Train travel from Madrid to Barcelona to Marseille to Paris

My wife and I wish to travel by train from Madrid to Barcelona on 29 July 2014, then from Barcelona to Mediterranean France (Marseille, Toulon, Cannes, Nice) on 31 July 2014 and then to Paris on 2 or 3 August 2014. What is the best recommended train travel plan that is comfortable for the long journey to Paris and least costly but comfortable for the shorter journeys to Barcelona and Mediterranean France?

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Rail Europe Posted 5 years ago

Hello Anthony,

Thanks for your question.

As you are travelling extensively within France, I suggest that you purchase a France Rail pass.

However for your travel outside France, you would have to purchase point to point tickets as follows:

- Madrid to BarcelonaAVE train. You would have to purchase point to point tickets.

- Barcelona to Narbonne - France-Spain High Speed train. You would have to purchase point to point tickets

- Narbonne to Marseille – TER train. You can travel with your pass.

France Rail Pass allows unlimited travel on the national rail network of France.

With a France Rail pass you can travel free on regional trains.

Reservations are mandatory on high-speed trains, night trains, scenic trains and border crossing trains.

With a Pass the seat reservations will be offered at discounted fares (Pass holder fares).

The pass seats can be reserved by clicking on "book a compulsory seat reservation when using your rail pass & feed in the Departure city and the Arrival city along with the travel date and preferred time & the number of passengers (Senior, adults, youth and children), and then click on “search tickets”. Once you do so, you would find the schedules along with the fares.

In order to book tickets, please visit our website

Hope this helps.


Aamir, Rail Europe Travel Expert

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Yes! This is very helpful thanks! We will visit thte website to book tickets.

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Hello Anthony,

Thanks for your comment.

Always happy to help you :)

Have a great journey head


Aamir, Rail Europe Travel Expert

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