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Perpignan to Barcelona

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My husband and I are traveling from Provence to Barcelona on June 1, 2013. My plan was to drop our rental car in Perpignan and then take the train to Barcelona. Researching the train schedules, I found a train departing Perpignan at 12:16 with a change in Figueres. This seemed ideal because it would allow enough time in the morning to drive from our B&B in Mouries down to Perpignan. However, when I tried to book the tickets I was unable to do so (which is a separate problem -- it looks like these tickets are available 2 months in advance instead of 3 for some reason).

Now that the 2-month window is approaching, I looked at the schedule again. And here begins my current problem: The 12:16 train only appears on the schedule up through the end of April; for Saturday travel dates in May (because June is not yet open) the ONLY option is the direct train leaving at 8:58. This is the case on both the SCNF site and the renfe site. I know that the new TGV direct from Perpignan to Barcelona (no change in Figueres) is supposed to open sometime in June 2013 and am wondering if this is the reason that the non-direct trains have been eliminated? Does anyone know anything about the canceling of the 12:16 train (Perpignan - Figureres - Barcelona)?

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    From www.seat61.com/news.htm#.UVG0t3DzMWw

    "Direct Paris-Barcelona TGVs to start from 28 April? Or the end of May?
    It now looks likely (but not yet officially confirmed) that the first direct Paris-Barcelona TGVs will start running from 28 April. These will be an extension of the current two daily Paris-Figueres TGV Duplexes, so departure from Paris will still be at 07:15 & 14:07 daily southbound, 09:29 and 16:29 northbound from Barcelona as shown on the London to Spain page. In fact, it now looks as if there will be a third daily departure on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays northbound, Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays northbound. Reservations for the new service will open in due course, but nobody yet knows exactly when.
    Latest news 24 March: One unconfirmed report which originated somewhere within SNCF suggests direct Paris-Barcelona TGVs won't now run until the end of May. But as I say, unconfirmed.
    Just remember that back in January, tickets for the new Madrid-Barcelona-Figueres trains only went on sale 7 days (not the usual 92 days, just 7 days!!) before the first train ran, so just sit tight, stay calm, keep an eye each day on the booking websites, when booking opens and you can actually see trains, then you can book."

    To me this means that the new schedules are still to be confirmed with the new service possibly affecting the 12:16 train (or not). No one knows yet.

    Keep checking until the new schedules are loaded and have a Plan B!

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