High-speed train services restart between France and Spain

High-speed train services restart between France and Spain
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High speed train services between France and Spain - suspended during the lockdown and border closures - have now restarted.

France reopened its borders on June 15th, but in Spain it came a week later on June 21st.

Now that the border is fully reopened and all quarantine requirements have been lifted, operators Renfe-SNCF have from July 1st restarted high-speed links between French and Spanish cities.

From July 1st there will be two daily services between Barcelona, Girona and Figueres and the French cities of Perpignan, Narbonne, Béziers, Agde, Sète, Montpellier, Nimes, Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, Valence and Paris. 

The operators added that services will be increased after that in response to demand.

Masks are compulsory on board and restaurant and bar services will remain closed initially.

A company spokesman said: “In response to the current health situation due to Covid-19, Renfe-SNCF en Coopération is implementing a protocol that emphasises both social responsibility and the protection of the health and interests of travellers and employees, thus guaranteeing safety both on the trains and in the stations.

“Both Renfe and SNCF have started the certification processes imposed in each country involving the protocols for cleaning and disinfecting trains so as to prevent COVID and ensure that their services are provided under the safest and highest hygienic-sanitary guarantees.”


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