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From 1 September, two groundbreaking high-speed train routes will be opened between France and Spain.

Renfe, Spain’s train service, will be responsible for managing the routes and the trains. There will be daily trains linking Lyon with Barcelona and Marseille with Madrid initially operating four days per week before expanding to daily options. There will be several stops in France along the route.

Although the trains travel at high speeds, the various stops in France cater for travellers more than those wanting to reach the cities in record time.

The trip between Barcelona and Lyon will take just under five hours while the trip between Madrid and Marseille will be done in just over eight hours.

The high-speed trains will add to the variety of services already offered by France’s national railway system, these include sleeper trains stopping at destinations including Cannes, Nice and Toulouse.

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