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Prices explained

At Loco2 we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Loco2 searches to estimate the cheapest fares you should be able to find for your journey.

The cheapest price is the lowest fare we've ever found for this journey. These prices can usually be found by searching when booking opens but they vary due to availability, which depends on factors like the day of the week or time of year.

More popular journeys include 30 day advance and 7 day advance prices. These are updated every two weeks using prices we've found by searching exactly 7 or 30 days from the most recent Thursday (we picked Thursday because this is when average prices are usually found).

30 day and 7 day prices fluctuate based on demand and availability at the time of search. For example, the 7-day price in summer is likely to be more expensive than the same journey in winter.

Prices are sourced in GBP and converted to other currencies using the daily market exchange rate.

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More advice about how to find the cheapest tickets can be found in our infographic.

  1. Cheapest price £45.00
  2. 30 day advance £80.00
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  1. The introduction in 2014 of a once-daily direct train from Lyon to Barcelona was a boost for travellers heading from France's Saône-Rhône region to Catalonia. The service is run by Spanish rail operator Renfe (in conjunction with SNCF) using Renfe's top-of-the-range AVE trains. The journey takes 5 hrs 10 mins. Skirting the Rhône Valley as it speeds south, the train then follows the Mediterranean coast. It cuts under the Pyrenees using a high-speed line linking France and Spain.

    Bookings for this service normally open four months in advance of travel, and it is a route where you must book early to secure the cheapest tickets. If the timings of the direct service do not suit your travel plans, bear in mind that there are at least two additional connections per day from Lyon to Barcelona, each requiring just one change of train along the way (usually at Valence TGV or Nîmes).


    Lyon to Barcelona

    The direct AVE train from Lyon to Barcelona leaves from Lyon Part Dieu station and arrives at Barcelona Sants station. The once-daily direct train makes eight stops on the way to Barcelona. While the early part of the route bypasses the Rhône Valley towns, later in the journey you'll get close-up views of a number of famous cities – Nîmes, Montpellier, Perpignan and Girona among them. For the best views of the coast in the stretch beyond Montpellier, book a seat on the left side of the train. Upon arrival at Barcelona Sants, there is a good onward connecting service to Zaragoza and Madrid.

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Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.

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