I’ve had the pleasure of travelling by rail through Europe the last four months using Eurail Passes, and I’m constantly surprised by the spectacular views I have from the comfort of my train seat.
Even on trips that aren’t “officially” listed as scenic routes by Eurail have been stunning, such as from Hamburg to Copenhagen which involved the train going on the ferry to cross the Baltic Sea.
My all-day train ride from Nice to Barcelona was another example of beautiful scenery: marsh-like areas, wind turbines and sparkling blue waters. This route isn’t designated as a scenic ride on the Eurail.com map, but in my eyes is worthy of sharing with a showcase of photos from the train carriage window.
You can find more Nice to Barcelona train photographs on my Facebook page: facebook.com/exploreforayear.
Aside: Inspired by my travel photos? You should plan your own trip or consider all inclusive holidays to somewhere warm and sunny.
- Train ride takes 12-13 hours (yikes!), fortunately there are multiple stops and the scenery is beautiful.
- For train schedules, check the Bahn.de website for “Nice Ville” to “Barcelona Sants”
- The rail troute from Barcelona to Nice (and vice versa) requires train seat reservations. I made reservations at the Nice train station, but you can also make a reservation online or by phone.
- If you’re going from Nice to Barcelona, sitting on the left side of the train gives you a view of the Mediterranean, and the right side offers a great view of the marsh-like scenery.
I didn’t stop anywhere on the south of France, but after seeing the coast line and the charming towns the train passed, this region is somewhere I’d definitely consider visiting on a future trip to Europe.
>> Have you ever been to the south of France? Do you think it’s worth visiting if I find myself in France again later?
Disclaimer: My Europe train passes were sponsored by Eurail.com. All photographs, trip plans and opinions are my own. If you have questions about buying Europe train passes, facebook.com/eurorail is a great place to ask.
Other Europe photos you might like
- Hamburg to Copenhagen: Baltic Sea Crossing by Train on Ferry
- Romania to Budapest on a 1st Class Train
- Budapest Basilicas, Bridges & Small Birthday
External sources on France-Spain rail travel:
- Find the best Eurail pass
- How much are reservation fees
- How to make train reservations
- Lonely Planet Europe on a Shoestring