Fastest journey8hr 16m
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. There is some very fine scenery along the way too. Early on in the journey, you sweep through Burgundy vineyards, and later on there are engaging views of the coastal landscapes of Languedoc. After the stop at Perpignan, the train speeds south towards the Pyrenees, before diving under the mountains in the Perthus Tunnel.
If you worry that six and half hours if a long time to spend on one train, fear not! This rates as one of favourite high-speed routes. You can relax and gaze out of the window and, from to time, wander along to the bistro for a coffee or a snack. The direct services from Paris to Barcelona are all operated by French TGV trains. But it's a joint venture with Spanish rail operator Renfe, so you find a dash of Spanish style combining with French flair on this international route.
Barcelona to Zaragoza-Delicias
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.
Other journeys to Zaragoza View all journeys to Zaragoza
- From Barcelona from £13.00
- From Madrid from £19.50
- From Pamplona from £6.50
- From San Sebastián from £14.50