On Track to Barcelona

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TGV Duplex.
TGV Duplex.

Rail Europe is the largest distributor of European rail products in North America, and the hottest new high-speed offering is the expanded rail network between France and Spain: the nonstop connection that allows passengers to travel between Paris and Barcelona in just under 6.5 hours. The double-decker TGV train operates twice daily, and the trip will be cut by 45 minutes when a new section of the rail line between Nimes and Montpellier is open.

According to Frederic Langlois, president and CEO Of Rail Europe, Inc., “Since this high-speed route opened in January 2014, until this June, over 300,000 passengers have crossed the French/Spanish border onboard this twice-daily service.” Langlois also points out another interesting fact: with 1,500 miles of track, Spain’s AVE trains serve the largest high-speed rail network in Europe; the figure for France is 1,168 miles.”

The French and Spanish railroad joint venture now provides an extensive network, for instance: in addition to Paris-Barcelona, passengers can travel on daily service Lyon-Barcelona (4h53m), Toulouse-Barcelona (3h07m), and Marseille-Madrid (7h03m).

For more information, visit raileurope.com.