Paris to Barcelona in €40 – Cheap & Best without Flight
Are you making a connection from Paris to Barcelona for your Euro Trip? Are you planning to visit La Merce festival at Barcelona? Are you carrying luggage and wish to avoid flights for the extra charges? Are you unable to sleep through overnight 19 hrs bus journeys from Paris to Barcelona? Are you not comfortable taking overnight trains? Do you wish to make this connection in less than 10 hours that too in day time?
If your answer for all the above question is affirmative, read on my travel notes to make this budget connection from Paris to Barcelona in just 40 Euros.
Step 1 : Take zone 1-5 ticket to reach Marne la vallée chessy TGV station from Paris center (zone 1)
Time: Approx 1 hr
Cost: 7 Euros per person
Step 2 : Take TGV train from Marne la vallée station to Montpellier st roch station from Ouigo
Time: 3 hr 30 min Cost: 10 Euros per person
You may have to plan your itinerary accordingly to grab the cheapest fare of 10 euros. Further, you can add your baggage (similar to check-in baggage in flights) at rate of 5 euros per bag. Though, 20 euros for this connection is a cheap price too, I have described an alternate way to book this connection here.
Important to Note : Presently, Ouigo website does not accept payment from non french credit card/ debit card presently, you may have to ask a friend or agent in France to do it. Also, you may need a french mobile number for booking. For those who do not wish to book through Ouigo, you may read this post.
Step 3 : Travel from Montpellier St Roch Train station to Bus stop.
The stop for most of the buses heading to Barcelona is located at Sabines tram station at a distance of 4 Km from Montpellier St Roch train station. Take a tram (Line 2) form Gare Saint Roch (Train station) to Sabines tram stop (for Bus). This line is indicated by orange line on map.
Time : 12 – 13 minutes
Cost : 1.4 Euros per person – one way
Update (on 28-02-2015)
When we took this journey on Sep 19, 2014 of Eurolines Barcelona from Montpellier, We found it very difficult to locate the tram station at Montpellier St Roch Station towards Sabines station. There were four tram stops just outside the station. Most of the locals in Montpellier speak only french and thus, we were unable to ask directions from them. It took us a lot of time to identify the correct stop. We are adding a screenshot from Google Map here to help the readers locate the correct tram stop. I hope this will add to the convenience of travelers taking this route.
Step 4 : Take a bus from Montpellier Bus Stop to Barcelona
Cost: 23 Euros per person
Summary of the connection from Paris to Barcelona
Total Time 10 hrs 30 minutes
Total Cost 41 Euros
- No problem of luggage as faced with low cost airlines.
- You can visit Montpellier France for a day trip in between.
- Start and reach on the same day.
- No night travel
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