Southern France cities like Montpellier are perfectly poised for trips over the border and into Spain, and you can get to Barcelona in less than three hours on a Renfe-SNCF train. These high-speed services let you travel with up to three bags, offer wide comfortable seating and allow you travel from city centre to city centre in one journey – something flying just can’t offer!
Once you arrive into the Catalonia capital of Barcelona, the station's central location means you'll be able to check out the city's famous landmarks like the Casa Mila or Park Guell straight away, as well as the iconic Sagrada Familia basilica. Keen to learn more? Keep reading for train times, ticket prices and FAQs about taking the train from Montpellier to Barcelona.
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 Montpellier 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.
The average journey time by train between Montpellier and Barcelona is 4 hours and 21 minutes, with around 5 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 Montpellier to Barcelona is 3 hours and 3 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Montpellier to Barcelona can start from as little as €14.50 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 Montpellier to Barcelona without having to change trains. There are 3 direct trains from Montpellier to Barcelona each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Montpellier to Barcelona leaves at 05:52. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Montpellier to Barcelona leaves at 17:45. 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 Montpellier to Barcelona cover a distance of around 176 miles (284 km) during the journey.