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Renfe-SNCF trains are a great fast link between Spain and France. Renfe-SNCF is a joint venture between the two train operating companies, Renfe (Spain) and SNCF (France) and you can buy your train tickets here with Trainline. Whether you’re going from France to Spain or vice versa, go high-speed and start your journey with us.

Renfe-SNCF route map

Renfe-SNCF trains provide high-speed links between some of Spain and France’s most important destinations. That includes historical cities such as Madrid, Barcelona, Marseille and of course, the city of light, Paris.

 

If you want smooth links between France and Spain, Renfe-SNCF could be just the ticket. Forget checking-in and waiting around at the airport terminal, simply book your tickets and hop on a Renfe-SNCF high-speed train and glide cross-country for either work, leisure or an equal dose of both.

Have a look at our route map and discover other amazing locations made accessible by Renfe-SNCF. As well as connecting Paris to Madrid, Renfe-SNCF takes you to the provincial parts of France such as Aix-en-Provence, and on the Spanish side, hidden treasures like Figueres, the birthplace of artist Salvador Dali.

Renfe-SNCF tickets

Travelling with Renfe-SNCF couldn’t be easier, and their choice of train tickets means there’s a seat to suit all budgets.

 

Essential (Esencial)
This is Renfe-SNCF's equivalent of a Standard train ticket. These fares are usually the cheapest but are limited in their flexibility. If you need to amend or cancel your train ticket, there’s a fee involved of at least 50% of the value of the fare.

Flexi
If your travel plans are pencilled in rather than rubber-stamped, then a Renfe-SNCF Flexi train ticket could be what you’re looking for. They’re normally more expensive than Essential tickets, but they’re perfect if your plans change at the last minute. With a Flexi, you can cancel your ticket for free up to a day before the train departs. However, if you cancel during the last 24 hours before departure, the cancellation fee is at least 10% of the value of the fare.

Discounts
As if there weren’t already a ton of benefits of using the Renfe-SNCF High-speed train service, there are some great discounts and offers up for grabs. Check them out below!

  • Children under the age of 4 can travel for free, and kids under the age of 14 are eligible for a 40% discount on both Essential or Flexi fares
  • Youths between the ages of 14 and 25 get 25% off their Renfe-SNCF train tickets. To benefit from this discount, the ticket holder has to have one of the following; a Youth Card, Youth Card Go (IYTC), a Young European Card or a Tarjeta + Renfe Joven card.

Renfe-SNCF First Class

Travel from Spain to France, or the other way around, in comfort and style. If you’re wondering why you should upgrade from a Second Class (Turista) ticket to a First Class one, here are a few reasons you should make the switch.

In First Class (Preferente), you’ll enjoy more space to stretch out and make the most of your journey, whether that means grabbing some rest all the way through or getting some work done.

All seats in First Class are leather and can be adjusted to recline backwards. They all come equipped with an individual head-and footrest, reading lights, power sockets and a table suitable for dining and laptop use. First Class seats on Renfe-SNCF come only in rows of three, meaning there’s more legroom and space between the rows for walking about.

If you’re travelling in a group for an important meeting or conference, there’s also the option of reserving the onboard Club Space. To use this service, you do have to be in a group of exactly eight people, but it does give you the accessibility of connecting your PCs to the large screens provided as well as working in privacy.

And you don’t have to be onboard the train to start to reap the benefits of a First Class ticket. At most Spanish stations, your ticket grants you access to the Club Room/Lounge where you can recharge before your journey with complimentary drinks, internet access and international newspapers.

Renfe-SNCF timetable

If you're looking for great starting points for your journey, train availability and the corresponding timetables, we've highlighted them all below. 

Renfe-SNCF 2018 train timetable (from Spain)

Dates from 30/06/2018 to 26/08/2018 All year All year All year from 02/06/2018 to 26/08/2018 All year from 23/03/2018 to 25/09/2018
Train number 9708 9736 9702 9704 9706 9724 9726
Stops              
Madrid-Atocha - - - - - 13:25 -
Zaragoza-Delicias - - - - - 14:51 -
Camp de Tarragona - - - - - 15:47 -
Barcelona Sants 07:05 08:25 09:25 13:20 16:20 16:45 18:30
Gerona 07:46 09:06 10:06 14:01 17:01 17:26 19:11
Figueres-Vilafant 08:03 09:23 10:23 14:18 17:18 17:43 19:28
Perpignan 08:31 09:46 10:44 14:42 17:42 18:04 19:52
Carcasonne - - - - - - 20:56
Toulouse Matabiau - - - - - - 21:44
Narbonne 09:14 10:29 11:25 15:25 18:23 18:50 -
Béziers 09:30 - - - 18:40 19:06 -
Agde 09:44 - - - - - -
Sète 09:58 - - - - - -
Montpellier St Roch 10:17 11:23 12:20 16:20 19:20 19:52 -
Nimes 10:51 11:58 12:51 16:51 19:51 20:22 -
Avignon TGV - - - - - 20:42 -
Aix-en-Provence TGV - - - - - 21:10 -
Marseille St Charles - - - - - 21:26 -
Valence TGV - 12:43 13:39 17:38 - - -
Lyon Part Dieu - 13:20 - - - - -
Paris Gare de Lyon 13:45 - 15:53 19:53 22:45 - -

