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Travelling by Train from Montpellier to Barcelona

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.

Montpellier to Barcelona by train

It takes an average of 4h 53m to travel from Montpellier to Barcelona by train, over a distance of around 176 miles (284 km). There are normally 5 trains per day travelling from Montpellier to Barcelona and tickets for this journey start from €25 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 56m
Price€25 - €126.20
Distance176 miles (284 km)
Frequency5 trains per day
Departure stationMontpellier
Arrival stationBarcelona
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsunion_ivkoni

Montpellier to Barcelona train times

Check out the next trains departing from Montpellier to Barcelona for Friday 7th Aug 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
09:38 Montpellier St-Roch12:34 Barcelona SantsAVE 9731 SNCF Get tickets2h 56m, direct
13:44 Montpellier St-Roch16:53 Barcelona SantsTGV INOUI 9713 SNCF Get tickets3h 09m, direct
14:54 Montpellier St-Roch21:24 Barcelona Sant Andreu CondalTER 86987 SNCF Get tickets6h 30m, 1 change
15:07 Montpellier St-Roch21:24 Barcelona Sant Andreu CondalIntercités 4762 SNCF Get tickets6h 17m, 3 changes
16:54 Montpellier St-Roch22:29 Barcelona-Clot-AragoTER 86989 SNCF Get tickets5h 35m, 1 change
09:38 Montpellier St-Roch12:34 Barcelona SantsAVE 9731 SNCF Get tickets2h 56m, direct
13:44 Montpellier St-Roch16:53 Barcelona SantsTGV INOUI 9713 SNCF Get tickets3h 09m, direct
15:07 Montpellier St-Roch22:04 Barcelona Sant Andreu CondalIntercités 4762 SNCF Get tickets6h 57m, 2 changes
09:38 Montpellier St-Roch12:34 Barcelona SantsAVE 9731 SNCF Get tickets2h 56m, direct
13:44 Montpellier St-Roch16:53 Barcelona SantsTGV INOUI 9713 SNCF Get tickets3h 09m, direct

Renfe-SNCF trains from Montpellier to Barcelona

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

Cheap train tickets from Montpellier to Barcelona

Train tickets from Montpellier to Barcelona start at €25 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around €109.68.
lowest price found
from25
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price57.44
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price68.85
on the day
avg. single price109.68

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 Montpellier to Barcelona 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 guide to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap 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 Montpellier to Barcelona? 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 Montpellier to Barcelona take?

The average journey time by train between Montpellier and Barcelona is 4 hours and 53 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.

What's the fastest journey time between Montpellier and Barcelona by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Montpellier to Barcelona is 2 hours and 56 minutes.

How much does the train from Montpellier to Barcelona cost?

Train tickets from Montpellier to Barcelona can start from as little as €25 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Montpellier to Barcelona?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Montpellier to Barcelona without having to change trains. There are 2 direct trains from Montpellier to Barcelona. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Montpellier to Barcelona leaves at 09:38. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Montpellier to Barcelona leaves at 16:54. 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 Montpellier and Barcelona by train?

Trains travelling from Montpellier to Barcelona 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 Barcelona to Montpellier. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Montpellier to Barcelona.
Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Montpellier to Barcelona for a typical week day using timetable data for 07/08/2020. 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 03/08/2020 for travel on 23/02/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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