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How to travel from Barcelona to Montpellier by train

Thinking about taking the train from Barcelona to Montpellier? We’ve got you covered.

You can expect the journey from Barcelona to Montpellier by train to take around 3h 7m. You’ll usually find around 2 trains per day running on this route, which spans 176 miles (284 km). As soon as you board the train, you'll be able to make yourself comfortable and enjoy the journey as there are direct services available. Renfe-SNCF trains operate on this route – they'll get you from Barcelona to Montpellier in just 3h 07m.

Plan your trip ahead and book your train tickets in advance if you want to snap up the cheapest fares. Just start a search in our Journey Planner to view the latest prices for trains from Barcelona to Montpellier.

Keen to book your train tickets to Montpellier? No need to wait, start a search with us today! If you want to find out a bit more about the journey first, you can find our train timetable below, tips on booking cheap tickets and our FAQs, including first and last train times.

Barcelona to Montpellier by train

It takes an average of 4h 53m to travel from Barcelona to Montpellier by train, over a distance of around 176 miles (284 km). There are normally 6 trains per day travelling from Barcelona to Montpellier and tickets for this journey start from €14.15 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

From 3h 10m


176 miles (284 km)


6 trains per day


Direct trains available


From €14.15

Train and bus operators

BlaBlaCar Bus, SNCF, Flixbus, Union Ivkoni (Bus), ALSA, Renfe-SNCF, Renfe

Barcelona to Montpellier train times

Check out the next trains departing from Barcelona to Montpellier for Tuesday 30th May 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
14:32 Barcelona Sants17:43 Montpellier St-Rochtgv inoui 9704 SNCF Get tickets3h 11m, direct
15:16 Barcelona Sants21:09 Montpellier St-RochRE 15837 Renfe Get tickets5h 53m, 1 change
15:50 Barcelona Sants21:09 Montpellier St-Rochave 3123 Renfe Get tickets5h 19m, 2 changes
07:16 Barcelona Sants13:09 Montpellier St-RochRE 15829 Renfe Get tickets5h 53m, 2 changes
10:33 Barcelona Sants13:43 Montpellier St-Rochtgv inoui 9708 SNCF Get tickets3h 10m, direct
11:16 Barcelona Sants17:09 Montpellier St-RochRE 15831 Renfe Get tickets5h 53m, 1 change

Renfe, Renfe-SNCF, SNCF and TGV trains from Barcelona to Montpellier

You can travel from Barcelona to Montpellier on Renfe, Renfe-SNCF, SNCF and TGV 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.

PhotoCtruongngoc, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

SNCF is the national train operator of France. It operates all domestic trains and routes across France, as well as international services to Spain and Germany. There are three different types of domestic trains that operate under the SNCF banner – TGV (high-speed, full-service trains that connect the major cities in France), Intercités (usually a more frequent stopping service, but with all the amenities), and TER (regional train services with basic onboard facilities).

PhotoErmell, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

TGV is the high-speed train service of the SNCF company. It connects the major cities of France at speeds of up to 200 mph (320 km/h). All TGV trains are equipped with a food carriage, a free WiFi connection, power sockets and fold-down tables. Two comfort classes are offered – First Class and Second Class, with flexible fare options available and access to the Grand Voyageur lounge in some stations.

TGV INOUI classes from Barcelona to Montpellier

Compare the different travel classes offered by TGV INOUI when travelling from Barcelona to Montpellier.

Onboard services on TGV INOUI

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from Barcelona to Montpellier.


On TGV INOUI services, there's no weight limit for your luggage - you can travel your way! However, remember that your suitcases, overnight bags and rucksacks can't be larger than 130 x 90 cm, and you must be able to carry them and store them in the dedicated luggage racks on board by yourself. All luggage must be labelled before being stored.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

All TGV INOUI trains are equipped with a café-bar carriage offering a range of food and drink to suit you at any time of day. The Bar is always situated in carriage 4 or 14 of the train. There's a range of local and responsibly sourced products on offer to whet your appetite.


TGV INOUI trains have free WiFi on board for you to use throughout your journey, allowing you to stay connected, reply to emails or even relax and enjoy what's offered on the TGV INOUI entertainment portal.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

Children under 12 can get a half price ticket on TGV INOUI trains. Children under 4 travel free when they travel on your lap.


If you've got a foldable bicycle, you can take it on the train as hand luggage, so long as it's no larger than 130 x 90 cm once folded. Or, if you can dismantle your bike, you can transport it in a cover or case no larger than 130 x 90 cm. You can still travel with a bike that cannot be folded or dismantled - you'll need to reserve a bike space on the train when you buy your ticket. Bike tickets cost €10 per bike, per journey.


Small pets are allowed on board TGV INOUI trains provided they weigh less than 10kg. They must travel in a carrier no larger than 45 x 30 x 25 cm. Tickets for small pets cost €7. Larger dogs can also travel on TGV INOUI services, provided they are wearing a muzzle and are kept on a lead. Tickets for larger dogs cost €20. Guide dogs and assistance dogs travel free of charge on all SNCF trains.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

For disabled passengers or those with reduced mobility, you can request assistance through 'Accès Plus'. With this service, a member of staff will meet you at the station and help you get to your seat on the train. To book assistance, contact Accès Plus after you book your tickets (and no later than 48 hours before your train is due to depart).

Cheap train tickets from Barcelona to Montpellier

The price of train tickets from Barcelona to Montpellier starts at €14.15 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 Montpellier 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 Montpellier? 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 Montpellier take?

The average journey time by train between Barcelona and Montpellier is 4 hours and 53 minutes, with around 6 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 Montpellier by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Barcelona to Montpellier is 3 hours and 10 minutes.

How much does the train from Barcelona to Montpellier cost?

Train ticket prices from Barcelona to Montpellier can start from as little as €14.15 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 Montpellier?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Barcelona to Montpellier without having to change trains. There are 2 direct trains from Barcelona to Montpellier 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 Montpellier leave?

The first train from Barcelona to Montpellier leaves at 07:16. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Barcelona to Montpellier leaves at 15:50. 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 Montpellier by train?

Trains travelling from Barcelona to Montpellier cover a distance of around 176 miles (284 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Montpellier to Barcelona. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Barcelona to Montpellier.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Barcelona to Montpellier for a typical week day using timetable data for 05/30/2023. 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 02/03/2023 for travel on 02/03/2023 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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