Travelling on a France-Spain High Speed train
At a glance
- High speed train
France-Spain high speed trains provide fast and comfortable rail links between major cities in France and Spain, as part of a joint venture between the French national rail company SNCF and Spain’s national rail operator Renfe.
France-Spain high speed trains are sleek, modern and comfortable. They run on popular routes between the two neighbouring countries, offering speedy rail connections between French cities including Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier and Toulouse and Spanish sweet spots like Madrid, Barcelona, Girona and Figueres.
Fast, double-decker TGV Europlex trains are used when travelling between Paris or Toulouse and Barcelona, while AVE S-100 trains run on the routes from Lyon and Marseille to Barcelona.
Before you board
If you have chosen the option of printing your ticket at the station, make sure to validate your ticket using the yellow stamp machines on the platforms before you board the train in France. Print-at-home and mobile tickets don’t need to be validated.
At Paris Gare de Lyon, Marseille Saint-Charles, Valence TGV, Aix-en-Provence TGV and Avignon TGV train stations, ticket control will occur through boarding gates. You need to scan your ticket by holding it in front of a scanner provided which triggers the gates to open. At all other French train stations, ticket control will take place once onboard. You must always ensure that you have the correct ticket that corresponds to your journey along with any other documents that prove any price reductions if you have purchased a special fare ticket.
If you start your journey in Spain, ticket control takes place before boarding.
Air conditioning comes as standard on France-Spain high speed trains. There is good luggage space onboard.
France-Spain high speed trains offer wifi in both Standard Class and First Class and as well as power sockets in both classes of service.
A bar-bistro carriage is available on France-Spain high speed trains. It offers hot and cold snacks, sandwiches, breakfast, salads, cakes, hot and cold drinks, beer and wine.
Booking and printing options
France-Spain high speed tickets are open for bookings 120 days in advance.
A reservation is needed to travel onboard all France-Spain high speed trains.
Get the lowest prices on France-Spain high speed trains by booking early and don’t wait until the last minute as cheaper seats sell out quickly.
Opt for off-peak France-Spain high speed trains when you have to travel at short notice.
Off-peak France-Spain high speed trains are more affordable than ones running mornings and evenings along with those running around the holidays, Fridays and Sunday afternoons.
Classes of service
France-Spain high speed trains offer seated accommodation in two classes: Standard Class and First Class
France-Spain high speed First Class (Preferente)
Seating in France-Spain high speed First Class (Preferente) is more spacious than in Standard Class. All First Class seats recline and come with head and footrests, power sockets, reading lights and a table. First Class ticket-holders also gain access to exclusive Renfe VIP lounges in Spanish train stations (except Figueres), offering complimentary drinks, internet access and international newspapers.
France-Spain high speed Standard Class (Turista)
Seating in TGV Standard Class is comfortable, with reclining seats. There are some groups of four seats around a table, while others are arranged in pairs. Power sockets are also available at most seats.