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It all starts with a Twitter Game of Renfe-SNCF en Coopération. The price is a first-class round-trip ticket for a direct connection with the high-speed train. Numerous trains operate between 21 cities in the two countries France and Spain. Hence in our opinion, the successful slogan “Hola Bonjour”.
We are spoiled for choice to find the ideal destination from the various connections of the Renfe-SNCF high speed train. Since Paris is the closest station to us, the starting point is already clear.
A year earlier we had visited Barcelona and Madrid, but unfortunately, we had no time for places like Segovia. So we decide for a ticket from Paris to Barcelona to continue our Spain discovery tour.
At the Gare de Lyon in Paris, we receive a call from Coralie Gilles, responsible for communication at Renfe-SNCF in cooperation, in France. To our surprise, Coralie and her colleague Caroline are at the station.
Safety is paramount at the station in Paris and filming is not allowed. However, Coralie has arranged everything in advance with the person in charge of Communications and Marketing at the Gare de Lyon, who also comes past. So, this time, we have the official permission to film this great and beautiful building.
Coralie and Caroline accompany us to the platform and wish us a good journey. Our high-speed train leaves on schedule.
The line between Paris and Barcelona is operated by a Euroduplex. This double-decker high-speed train has 8 carriages, thereof 3 First class, 5 Second class, and a restaurant carriage.
On the route from Paris to Barcelona, it can travel at 320 km/h. We have two seats on the upper floor and can enjoy the passing scenery.
Unfortunately, the weather is not as we would have desired. The sun breaks through, just before we reach the Mediterranean. But in the meantime, we can pass the time working on the laptop. From time to time, one can stretch the legs and visit the board restaurants.
We can highly recommend a trip with a Renfe-SNCF high speed train. Unlike the aircraft, we did not have any problems with the baggage. Everybody can take along up to three pieces of luggage. You might even travel with your bike free of charge. Also pets under 10kg are allowed, and so our fellow travelers are accompanied by a cat.
From a cost perspective, it is cheaper to travel by train than to go by car or plane. However, the biggest advantage is that you will reach your destination stress-free and relaxed.
After a little more than 6 hours, we reach the station Barcelona Sants punctual to the minute.
Disclosure: We would like to take this opportunity to thank Renfe-SNCF en Coopération for the journey. All impressions and opinions are our own.
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