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It is very simple to travel by train from Paris to Zaragoza, a journey made all the easier by the 2013 opening of the high-speed route linking France and Spain. Comfortable TGV trains speed from Paris to Barcelona in just 6 hrs 30 mins. It is then an easy change of train at Barcelona Sants station, where you switch from a French TGV to a Spanish high-speed train for the final leg of the journey to Zaragoza. The trains on that Barcelona to Zaragoza stretch are normally AVEs, but a few slightly slower Alvia trains ply the route too.
Bookings for this route normally open 90 days in advance, though the Spanish rail operator often releases tickets in batches. If you're having trouble finding trains, contact us and we'll email you when booking opens. The cheapest tickets sell out quickly on this key cross-border route, so you'll want to book early for the lowest fares.
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 Zaragoza
It is more than 300 km by train from Barcelona to Zaragoza, but this is a fast route. High-speed AVE services run at least hourly, the fastest taking just 75 mins for the journey. Even AVE trains which make a stop or two along the way still take less than 2 hrs. Up to six Alvia trains each day also serve the route, taking just over 2 hrs for the run to Zaragoza. Expect lots of tunnels, glimpses of distant hills and, on the approach to Zaragoza, some fine views of the Ebro Valley. All trains to Zaragoza depart from Barcelona Sants station and arrive at Zaragoza Delicias. If it all sounds a bit too fast for you, there are also slow regional trains linking the two cities. But, with a journey time of 5 hrs, the latter are really only for dedicated slow travellers.
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