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1. Posted by leahrb (Full Member 209 posts) 12y

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I am living near Barcelona for the summer and am traveling on the weekends... I want to go into France but will only have a Friday afternoon through Sunday night to do so.
Am I crazy to try and go into Paris for just the weekend? If I´m not suggestions on flights would be nice... so far the best I´ve found is for 100 to 120 euros.
Or does anyone know of any nice towns in the southernmost part of France.

Finally I´m going to spend my last week here traveling to Madrid and then in the surrounding area. Any suggestions on traveling through that area in 5 days. (it will be approximately the 6th of august through the 11th.)

Thank you very much! This is the first time I´ve ever planned something like this and as I don´t have much time I want to have everything as planned as possible so that I don´t just waste my time looking for hostals or catching flights or trains.


2. Posted by sapphire65 (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y

easy jet or a cheap airline is your best best. i took the train once and it was horrible i sat ina chair for 14hours bad back and all!! a

3. Posted by Peter (Admin 5790 posts) 12y

Hi Leah,

Travelling around the area of Madrid, you should spend a day in Toledo! It is an easy day trip from Madrid (train was about 40 mins from memory, but I could be wrong). Stunning setting on a hilltop and beautiful old streets - the kind of stuff you would see in pictures. I can send you some if you like, just post me a private message with your email and I'll send some your way :)

For a weekend, probably cheap flights would be the best bet. You don't want to be wasting any of that precious little time on a train (although I find it quite a pleasant way to travel actually). Besides Easy Jet, you can also try (got a quick quote for 90 EUR one way), which I just found through a quick search on the internet. Do a bit of a search around - there are lots of budget airlines popping up these days :)

Cheers, Peter

4. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 12y


You're not crazy to want to go to Paris for the weekend (man, I wish I had that luxury! ) I'm a tad obsessed withthe city, tee hee, and would love to help you with all things Paris! I've given this thread to a couple people wanting advice on the city, so I figured that I'll give it to you too! :) I posted it in this forum a while back, it just outlines good things to see in the city:

Like Peter says, there are so many budget airlines popping up that I'm sure you can get a great deal (without having to sit 10 hrs on a train )

Have fun!

Katie ;)

5. Posted by leahrb (Full Member 209 posts) 12y

thanks! I actually think I´ll be able to fly ryan air for about 40 euros roundtrip i´ll just have to hop a 2 hour train to the station but so far that has been my cheapest option. mtlchica i have looked at that paris thread.

6. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 12y

Hey Leah,

Paris is possible to at least get a taste of in a weekend, although it will be rushed. In the time frame, train isn’t really worth the it, particularly if you can’t drag your time off through to mid morning on Monday to catch a night train on the Sunday eve – the return journey will take most of Sunday.

Whilst Ryanair etc look very cheap, Be sure to factor in the extra costs and (much more relevant in a weekend trip) time involved. I haven’t checked, but I would guess that a Ryanair flight marketed as Barcelona – Paris actually means something like Girona to Beauvais. Which means you have to factor in a couple of hours each way on the train to Girona, transfer from town to airport. And then about 90mins each way by coach from Beauvais. And the costs for all of that. Think Easyjet do at least use Orly & C de G (and maybe Barcelona Llobregat as well) so them or even Iberia/Air Franc, for example (where you would get fed as well), May work out cheaper overall. In addition, many of the cheap airlines don’t always have flights at helpful times of the day, so you could loose a large chunk of the day, just because of an unhelpful timed flight (when you include transfer time, an hour check in and a bit of a safety net).

Don't go for the cheapest flight until you have factored in all transfer costs, flight schedules and transfer time at each end, or it may well end up costing you more for significantly less time actually in Paris.

If you decide not to bother with Paris (I would certainly recommend Paris if at all viable), places such as Montepellier/Nimes (home of denim), Carcassonne and Avignon (highly recommended) would all be possible for a weekend. Perpignan/Beziers/Narbonne are all ok, but not exactly earth shatteringly exciting and Toulouse is larger and great fun when the students are around, but not overflowing with visual sights, although still worth considering. Not France, but Andorra and the area around is interesting for the stunning scenery/hiking etc.

Regarding Madrid, I agree with Peter about Toledo (although not many trains and currently you have to change to a bus half way through the journey. You can also go by bus the whole way). I’d also add Avila and Segovia as easy day trips.

There are also any number of longer day trips possible, depending how adventurous your feeling and if you have any euro’s left. In particular due to the frequent special high speed trains, it’s possible to see Cordoba or Sevilla in a (long) day trip, as they are only about 1hr45 and 2h30 away. Admiittedly it involves 4 or 5 hours traveling, but if you wanted to get a taste of a Southern Spanish city whilst you are in Europe – and they are worth visiting - it’s certainly viable and worth considering.

Anything else, just ask.

7. Posted by leahrb (Full Member 209 posts) 12y


I was actually just thinking about that last night... That if i have to take the bus to girona ($15) then a taxi or bus into Paris (which I´m not familiar with) that it might just be easier to fly from Barcelona straight into Paris and for only slightly more money. As internet time permits I will continue searching for flights.

8. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 12y

Leah - give me dates and earliest/latest timeframes etc, and i'll see what I can do

9. Posted by leahrb (Full Member 209 posts) 12y

gelli you´re great!!

Weekends in July except the 12th and 19th. So I think that makes it the first 4th or 5th.

Leaving Friday afternoon preferably after 3:00 from Barcelona and returning to Barcelona before 5 am on Monday. Thanks!