom $40.14
Distance516 miles (831 km)
Frequency3 trains per day
First train10:12
Last train22:12
Departure stationParis
Arrival stationBarcelona
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsBlaBlaCar Bus, Flixbus, Renfe-SNCF, Renfe, ALSA

Paris to Barcelona train times

Check out the next trains departing from Paris to Barcelona for sabato ott 1º 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
19:39 Paris Gare de Lyon12:34 Barcelona Santstgv inoui 6129 SNCF Get tickets16h 55m, 1 change
20:00 Paris Gare de Lyon12:34 Barcelona Santsfrecciarossa 6655 Trenitalia Get tickets16h 34m, 2 changes
10:12 Paris Gare de Lyon16:54 Barcelona SantsTGV 9713 SNCF Get tickets6h 42m, direct
12:12 Paris Gare de Lyon19:32 Barcelona Sants7885 SNCF Get tickets7h 20m, 1 change
21:41 Paris Austerlitz12:34 Barcelona SantsNZE 3737 SNCF Get tickets14h 53m, 1 change
22:12 Paris Austerlitz12:34 Barcelona SantsNZE 3751 SNCF Get tickets14h 22m, 2 changes

Renfe-SNCF and Renfe trains from Paris to Barcelona

You can travel from Paris to Barcelona on Renfe-SNCF and Renfe 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-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.

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.

Cheap train tickets from Paris to Barcelona

The price of train tickets from Paris to Barcelona starts at $40.14 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 Paris to Barcelona 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 Paris to Barcelona

Want to know more about your journey from Paris to Barcelona? 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 Paris to Barcelona take?

The average journey time by train between Paris and Barcelona is 9 hours and 27 minutes, with around 3 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 Paris and Barcelona by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Paris to Barcelona is 6 hours and 42 minutes.

How much does the train from Paris to Barcelona cost?

Train tickets from Paris to Barcelona can start from as little as $40.14 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 Paris to Barcelona?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Paris to Barcelona without having to change trains. There is 1 direct train from Paris to Barcelona each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Paris to Barcelona leaves at 10:12. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Paris to Barcelona leaves at 22:12. 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 Paris and Barcelona by train?

Trains travelling from Paris to Barcelona 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 Barcelona to Paris.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Paris to Barcelona for a typical week day using timetable data for 10/01/2022. 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 11/09/2022 for travel on 11/09/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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