Paris to Madrid by Rail

8 Days | Discover France and Spain on a carbon-friendly, public transport-only adventure

EUR €2,720
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Explore some of Europe’s highlights in Spain and France, without the hassle of airport queues or long driving days, with this rail-only eight-day trip from Paris to Madrid. This is the future of lower-impact travel! Only using public transport, you’ll get a unique insight into Paris, Nimes, Barcelona and Madrid, with a local leader who knows all the best hidden spots. You’ll taste croissants, tapas and churros, wander through hidden walkways for excellent panoramic views only locals get to see and witness the interesting past of human creative genius with stops at popular landmarks like Pont du Gard (which you can even swim under), Sagrada Familia, Arena of Nimes and Maison Carree. Choose to extend your journey and start in the UK, lowering your footprint even more with the optional Eurostar transfer from London to Paris (it only takes 2.5 hours!).

Trip overview

Map of Paris To Madrid By Rail including France and Spain
Paris, France
Madrid, Spain
Spain, France
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Lower your carbon footprint and skip the airport queues on this railway journey through France and Spain, discovering iconic sites and local secrets via trains and public transport.
  • Explore Paris' Montmartre area – a favourite for artists for generations. See where Van Gogh and Picasso used to live and take hidden walkways to secret viewpoints that only locals know.
  • Get off the beaten track with a visit to Nimes in the south of France. Discover the well-preserved Roman monuments from 70 AD like the Arena of Nimes and Maison Carree.
  • Swim under the Pont du Gard – an incredible example of human creative genius. Explore this aqueduct bridge from above and below and maybe even rent a kayak for another perspective.
  • Indulge in buttery croissants in Paris, taste Spain’s favourite dessert (churros) in Madrid and enjoy a tapas dinner in Barcelona where you can rub shoulders with the locals and toast to a sense of community.

Is this trip right for you?
  • If you love avoiding airport queues this is the trip for you however as public transport is the predominant form of transport on this trip we highly recommend packing as lightly as possible as you will be expected to carry your own bags of buses, trains, etc. as well as to and from your accommodation.
  • If travelling to Paris from London we highly recommend using the fast Eurostar train from London's St Pancras station. At under 2.5 hours travel time and with no airport queues, this is by far the most convenient and carbon friendly travel option.


Map of Paris To Madrid By Rail including France and Spain



6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner


Train, Public bus, Metro, Taxi


Hotel (7 nights)

  • Paris - Hidden Montmartre Urban Adventure
  • Visit Pont du Gard (Museum, Bridge and Swimming Time and Free Time for Lunch)
  • Sagrada Familia Admission
  • Churros Stop
Add on activities
  • Paris - Palace of Versailles - EUR20
  • Paris - Louvre Museum - EUR15
  • Paris - Arc de Triomphe - EUR12
  • Paris - Musee d'Orsay - EUR14
  • Paris - Rodin Museum - EUR10
  • Paris - Napoleon's Tomb & Les Invalides Army Museum - EUR11
  • Paris - Eiffel Tower - EUR19
  • Paris - Da Vinci Code Walking Tour - EUR25
  • La Maison Carrée (Roman Temple) - EUR6
  • Roman Amphitheatre of Nîmes - EUR10
  • Pont du Gard Kayaking - EUR13
  • Barcelona - National Art Museum of Catalonia - EUR12
  • Barcelona - Museum of Gaudi - EUR6
  • Barcelona - Museum of City History - EUR7
  • Barcelona - Picasso Museum - EUR14
  • Barcelona - Barcelona Cathedral - EUR9
  • Barcelona - Andean-Amazonian Ethnographic Museum - Free
  • Barcelona - Contemporary Art Museum - EUR10
  • Barcelona - Casa Batllo - EUR24
  • Barcelona - Guell Palace - EUR12
  • Madrid - Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza - EUR12
  • Madrid - Museo del Prado - EUR15
  • Madrid - Museo Reina Sofia - EUR10
  • Madrid - Museo Taurino - EUR15
  • Madrid - Real Jardín Botánico - EUR6
  • Madrid - Tapas Urban Adventure - EUR82
  • Madrid - Royal Palace - EUR11

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Important notes

1. On this trip we aim to use 'fast' and direct trains as much as possible (e.g. TGV) but there may be times when these services are unavailable, leading to the use of a slower alternative train/s.
3. A Single Supplement is available on this trip, please ask your booking agent for more information.

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Paris to Madrid by Rail
EUR €2,720