It is now easier than ever before to travel by train to Spain - whether from England, France or elsewhere in western and central Europe. New high-speed services from Paris started in late 2013, and Barcelona now has direct daytime trains from a dozen French cities. Madrid also has direct trains from a growing number of cities in France.
With such good connections, it is easy to plan same-day connections from London to Barcelona and beyond. Loco2 has all the information you need to plan your journey. You can book your rail travel to and from Spain here on Loco2, and we can also handle bookings for journeys around the country.
Rail travellers in Spain benefit from a growing network of dedicated high-speed lines, extremely modern trains and some lovely stations. Reservations are required for almost all long-distance services and even for many regional routes, so you'll need to book in advance. The 'hop on and ride' culture barely exists on Spanish trains. The number of tickets on sale is limited to the number of seats on the train. At main stations you need to check in and be ready to board the train a few minutes before the advertised departure time. Bear in mind that at many stations your luggage will go through a simple security scan, so allow plenty of time. This may all sound a hassle, but actually it gives a special ambiance to rail travel in Spain. It is civilised, stylish and relaxed.
Trains in Spain
- Day/Regional Train
- Night train
- High-speed train
- Scenic train
Spain fact file
- Currency: Euro
- Timezone: 1+ UTC
- Language: Spanish; Catalan in Catalonia and the wider Levante region; Basque in Euskal Herria and parts of Navarre; several regional Romance languages such as Aranese and Galician.