2nd Class Seat & 1st Class Sleeping Compartment for overnight options from Paris to Barcelona & then Barcelona to London

My family and I are traveling from Paris to Barcelona and Barcelona to London this summer and we are looking at the overnight options to save some money and daylight for sightseeing. We are not planning on getting a Rail Pass for this trip.When I am looking at options to buy tickets online, I only get options to purchase economy class, first class and premier class tickets and sleeping compartments. Well, I would like to purchase second class seats for the train and then first class sleeping compartments for the four of us. How do I go about mixing and matching between economy seats and the first class sleeping compartment?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) January 09, 2017 16:47
    Hi Sarah,

    An overnight connection from Paris to Barcelona would take about 14.5 hours in duration and involves 2 train changes en route; once in Toulouse and then once in Narbonne. The segment from Paris to Toulouse would be on the actual overnight train.

    An overnight connection from Barcelona to London would take something more like 18 to 18.5 hours in duration and involves 3 train changes en route; once in Narbonne, once in Toulouse, and then once in Paris. Once again, the actual overnight train would be on the segment between Toulouse and Paris. In Paris, you would have to commute between different rail stations in order to make your connection to London.

    You would check schedules and purchase tickets by searching a route under 'Find Train Tickets' on our homepage, www.raileurope.com. Connections such as these would just have to be pieced together by doing a separate search for each segment.

    Therefore, for the trip from Paris down to Barcelona, you would do one search to access the night train from Paris to Toulouse, another search for connecting trains from Toulouse to Narbonne the following morning, and the another search for connecting trains from Narbonne to Barcelona.

    For the trip from Barcelona to London, you would do one search for trains from Barcelona to Narbonne, another search for connecting trains from Narbonne to Toulouse, another search to access the night train from Toulouse to Paris, and then another search for trains from Paris to London the following morning.

    When you pull up the results of your searches, you will see that the night train from Toulouse to Paris arrives into the Austerlitz station in Paris, while the trains from Paris to London depart from the Nord station. To commute from the Austerlitz station to the Nord station, you would take M5 of the Paris Métro. The ride on the Métro from Austerlitz to Nord would take at least 15 minutes, but you would still want to allow yourself at least about 2 hours between your arrival from Toulouse and your departure to London. You would pay to ride the Métro locally at the turnstiles before boarding.

    When you pull up the results of your Paris-Toulouse searches, you would check the type of sleeping compartments offered for the night tran by clicking the 'View' button for each fare that displays. The only sleeping compartments offered on this train are '4 person couchettes' and '6 person couchettes'. Otherwise, this night train has 2nd class seats that passengers can reserve instead. A ticket would be for one or the other; space in a sleeping compartment or a 2nd class seat. A ticket would not be inclusive of both space in sleeping compartment and a 2nd class seat.

    For sleeping compartments on night trains, the class of service is generally determined by how many people a particular compartment sleeps. Generally, with regard to the night train between Paris and Toulouse, the '4 person couchettes' are found under the 'Comfort' heading for fares, while the '6 person couchettes' and the 2nd class seats are found under the 'Economy' heading for fares. Therefore, if you wish to reserve one compartment for as many as 5 or 6 passengers, then you would just have to expect that it would be considered 2nd class ('Economy'). In that sense, you can often just disregard class of service on night trains.

    The night train between Paris and Toulouse is the 'Intercités de Nuit' train. Generally, these trains can be booked once within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    Trains between Toulouse and Narbonne are regional 'TER' trains or 'Intercité' trains. Generally, these trains can be booked once within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    Trains between Narbonne and Barcelona are 'France-Spain High Speed' trains. Generally, these trains can be booked once within 120 days of an intended departure.

    The trains between Paris and London are high-speed 'Eurostar' trains. Generally, these trains can be booked 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure.
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