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Paris - Barcelona (Elipsos Trainhotel Sleeper Train)

Rail

The Journey

The overnight trainhotel (trenhotel) between Paris and Barcelona is the easiest way to travel between the two cities by train. The journey is made on board a rolling hotel, the Joan Miro run by Elipsos.

There are four principal seating options, with the most uncomfortable (for an overnight journey) being a standard reclining seat. Often the cheapest option is to travel in Tourist Class, which is a four-berth cabin with washbasin. Preferente cabins have one or two berths, with a washbasin and breakfast included. The most luxurious class is the Gran Clase, which has one or two berths, a private shower, toilet, and includes breakfast and dinner in the price.

Fare discounts are available if you are travelling as a pair or as a family. See the fare table below, or follow the booking links for further information.


Elipsos (Renfe) Trenhotel Sleeper Trains

Trenhotels (operated by Spanish company Renfe and their subsidiary Elipsos) are high class sleeper trains, combining the comforts of hotels with the practicalities of travelling by train. Overnight services such as these allow passengers the opportunity to arrive at their destination at the start of the day, relaxed and ready.

Trenhotels are operated both nationally and internationally:

  • Madrid - A Coruna - Pontevedra - Ferrol (Rias Gallegas);
  • Barcelona - Granada (Alhambra);
  • Barcelona - Gijon (Pio Baroja);
  • Barcelona - A Coruna - Vigo (Galicia);
  • Madrid - Lisbon (Lusitania);
  • Barcelona - Paris (Joan Miro);
  • Barcelona - Zurich (Pau Casals);
  • Barcelona - Milan (Salvado Dali); and
  • Madrid - Paris (Francisco de Goya).

Trenhotels offer passengers a choice of accommodation classes, in addition to standard seated accommodation. All compartments are suitable for both daytime and evening use, with beds being stowed away by on-board staff at a time to suit you.

Gran Clase

Gran Clase is the most luxurious option for travellers on this service. Offered as either single or twin compartments, they are very comfortable, and passengers receive excellent service from on-board staff. 

On boarding the train, Gran Clase passengers are greeted by staff, and given keys to their compartment. Cabin service is provided throughout the duration of the journey. Passengers receive a number of other benefits, such as independent climate control, a wake-up call service, toilet bag and bottle of water.

Passengers in this class have larger, more comfortable beds. Compartments have private bathrooms, with toilet, basin and shower. All towels and bed linens are provided. Some newer trains offer full entertainment facilities (audio/video), electrical sockets, intercom telephones and fold down tables. 

First / Club / Preferente Class

Preferente class cabins, arranged as either single or twin compartments are the First Class option. They feature their own sinks (shared toilet/shower facilities in the carriage) and toileteries, as well as intercom telephones.

Passengers in this class may also take advantage of a wake-up call, as well as indepentent climate control. Complimentary newspapers and magazines are available, as well as a bottle of water. 

Two Preferente Class cabins may also be joined together to form a mini suite via the interconnecting door. This allows families or friends to travel together in a larger space. 

Tourist / Turista Class

Tourist Class accommodation feature four beds in each cabin in a bunk-style arrangement. Cabins also have an in-built sink, with access to shared toilet/shower facilities in the carriage.

Passengers not travelling as part of a group will be put into a compartment with people of the same sex. Couples and smaller groups wanting privacy would have to pay for sole use of the cabin. Fortunately, a special 'Duo Offer' is available, which allows their sole use of a Tourist Class cabin.

Tourist Class customers also receive a complimentary bottle of water and toiletries.

Reclining Seats

For the budget-conscious traveller, seated accommodation is also available. The seats are very spacious, and recline to a near-horizontal angle for comfort. Each seated carriage has between 26 and 36 seats, and toilets at either end. The carriage is air conditioned, and each seat has a reading light, free magazines and bottle of water, as well as blanket, shoe bag, earplugs and sleeping mask.

Seated accommodation is available as Tourist or Preferente Class, with different seating arrangements in each. Each seat has a folding down table.

Passengers are permitted to travel with a maximum of three items of luggage, with a combined weight of 20kg, including handbags, laptop bags etc. Passengers may store their luggage in their comparments. Seated passengers have access to luggage racks at one end of the carriage, as well as above-seat racks.

Food and Drink

Trenhotels have both a cafeteria and restaurant car. The cafe offers a range of drinks as well as sandwiches and hot and cold snacks. The restaurant is a more formal dining area, serving dinner and breakfast. Reservations can be made when boarding the train. The restaurant offers Mediterranean cuisine at dinner, and remains open until 2am. 

