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Travelling from Barcelona to Lyon by train

From Spain to France in just under 5 hours, all by modern, high-speed Renfe-SNCF trains? That sounds pretty cool to us! This fantastic route starts in Barcelona, where all the icons of the city await.

From there, you’ll head to Lyon, so you can safely tick two of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe off your bucket list. History-lovers are sure to love Lyon as it has a secure place on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Some of the oldest landmarks in France call this city home, including two impressive Roman amphitheatres. The Old Town around Quartier Saint-Jean and Quartier Saint-Georges is the perfect place to get lost, enjoy a meal and sample the local tipples. Go from Spain to France in true train style – just see our journey information below!

Barcelona to Lyon by train

It takes an average of 11h 48m to travel from Barcelona to Lyon by train, over a distance of around 331 miles (532 km). There are normally 4 trains per day travelling from Barcelona to Lyon and tickets for this journey start from €39 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 5h 5m
Price€39 - €216.39
Distance331 miles (532 km)
Frequency4 trains per day
Departure stationBarcelona
Arrival stationLyon
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsFlixbus, Renfe-SNCF, BlaBlaBus

Barcelona to Lyon train times

Check out the next trains departing from Barcelona to Lyon for Monday 12th April 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
15:29 Barcelona Sant Andreu Condal08:24 Lyon Part-DieuRegional Exprés 15837 Renfe Get tickets16h 55m, 2 changes
15:50 Barcelona Sants08:24 Lyon Part-DieuAVE 3123 Renfe Get tickets16h 34m, 3 changes
08:15 Barcelona Sants13:20 Lyon Part-DieuAVE 9736 SNCF Get tickets5h 5m, direct
10:05 Barcelona Sants16:20 Lyon PerracheTGV INOUI 9702 SNCF Get tickets6h 15m, 2 changes
11:29 Barcelona Sant Andreu Condal19:50 Lyon Part-DieuRegional Exprés 15831 Renfe Get tickets8h 21m, 2 changes
13:29 Barcelona Sant Andreu Condal08:20 Lyon PerracheRegional Exprés 15833 Renfe Get tickets18h 51m, 2 changes
15:29 Barcelona Sant Andreu Condal08:24 Lyon Part-DieuRegional Exprés 15837 Renfe Get tickets16h 55m, 2 changes
15:50 Barcelona Sants08:24 Lyon Part-DieuAVE 3123 Renfe Get tickets16h 34m, 3 changes
08:15 Barcelona Sants13:20 Lyon Part-DieuAVE 9736 SNCF Get tickets5h 5m, direct
10:05 Barcelona Sants16:20 Lyon PerracheTGV INOUI 9702 SNCF Get tickets6h 15m, 2 changes

Renfe-SNCF trains from Barcelona to Lyon

You can travel from Barcelona to Lyon on 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-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 Lyon

The price of train tickets from Barcelona to Lyon starts at €39 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.
lowest price found
from39
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price78.97
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price99.13
on the day
avg. single price141.74

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 Lyon 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.

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Barcelona and Lyon is 11 hours and 48 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.

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

The fastest journey time by train from Barcelona to Lyon is 5 hours and 5 minutes.

How much does the train from Barcelona to Lyon cost?

Train ticket prices from Barcelona to Lyon can start from as little as €39 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

Is there a direct train from Barcelona to Lyon?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Barcelona to Lyon without having to change trains. There is 1 direct train from Barcelona to Lyon 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 Lyon leave?

The first train from Barcelona to Lyon leaves at 09:36. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Barcelona to Lyon leaves at 07:20. 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 Lyon by train?

Trains travelling from Barcelona to Lyon cover a distance of around 331 miles (532 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Lyon to Barcelona. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Barcelona to Lyon.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Barcelona to Lyon for a typical week day using timetable data for 12/04/2021. 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 05/04/2021 for travel on 05/06/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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