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Let us take you on a journey to Spain

Even if you’re holidaying as far afield as Andalucia in southernmost Spain, we can get you there by rail from London. Our friendly rail experts will happily discuss the options with you – there is usually a choice of routes – so you can enjoy a journey that’s tailored to your requirements.

Travelling by train to Spain

The Pyrenean Foothills & Catalan Coast by TGV via Paris
Considering the distance you’ll be covering over the course of the day, you start at a surprisingly civilised hour, with a mid-morning Eurostar from London to Paris.

Crossing Paris to the Gare de Lyon is simple when you know how; we include directions with your metro tickets. We allow ample time so that you can connect comfortably between trains.

Leaving Paris mid-afternoon, the train glides at 186mph between wheat fields, then through Burgundy’s forests, meadows and vineyards towards Lyon, before following the course of the River Rhône into warm Provençal landscapes of sunflowers and vineyards.

After passing Avignon, you turn south-west through increasingly Mediterranean scenery of garrigue, olive groves and the Costières de Nîmes vineyards towards Montpellier. The train then slows, passing along a narrow causeway between the sea and a saltwater lagoon, ideal for wildlife-spotting. The train soon weaves inland again through the vineyards of Languedoc. South of Narbonne there is another series of coastal nature reserves as the Pyrenees beckon ahead.

It takes just 5-and-a half-hours to cover the 600 miles from Paris to Figueres Vilafant, where a pre-arranged taxi awaits to take you through the volcanic Garrotxa foothills to the From the Pyrenees to the Sea walking holiday or the Bikes, Back Roads and Beaches family cycling holiday.

For holidays on the Catalan Coast, stay on the train for a further 15 minutes to alight at Girona for your taxi to our Along the Catalan Coast and Flavours of Catalonia walking holidays or the Catalan Coast and Villages cycling holiday.
Catalan Pyrenees, with an overnight stay in Montpellier
It is simple to travel to our holidays in Spain by breaking the journey with a convenient overnight stay in Montpellier. Leaving Paris in the early afternoon, you arrive in Montpellier at around 5.30pm. The Art Deco Grand Hotel du Midi is just 5 minutes on foot from Montpellier St Roch station and yet it is also in the traffic-free heart of the city. After checking in, step out into the Place de la Comédie, lined with cafés and restaurants where you can sip a ‘Perrier menthe’, the locally sourced water with a refreshing twist of mint. After dinner, take a meander around the medieval Old Town to the southern sound of cicadas.

After breakfast the following morning, step aboard Spain’s high-speed AVE train direct to Barcelona, arriving at lunchtime.

The last leg of our Catalan Pyrenees walking holiday is by scenic railway from Barcelona deep into the Pyrenees. This is a local railway so tickets are only available for purchase at the station (approx €7 one way). Take a picnic and enjoy the 3-hour ride into the mountains, followed by a taxi transfer which we pre-book to meet the train.
Castile & Andalucia - via Montpellier & Madrid
For longer journeys to Castile and Andalucia, travel to Montpellier as for holidays to the Pyrenees above. The following morning after breakfast, take the direct high-speed AVE to Madrid.

Montpellier to Madrid

From Montpellier, it takes just over 6 hours to reach Madrid on the direct high-speed AVE. The AVE follows the TGV route past saltwater lagoons, nature reserves and vineyards, cutting through the Pyrenees and heading southwards through green hills and olive groves to call at Barcelona. From Barcelona, the AVE continues through cava-producing vineyards and onwards to the plains of Aragon. Continuing west, you meet the mighty River Ebro and follow its valley around Zaragoza, then wind easily through the Sierra de Armantes and its impressive red-clay rock formations. On the other side of the sierra stretch the plains of Castilla La Mancha.

You arrive at Madrid’s Atocha station mid-afternoon for your onward connection to Castile or Andalucia. Beneath the station’s Victorian glass and wrought-iron roof is a lush botanical garden with palm trees, surrounded by cafés.

...onwards to Castile

For the Classical Cities of Old Castile touring holiday, you change stations in Madrid, taking the metro a few stops to Chamartin station, where you board a high-speed train for the 30-minute journey to Segovia.

...onwards to Seville, the Grazalema Sierra & the Aracena Sierra

When connecting from Madrid Atocha, allow 25 minutes for baggage scans on entry to the high-speed platforms.  

Take a direct AVE across the windswept, fertile plains of Castilla La Mancha and cross the wooded hills towards the Sierra Garganta, traversing a short tunnel under the mountains. Descending from the mountains, you follow the Guadalquivir Valley westwards through olive groves and orange orchards. Just 2-and-a-half hours after leaving Madrid, you arrive at Seville’s Santa Justa station. Here, you alight and either take a taxi for holidays such as the Trail of Three Cities touring holiday or White Towns & Rugged Mountains walking holiday, or collect a hire car to reach our Treasures of Aracena walking holiday (if you prefer to avoid driving through the city centre, you can make your way to the airport and collect your hire car there).

...onwards to the Alpujarras
To reach our Valleys of Las Alpujarras, Valleys & High Slopes of Las Alpujarras and Life in an Alpujarran Village walking holidays, take a direct AVE south from Madrid through Córdoba to Málaga (2hrs 45mins). From Málaga Maria Zambrano station, you can avoid city-centre congestion by taking a suburban train three stops to the airport to collect your hire car. You then have a splendid two-hour drive towards the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada.

...onwards to Almería
For the Coast of Almería walking holiday, take a direct Talgo train south from Madrid to Almería (6hrs 45mins) through Córdoba and Granada. This is a slower train but with good standards of comfort and reserved seating, and you are rewarded with views which become more dramatic closer to Almería. Our taxi driver will meet you at Almería station for the one-hour drive to Las Negras.

Key journey times from Montpellier

Montpellier – Barcelona (3hrs 5mins)
Montpellier – Madrid (6hrs 10mins)
Montpellier – Seville, via Madrid (9hrs 20mins)
Montpellier – Málaga, via Madrid (9hrs 30mins)

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