Looking to travel from Barcelona to Paris by train? Start your journey with us.
The train from Barcelona to Paris usually takes 10h 26m, but can take 6h 39m on the fastest services. You'll be travelling direct from Barcelona Sants to Paris Gare de Lyon with Renfe-SNCF. On board, you'll find comfortable seating, space for luggage and, on most services, free WiFi as standard.
Passing through miles of glorious Spanish and French countryside, you have the chance to enjoy breath-taking views you wouldn’t get from a plane or bus. Before you arrive, why not check out our guide to the best things to do in Paris.
Catch the morning train from Barcelona and you’ll be in Paris just in time for a late lunch, followed by a wander up to Le Marais neighbourhood – this is the most preserved medieval district of the city. You could even take a short subway ride to see Notre Dame de Paris before heading out on the town for the night.
Is there a night train from Barcelona to Paris?
There isn't a direct night train service that travels from Barcelona to Paris, although you can board an SNCF Intercités de Nuit sleeper train as part of your journey.
If you want to travel in style, why not choose a First Class train ticket from Barcelona to Paris? Renfe-SNCF's First Class offers reclining leather seats, head and footrests, reading lights and power sockets. You'll also get access to the Club Room/Lounge at the station with complimentary drinks, newspapers and WiFi.
Want to find out more about First Class train travel in Europe? Check out our guide to First Class v Second Class on European trains. If you're ready to book, start a search for cheap train tickets from Barcelona to Paris in our Journey Planner at the top of the page, or keep reading for money-saving tips and FAQs.
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.
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 Paris 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 Paris is 8 hours and 42 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 Paris is 6 hours and 47 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Barcelona to Paris can start from as little as €29 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 Paris without having to change trains. There are 2 direct trains from Barcelona to Paris each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Barcelona to Paris leaves at 08:15. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Barcelona to Paris leaves at 16:36. 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 Paris cover a distance of around 516 miles (831 km) during the journey.