Thinking about taking the train from Lyon to Barcelona? We’ve got you covered.
You can expect the journey from Lyon to Barcelona by train to take around 5 hours. On this route, which spans 331 miles (532 km), you may not need to worry about making any changes along the way either as direct trains are available (from July 2023). Sit back and let a high-speed Renfe train whisk you to Barcelona in just under 5 hours.
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Keep reading for more information about the train journey to Barcelona, including FAQs, timetables with first and last train times and tips on booking cheap train tickets. If you’re ready to book, just start a search for tickets with us today.
Lyon to Barcelona by high-speed AVE train from €29 *
¡Vamos a Barcelona! Head to Spain with Renfe – from 13th July 2023, you’ll be able to travel from Lyon to Barcelona on a direct, high-speed AVE train. With tickets from €29, say adiós to flying and hop on board a Renfe train to Spain. Running every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, with free WiFi, super comfortable seats and even air-conditioning, you can sit back and relax as you travel from Lyon to Barcelona in style.
* Prices subject to availability.
It takes an average of 9h 45m to travel from Lyon to Barcelona by train, over a distance of around 331 miles (532 km). There are normally 5 trains per day travelling from Lyon to Barcelona and tickets for this journey start from £44.05 when you book in advance.
From 5h 2m
331 miles (532 km)
5 trains per day
Direct trains available
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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.
AVE is Renfe's flagship high-speed service, with trains capable of reaching up to 193 mph (310 km/h). It’s one of the fastest trains in Europe and connects the main cities of Spain. Most AVE trains offer two comfort classes – Estándard (Standard Class) and Confort (First Class equivalent, with 1-1 configuration, ultra-wide seats, gourmet food and drink and lounge access). All AVE trains have air conditioning, power sockets, free WiFi and a buffet carriage serving a selection of food and drinks. There are three fares for AVE services: the cheapest but least flexible Básico fare, the Elige fare (slightly pricier but more flexible), and the Premium fare for seats in Confort Class.
In AVE's Estándar Class, you'll enjoy comfortable fuss-free travel. With luggage storage and air-conditioning throughout, there's access to their bar/restaurant carriage serving drinks and snacks and seats are usually in a row of 2 or 4 around a table. On board, you'll enjoy:
Onboard AVE's Confort Class, you’ll enjoy all the amenities of Estándar Class as well as extra perks, such as complimentary food and drinks, free newspapers and more. Don't forget to enjoy access to Renfe's Club Rooms before your trip to kick it off in style. On board, you'll enjoy:
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 Lyon to Barcelona 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.