Fastest journey1hr 20m
The train from Barcelona to Perpignan is very fast, thanks to a new high-speed rail route which dives under the Pyrenees to link France and Spain. Both Spanish AVE and French TGV trains serve this cross-border route, taking between 80 and 90 mins for the 177-km journey. For the best views of the Pyrenees, sit on the left side of the train.
Train tickets for the Barcelona to Perpignan route usually go on sale 120 days prior to travel. Book early for the cheapest fares.
If you prefer slow trains, you can also travel to Perpignan from Barcelona via the old line. The cross-border stretch along the rugged coast is very beautiful. There are half a dozen daily departures, each involving a change of train at Portbou. Allow 4 hrs to travel right through to Perpignan.
Barcelona to Perpignan
Direct high-speed TGV or AVE trains leave Barcelona for Perpignan five to seven times each day (depending on season). These services all depart from Barcelona Sants station. Your train will make two brief stops in Spain (at Girona and Figueres) before diving into the new Perthus Tunnel which runs through the Pyrenees. The Spanish-French border is in the middle of the tunnel.
Other journeys to Perpignan View all journeys to Perpignan
- From Lyon from £27.50
- From Girona from £14.00
- From Narbonne from £8.00
- From Montpellier Saint-Roch from £17.00
- From Paris from £22.00
- From Toulouse-Matabiau from £15.00
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Image credits: Castillet of Perpignan © Alexsalcedo