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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 3h 12m to travel from Montpellier to Barcelona by train, over a distance of around 176 miles (284 km). There are normally 2 trains per day travelling from Montpellier to Barcelona and tickets for this journey start from €18.40 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 3h 8m
PriceFrom €18.40
Distance176 miles (284 km)
Frequency2 trains per day
First train13:18
Last train18:17
Departure stationMontpellier
Arrival stationBarcelona
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsUnion Ivkoni (Bus), BlaBlaCar Bus, Flixbus, Renfe-SNCF, Renfe, ALSA, SNCF

Montpellier to Barcelona train times

Check out the next trains departing from Montpellier to Barcelona for Tuesday 13th December 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
12:18 15:34 3h 16m, direct
17:17 20:25 3h 8m, direct

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

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

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.

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).

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.

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.

Cheap train tickets from Montpellier to Barcelona

The price of train tickets from Montpellier to Barcelona starts at €18.40 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 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 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 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 3 hours and 12 minutes, with around 2 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 3 hours and 8 minutes.

How much does the train from Montpellier to Barcelona cost?

Train ticket prices from Montpellier to Barcelona can start from as little as €18.40 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 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 each day. 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 13:18. 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 18:17. 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.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Montpellier to Barcelona for a typical week day using timetable data for 12/13/2022. 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 10/22/2022 for travel on 10/22/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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