Gran Clase passengers receive complimentary dinner and continental breakfast on-board in the restaurant car. The evening meal is a la carte, with a choice of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to accompany. Gran Clase passengers receive preferential access to the restaurant at dinner time. 

Preferente Class passengers receive a complimentary continental breakfast in the train's restaurant.

Disabled Passengers

There is a specially adapted Gran Clase compatment, suitable for disabled passengers. This cabin features larger toilet facilities, and widened access to the restaurant and cafe. 

Passengers with reduced mobility may also sleep in Tourist Class accommodation, using the bottom bunks for easier access. Seated accommodation is also available, with an adapted Gran Comfort seat. Accessible toilet facilities may also be found on-board.

Travelling with Pets

Pets may travel on trenhotel services, provided they are small animals with a maximum weight of 6kg. Only one pet is permitted per passenger, and must be contained within a suitable pet carrier. Pets may only travel with passengers booked into a compartment (where they or their group are the sole occupants). There is a small supplement payable for the journey.

Guide dogs are permitted free of charge, but it is advisable to book sole occupancy of a cabin.

Bicycles

Bicycles may travel on trenhotel services, but must be accommodated within the passenger's cabin (sole occupancy). Bikes should be disassembled and placed within appropriate carrying bags.

Parking

Gran Clase and Club Class passengers are entitled to 24 or 48 hours of free parking (depending on whether you have a single or return ticket) at Madrid-Chamartin and Barcelona-Franca stations.

Lounges

Gran Clase and Club Class passengers have access to Club Lounges at Madrid-Chamartin, and Madrid Valladolid stations for the two hours prior to their train's departure.

Connecting Services

Passengers may travel free of charge on local services between Madrid-Chamartin and Atocha stations (if in posession of a connecting ticket with departure from Atocha), and between Barcelona Franca and Barcelona Sants stations.

Timetable

There is only one service between Paris and Barcelona in each direction per day. An alternative daytime route would require a change of trains at Perpignan.

Station477/476Station475/474
Paris Austerlitz20.23Barcelona Franca20.43
Les Aubrais-Orleans21.25Girona21.59
Limoges23.33Figueres22.29
Figueres06.04Limoges04.58
Girona06.33Les Aubrais-Orleans07.16
Barcelona Franca08.05Paris Austerlitz08.37

 

Price

Train fares vary between high and low season:

  • Low Season: 10th April 2012 - 14th June 2012
  • High Season: 15th June 2012 - 16th September 2012

The fares quoted below are for the full-length journey (i.e. Paris - Barcelona). Fares for shorter trips will be lower. Follow the link below the fare tables for more information.

All fares shown below are in Euros (€).

Low Season:

TypeSeatTouristClub DoubleClub SingleGran DoubleGran Single
Adult (Single)145157235358283433
Adult (Return)204220330502398608
Child / Senior / Young / ISIC102110165251199304
Child (sharing bed)-6060606060
Rail Pass Holders5075116174168216
Pets-6060606060
Mini Couple Offer-74115-166-
Family Offer-103----
Duo Offer95132153-184-

High Season:

TypeSeatTouristClub DoubleClub SingleGran DoubleGran Single
Adult (Single)169198288433365522
Adult (Return)236278404606512730
Child / Senior / Young / ISIC118139202303256365
Child (sharing bed)-6060606060
Rail Pass Holders5277119179173222
Pets-6060606060
Mini Couple Offer-93139-189-
Family Offer-129----
Duo Offer110164187-237-
 

Special Offers

Mini Couple Offer

Up to 60% discount for tickets purchased at least 14 days in advance of travel from RENFE, SNCF, Trenitalia or SBB. There are a limited number of tickets available at this price, and require the booking of both places in a cabin. Tickets may only be changed once, and will incur a charge of €1.50 each way. Cancellations will result in only a 50% refund.

Family Offer

The family offer is currently only valid in Tourist Class, although Elipsos will hopefully be able to offer a similar discount of Club Class travel in the near future. Tickets may only be changed once, and will incur a charge of €1.50 each way. Cancellations will result in only an 80% refund.

Duo Offer

Limited tickets at a discount of 35% are available for passengers travelling together. These tickets are available in all classes, and are only available through RENFE, SNCF, SBB and Trenitalia. Children are not permitted to share a bed. Tickets may only be changed once, and will incur a charge of €1.50 each way. Cancellations will result in only an 80% refund.

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