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Orléans

Orléans is a city in the centre of northern France. It is situated on the Loire River, and is served by two mainline railway stations; Gare d'Orleans and Gare des Aubrais-Orleans. The latter hosts the majority of long distance journeys, including routes to Paris and Lille.

How to get to Orléans from
Route 1:

The overnight train journey between Paris and Madrid is made onboard the 'Francisco de Goya" sleeper train. This Elipsos Train Hotel is effectively a hotel on rails, with a full restaurant and bar. There are a range of seating and sleeping options, which you can tailor to your budget. The Elipsos website offers a virtual tour of the train so that you can get a better idea of what to expect.

In the middle of the night, the train pauses at Hendaye to switch gauge. This process doesn't involve passengers getting off the train (unlike some daytime alternative routes), but the wheels are changed with passengers on-board.

As with any night train, it can be difficult to get to sleep if you are a light sleeper. If you are worried that you might get woken up, take a pair of earplugs, which should help. We recommend paying for a couchette or sleeping berth, rather than trying to sleep in a reclining chair. Berths are significantly more civilised, offering greater security, comfort and overall level of service. Surprisingly, they can also be cheaper than reclining chairs, as the operator offers special reduced rates on berths, but not for reclining seats (view the pricing section for more information).

Route 2:

The overnight trainhotel (trenhotel) between Paris and Barcelona is the easiest way to travel between the two cities by train. The journey is made on board a rolling hotel, the Joan Miro run by Elipsos.

There are four principal seating options, with the most uncomfortable (for an overnight journey) being a standard reclining seat. Often the cheapest option is to travel in Tourist Class, which is a four-berth cabin with washbasin. Preferente cabins have one or two berths, with a washbasin and breakfast included. The most luxurious class is the Gran Clase, which has one or two berths, a private shower, toilet, and includes breakfast and dinner in the price.

Fare discounts are available if you are travelling as a pair or as a family. See the fare table below, or follow the booking links for further information.