* These times are approximate and may vary depending on the date of the trip.

Renfe-SNCF 2018 train timetable (from France)

Dates from 23/03/2018 to 25/09/2018 All year from 02/06/2018 to 26/08/2018 All year All year All year from 30/06/2018 to 26/08/2018
Train number 9729 9731 9711 9713 9743 9715 9717
Stops              
Paris Gare de Lyon - - 07:13 10:07 - 14:07 16:05
Lyon Part Dieu - - - - 14:24 - -
Valence TGV - - - 12:21 15:03 16:21 18:21
Marseille St Charles - 08:01 - - - - -
Aix-en-Provence TGV - 08:15 - - - - -
Avignon TGV - 08:43 - - - - -
Nimes - 09:04 10:08 13:08 15:48 17:08 19:08
Montpellier St Roch - 09:35 10:42 13:40 16:26 17:40 19:43
Sète - - - - - - 19:59
Agde - - - - - - 20:15
Béziers - 10:15 - 14:19 17:12 - 20:29
Narbonne - 10:35 11:35 14:39 17:33 18:37 20:46
Toulouse Matabiau 08:06 - - - - - -
Carcassonne 08:59 - - - - - -
Perpignan 10:00 11:17 12:13 15:15 18:10 19:13 21:23
Figueres-Vilafant 10:23 11:40 12:36 15:36 18:33 19:36 21:46
Gerona 10:40 11:57 12:53 15:53 18:50 19:53 22:03
Barcelona Sants 11:21 12:38 13:34 16:34 19:31 20:34 22:44
Camp de Tarragona - 13:20 - - - - -
Zaragoza-Delicias - 14:23 - - - - -
Madrid-Atocha - 15:45 - - - - -

* These times are approximate and may vary depending on the date of the trip.

Renfe-SNCF trains

Depending on the journey you take, you’ll either travel on a Renfe or an SNCF-marked train. Although they’ll look different, both types of train cruise along at similar high-speeds and offer the same high standards of service, comfort and affordability.

AVE Serie 100 (S100)

These trains mainly serve journeys on the Lyon to Marseille line and operate at a maximum speed of 300 km/h.

They have a capacity of 347 passengers, meaning it can carry as many passengers as some transatlantic aeroplanes. All trains come with power outlets provided at each seat, giving travellers the opportunity to charge and use electronic devices during the journey.

There is also a dining carriage available for travellers to enjoy hot and cold food and beverages and a mobile in-seat dining service option.

For entertainment, there are onboard screens that show a mixture of movies and TV shows for which headsets are provided, helping you pass the time on slightly longer journeys.

TGV Euroduplex

The TGV Euroduplex is one of Europe’s most iconic double-decker trains. Serving routes along the Paris to Toulouse line, these TGV trains typically whizz through Europe at speeds of 320 km/h and are a fantastic way to travel long distances.

They provide an almost identical onboard service as the S100, but the real jewel in the crown is the upper deck. All views from the Euroduplex are great and being on the top level gives the sensation of floating through the stunning countryside towards your destination.

Be sure to grab one of these precious seats when booking your train tickets with Trainline.

Good to know

Travelling on a Renfe-SNCF route? Find out the answers to frequently asked questions before you set off.

You can travel with up to three bags so long as they do not exceed a maximum weight of 25 kg or dimensions of 85 x 5 x 35cm. Sports equipment must be less than 120 x 90 cm and should not exceed 30 kg in weight.

You can bring a folding bike on Renfe-SNCF for free but it must be stored inside a case not exceeding measurements of 120 x 90 cm.

Yes – you can bring a pet on the train. There’s usually a fee for this service and your pet must be able to be transported in a carrier that is 60 x 35 x 35 cm in dimension or less.

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