I'm trying to book tickets from Paris to Barcelona via Figueres, but I can't find the same trains I saw before for the segment from Figueres to Barcelona. Please help.

My wife and I live in Las Vegas and we are planning our first trip to Europe this fall. During our vacation we need to travel from Paris to Barcelona on Saturday September 6th during the day. The most economical option would be to fly “EasyJet” but we would prefer to take a train so we can see the countryside. We don’t want to take the night train either or we won’t see anything either.

From what I’ve read online, the best option is to take a train from the Paris Gare Lyon station to Figueres and change trains there to Barcelona Sants station?
When I was searching the Rail Europe website last month, I kept getting the following itinerary which would be perfect.

7:15am Depart Paris
12:41 Arrive Figueres

13:03 Depart Figueres
14:46 Arrive Barcelona Sants

Now I’m getting a much longer layover in Figueres when I search. It shows the same train from Paris to Figueres but the train from Figueres to Barcelona Sants leaves in the evening?

When I search from Figueres to Barcelona by itself on the RENFE website I get many trains going from Figueres to Barcelona Sants?

When I search September I get no results.

Am I planning too far in advance? Will the perfect itinerary listed above be available in September?

Are there other options? Perhaps changing trains in Lyon or Montpellier instead of Figueres?

Please help!

Thank you.

dchabira@cox.net
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 09, 2012 18:08
    Hi David,

    You can still view the schedule you found before by doing separate searches for each segment of the connection. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Paris to Figueres and then another search for connecting trains from Figueres to Barcelona. The connection via Figueres is the most feasible way to get from Paris to Barcelona during the day.

    Trains from Paris to Figueres can only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure, and trains from Figueres to Barcelona can only be booked within 60 to 90 days of an intended date of departure. Since your departure date falls outside of these time frames, you would just enter an earlier date to get an idea of cost and schedule when searching the route on our website.
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  • Thank you very much! I'm still trying to decide what route of transportation is best. EasyJet is cheap and quick and we could sleep a little later on Saturday morning. However, getting to the Airport could be painful.

    I still love the idea of the day train as I want to see as much of Europe as possible.

    I assume if we missed our connection in Figueres which is very tight, we could take a taxi from 'Figueres Vilafant' to the old Figueres station in town and take a local train on into Barcelona? I just don't want to miss boarding our cruise ship on Sunday.

    I appreciate your help.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 11, 2012 18:51
    Hi David,

    Yes, you can do that. Tickets for those regional trains from Figueres down to Barcelona are only able to be purchased locally upon arrival, so that wouldn't be a problem. Those trains depart about once every hour and take about 2 hours in duration.
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  • hi interested in this as going in july from london. my understanding is that the paris train stops at platform and you walk over to barcelona treain which is waiting for you as it is a special platform for these trains only.
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  • I wouldn’t recommend this. When we were planning our European vacation last year we wanted to see as much of the countryside as possible. We flew from Vegas to London, from London to Paris we took a morning Eurostar train which was fabulous. We had hoped to take a daytime train from Paris to Barcelona when I started this thread.

    The only good direct train from Paris to Barcelona is a nighttime train that you sleep on. I played with the idea of making this connection but it was just too risky. The connection time is too tight. If you miss you’re connection, the next train is 10-12 hours later. You can take a taxi to another smaller train station, and take a local train to Barcelona, but it’s just not worth it.
    We ended up flying from Paris (Orly) on Vueling for $69 USD each. Even cheaper than the train and multiple flights daily.

    I highly recommend staying at the Barcelo Sants Hotel in Barcelona. It’s above the main train station (Estacio Sants). It’s an easy train ride from inside the airport and a main link to the Metro system. We loved the hotel. It’s very modern, great free high speed internet, and everyone at the front desk speaks English. We stayed there before and after our Mediterranean cruise. Buy a T10 Transit ticket. It’s good for ten trips on the local trains or metro and more than one person can use the same ticket.
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  • I found Travelocity's "Rail Europe" link the most helpful for planning my European Train trips.

    http://travelocity.raileurope.com/ind...
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  • Hi Launa,
    It is possible to travel by train from London to Paris and then Paris to Barcelona, but you would need to make a connection on the Paris Metro from Paris Nord to Paris Gare Lyon stations.
    You could purchase a Paris Visite card to make this travel between the train stations in Paris.
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