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Driving from France to Spain

How to Get from France to Spain by Car

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On this page you will find basic information about driving from France to Spain.

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Driving from France to Spain: Basic Information

Paris to Barcelona

  • Distance: 1,000km
  • How: Driving directly south from Paris, you hit the coast near Montpellier and continue along the sea until Barcelona.
  • Also on this route: Orleans, Clermont-Ferrand, Beziers, Perpignan, Figueres, Girona. Beyond Barcelona you'll reach Tarragona, Valencia, the Costa Blanca, Alicante and Murcia.

However, a simpler option is to take the direct train: Book Train from Paris to Barcelona

If you're taking this train, you will probably save money by with a Spain-France rail pass. Read about the Spain-France Rail Pass.

Paris to Madrid

  • Distance: 1,300km
  • How: Head south-west from Paris, eventually reaching the west coast of France. Continue south and cross over the border into Spain.
  • Also on this route: Orleans, Tours, Bordeaux, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Burgos. Beyond Madrid (to the south) are Granada and Seville.

There is also a direct Paris-Madrid train: Book Train from Paris to Madrid

Paris to Santiago de Compostela

  • Distance: 1,550km
  • How: As above, but heading along the north coast of Spain when you reach San Sebastian.
  • Also on this route: Orleans, Tours, Bordeaux, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Santander, Oviedo.

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