France - Spain High Speed : Overview

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There is nothing more exciting than travelling around Europe by train, you can travel from Scotland to Turkey and everywhere in between - each month take a look at suggested itineraries, top tips & product suggestions for our destination of the month!

July - We love Spain

Spain is a country full of amazing culture including music & dance, incredible food, beautiful beaches and unique architecture. The best way to experience all of it is by train! 

Suggested Itineraries:

Itinerary 1:
  • Paris to Barcelona (France-Spain Hight Speed) ....6h19m
    • Recommend 2-3 nights in Barcelona
    • Recommend a guided walking tour to get your bearings
    • Have some time away from La Rambla to have a more authentic local experience
    • Don't miss seeing Park Guell and Sagrada Familia because of the queue pre-book here
  • Barcelona to Valencia.......................................3h09m
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in Valencia
    • Make sure to visit The Central Market of Valencia with over 1000 stalls! 
  • Valencia to Seville ..........................................3h58m
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in Seville
    • Get early access to the Seville Cathedral by pre-booking here
  • Seville to Cordoba...........................................45m
  • Cordoba to Madrid.........................................1h44m
    • Recommend 2-3 nights in Madrid
    • Recommend a guided tour to get your bearings
  • Madrid to Marseille (France-Spain High Speed) .7h59m
Itinerary 2: 
  • Marseille to Barcelona (France-Spain Hight Speed) .4h37m
    • Recommend 2-3 nights in Barcelona
    • Recommend a guided walking tour to get your bearings
    • Have some time away from La Rambla to have a more authentic local experience
    • Don't miss seeing Park Guell and Sagrada Familia because of the queue pre-book here
  • Barcelona to San Sebastian.................................5h40m
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in San Sebastian
    • San Sebastian has a bit of everything from wine & food, amazing walks, beautiful beaches to incredible architecture - make sure you see it all! 
  • San Sebastian to Pamplona ................................1h42m
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in Pamplona
    • Home of the San Fermin festival, learn about the history of running with the bulls
  • Pamplona to Madrid............................................3h03m
    • Recommend 2-3 nights in Madrid
    • Recommend a guided tour to get your bearings
  • Madrid to Avignon (France-Spain High Speed) .......7h17m

June - We love Italy

For the ultimate rail-foodie experience of Italy, check out Jess & Amanda's blog here! 

Suggested Itineraries:

One of our favourite routes is of course our Comprehensive Food Guide itinerary: Venice --> Milan --> Bologna --> Florence --> Naples --> Rome, but here are a couple more to get your creative travel juices flowing: 

Itinerary 1:
  • Zurich to Venice (with Swiss-Italy Eurocity) .........6h31m
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in Venice
    • Recommend a guided walking tour to get your bearings
    • Take a day trip to Verona and visit the famous Casa di Giulietta (Juliet's balcony from Romeo & Juliet)
  • Venice to Florence ...........................................2h37m
    • Recommend 2 nights in Florence
    • Make sure to visit Santa Maria del Fiore
    • Take a day trip to Pisa for some Gelato and to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Florence to Salerno .........................................3h23m
    • Recommend 2 nights in Salerno
    • Visit the famous Amalfi Coast
    • Do a tour of Pompeii
    • Head to Naples and try the original Margherita Pizza
  • Salerno to Rome.............................................1h55m
    • Recommend 2-3 nights in Rome
    • Get a Front of the Line Pass to visit the Vatican City and the Colosseum 
    • Try a cooking class and learn to make real Italian pasta
  • Rome to Ancona.............................................3h34m
    • Either do this as a day trip or spend 1 night
    • Use your Eurail Pass to get 20% off an SNAV overnight ferry to Split, Croatia
Itinerary 2: 
  • Nice to Milan (with Thello) .................................4h35m
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in Milan
    • Take a day trip or add a side trip to Lake Como
  • Milan to Bologna ..............................................59m
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in Bologna
    • Visit FICO Eataly World
  • Bologna to Florence..........................................39m
    • Recommend 2 nights in Florence
    • Visit Ponte Vecchio bridge for a classic Florence photo opportunity & to see amazing jewelry & art
    • Wake up early to see the Statue of David and avoid the queue
  • Florence to Rome..............................................2h02m
    • Recommend 2-3 nights in Rome
    • To get your bearings try a Hop On Hop Off Rome Pass
    • Take some down time and enjoy Apertivo Time in the evening (plus free snacks)
  • Rome to Venice................................................3h23m
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in Venice
    • Sample canapes and get to know the city on a Cicchetti Crawl
    • Add a bit of romance with a Gondola ride
  • Venice to Munich (direct with Brenner EuroCity)...6h39m

May - We love Switzerland

Suggested Itineraries:

The Grand Train Tour of Switzerland and Ultimate Grand Train Tour of Switzerland are our most popular journeys and are highly recommend. 

For something a bit different here are a couple of alternative itinerary options that we can tailor make:

Itinerary 1:
  • Paris to Lausanne (direct with TGV Lyria) ............3h40m
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in Lausanne
    • Recommend visiting the Olympic Museum
  • Lausanne to Interlaken (via Bern) ......................2h31m
    • Recommend 2 nights in Interlaken
    • Lauterbrunnen is a great alternative stop to Interlaken
    • Recommend a day trip to Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe
  • Interlaken to Montreux on board the GoldenPass Line scenic rail journey
    • Recommend 2 nights in Montreux 
    • Take the Chocolate Train (May - October) or the Cheese Train (January - April) for a special treat
  • Montreux to Zermatt ........................................2h39m
    • Recommend 2 nights in Zermatt
    • Experience the Gornergrat Mountain Excursion
  • Zermatt to St Moritz on board the Glacier Express scenic rail journey
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in St Moritz
  • St Moritz to Zurich ...........................................3h21m
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in Zurich
  • Zurich to Vienna (direct with Railjet) ..................7h43m
Itinerary 2: 
  • Milan to Zurich (direct route available) ................3h40m
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in Zurich
  • Zurich to Lucerne .............................................45m
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in Lucerne
  • Lucerne to Lugano on board the Gotthard Panorama Express scenic rail journey
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in Lugano
  • Lugano to St Mortiz on board the Bernina Express scenic rail journey
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in St Moritz
  • St Moritz to Zermatt on board the Glacier Express scenic rail journey
    • Recommend 2 nights in Zermatt
    • Experience the Gornergrat Mountain Excursion
  • Zermatt to Basel (via Visp) ................................3h16m
    • Recommend 2 nights in Basel
  • Basel to Paris (direct with TGV Lyria) ..................3h03m

Coming soon:

July - We love Spain

August - We love the UK

September - We love Germany

October - We love Austria

November - We love France

December - We love Eurail

 

France - Spain High Speed

Travel during the day between France and Spain in under 6.5 hours, onboard a high speed TGV or AVE train.

France-Spain High Speed services connect  21 cities between the two countries and allow for connections to multiple  destinations in France and  Spain.

  • TGV Duplex from Paris to Barcelona
  • AVE from Toulouse or Lyon to Barcelona
  • AVE from Marseille to Madrid
  • Montpellier to Barcelona

Benefits of travelling on France-Spain High Speed trains:

  • City centre to City centre
  • Easy boarding
  • Relax and enjoy the scenery
  • Travelling by train is convenient, comfortable & time-saving
  • Feeling hungry Not a problem with onboard catering
  • Frequent departures & routes
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Travelling with pets is no problem