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Damian Corrigan

Trains from France to Barcelona: High-Speed Route in 2013

By October 12, 2012

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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has promised that the Barcelona to Paris high-speed train route will be operational by April 2013, according to an article in La Vanguardia.

All that is required is for the Spanish end of the high-speed train line to be put into place. The exact journey duration has not yet been unveiled, but with existing trains from Paris to Perpignan, the French part of the route, taking under five hours, it would seem that the 1,000km journey from Paris to Barcelona should take around six. That's city center to city center, with no need for extended check-in times or getting to out-of-town transport hubs, and no hand baggage restrictions or surly customs guards.

The new train line will also stop in Figueres, home to the Salvador Dali Museum.

Spain has the most high-speed train services in Europe. The AVE, as it is called, for many years only ran from Madrid to Seville, but has since expanded to Madrid to Barcelona, Madrid to Malaga and a few minor routes around the country.

Read more about the AVE Train in Spain

October 23, 2012 at 5:26 pm
(1) Petal says:

Cool! That is the first I’ve heard of this and it is good. Very good indeed! Paris/Barcelona in one trip. I like it. Like It.

November 3, 2012 at 5:01 am
(2) Easy says:

I really hope this happens. I travel Uk, Paris, Barcelona, Malaga often and would love to do this by train

February 15, 2013 at 12:40 am
(3) Wishful traveller says:

It is now mid-Febrauary 2013, any update on if this is happening?

April 5, 2013 at 1:43 am
(4) Mary says:

Hope it is up and running when we want to go by train, Mid June..

April 11, 2013 at 12:35 pm
(5) jota says:

cuando van a vender entradas?
when are tickets available?


July 13, 2013 at 8:54 am
(6) Jaya G says:

Namaste ! Sounds excellent. Kindly inform me, whether this train connection is already available this summer 2013 … latest around September-October ! Or anytime … Would be useful.

November 2, 2013 at 11:19 am
(7) Louise says:

Wish to travel first class single cabin Paris to Barcelona. Hate changing trains, did the Brussels run in 2 minutes(yuk) is it express. Do t mind paying to not go by plane. Australia to Europe enough!,,

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