New rail services between France and Spain from 15th December 2013

New rail services between France and Spain from 15th December 2013


From member : Adif

On 15th December 2013, direct high speed trains will commence between Spain and France.

17 cities in Spain and France connected by direct train

Renfe and SNCF will start their high speed service between Spain and France with five trains daily in each direction connecting 17 cities and increasing the potential destinations. Finally, the two biggest high speed networks in Europe are connected.

Five trains daily in each direction

The journey between Barcelona and Paris will take 6 hours 25 minutes. It will be a direct journey from Barcelona Sants station to the Gare de Lyon in Paris, with stops in Gerona, Figueras, Perpignan, Narbonne, Montpellier, Nimes and Valence. Initially, there will be two trains in each direction per day.
Madrid to Marseille will now take seven hours. One train per day each way will run between Madrid Puerta de Atocha and Saint Charles station in Marseille, also connecting with Barcelona, Gerona, Figueras, Perpignan, Beziers, Montpellier, Nimes, Avignon and Aix -en Provence.

A European network of connections

This service is the first step in the integration of the Spanish high-speed network with the rest of Europe. A future plan for this service will be a supply of high-speed trains to other countries, with 22 stations and 150 potential direct routes

A success history

This service shows the Spanish commitment to interoperability and the success of the design parameters adopted by Adif for each subsystem in the development of the High Speed Network together with our deep involvement in the development of rail corridors and the TEN-T.