After a morning meeting with activists, this is another day that’s going to leave me shaking my head.

There is a high speed line the whole way from Madrid to Perpignan (FR), and then a slow speed section as far as Nîmes (FR) and then a further high speed section to Marseille. But the problem comes – as ever – on the cross border section. Throughout the year there are just 2 trains a day each way on the Figueras (ES) via the Le Perthus tunnel to Perpignan section (1 Barcelona-Lyon, 1 Barcelona-Paris). In summer 2 more services are added – a Madrid-Marseille (that I will take), and a second Barcelona-Paris. This is scandalous – it is a border with excellent infrastructure but a poor long distance train service. And the line is only just over a decade old!

Day / Date Wednesday 6 July
Departure Madrid
End Marseille
Trains 1
Rail km 1141.9 – help me crowd fund kilometres of my route!
Bike legs 0
Bike km 0
Borders crossed ES-FR – HSL Figueras-Perpignan
Events Madrid, and possibly Barcelona – more about events en route here

Data here is indicative. The Google Sheet for the trip is the always-updated definitive version.

On the day itself, live updates will be posted here.

The map below is an image of the route for this day. You can alternatively see access whole route with more controls on umap here.

Day 20 Map

Images used in this post

Atocha Madrid
September 17, 2017
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