Fastest journey10hr 12m
It is easy to travel by train from Paris to Valencia. The journey of over 1400 km can be completed in 11 hrs with just one change of train. Start by taking an early high-speed TGV Duplex from Paris to Barcelona. Book a seat on the left side of the upper deck of the train for the best views.
In Barcelona you’ll arrive at Sants station, where you’ll join the second train of the trip. On the ride from Barcelona to Valencia opt again for a seat on the left of the train for good views of the Mediterranean.
Bookings for this itinerary from Paris to Valencia via Barcelona usually open 90 days prior to travel. If you find that the Paris to Barcelona leg is already available, but the second train is not yet available, go ahead and purchase a ticket for that first leg. Cheap tickets often sell out early. You can then buy a second ticket from Barcelona to Valencia when bookings open for this part of the journey.
Note that the Spanish rail operator often releases tickets in batches, so if you're having trouble finding trains from Barcelona to Valencia, contact us and we'll email you when booking opens.
Paris to Barcelona
Direct TGV trains to Barcelona leave Paris two to four times per day. The frequency is higher in summer than winter. The TGVs to Barcelona leave from the Gare de Lyon in Paris. In Barcelona they terminate at Sants station. This journey is focused on speed, so there are not a lot of stops along the way - from six to ten depending on which train you take. All trains stop at the historic cities of Montpellier, Perpignan and Girona. The part of the journey south from Perpignan has good views of the Pyrenees.
Barcelona to Valencia
All trains from Barcelona to Valencia depart from Barcelona Sants station. Most trains additionally serve Barcelona Estacio de França station. Intercity, Regional Express and Talgo trains arrive in Valencia at Estacíon del Norte station while Alvia and Euromed trains arrive at the new Joaquín Sorolla station. The two stations are close to each other, just south of the city centre, and are connected by a free shuttle bus.
Talgo and Intercity trains take about 30 mins longer than the fast Euromed services for the run to Valencia while the Regional Express takes another 2 hrs. Depending on train type, services will stop on this route just twice (Euromed) or over 20 times (Regional Express).
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