Fastest journey1hr 54m
Speed in comfort from Narbonne to Barcelona by train in just 2 hrs. The swift travel time is due to the opening in 2013 of a high-speed line that cuts under the Pyrenees.
Real purists who do not like the idea of dashing so fast across the French-Spanish border can always take locals trains that stick to the classic coastal route, crossing into Spain at Portbou (and changing there from a French to a Spanish train for the onward journey through Catalonia to Barcelona). That whole journey will take about 5 hrs.
Booking opens around 120 days in advance, and that's when you'll find the cheapest tickets. However, the Spanish rail operator often releases tickets in batches. If you're having trouble finding tickets, contact us and we'll send you an email when booking opens.
Narbonne to Barcelona
Three to five times daily (depending on the time of year), a sleek modern high-speed train leaves Narbonne station bound for Barcelona. The trains that travel this route are either Spanish AVEs or French TGVs – some of the latter are double-decker trains so book a seat on the upper level for the best views.
With just three stops along the way, and some great views of the Pyrenees, the journey is over almost before it has begun. The train terminates at Sants station in Barcelona, although one of the daily services from Narbonne continues beyond Barcelona, running on non-stop to Madrid.
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Image credits: Sagrada Familia by Andrew E. Larsen