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!
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 Lyon 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 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Barcelona to Lyon is 5 hours and 5 minutes.
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.
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.
The first train from Barcelona to Lyon leaves at 09:36. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
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.
Trains travelling from Barcelona to Lyon cover a distance of around 331 miles (532 km) during the journey.