A HIGH-SPEED rail service linking Spain and France has opened that will cut the journey time between Barcelona and Paris in half.
Up until now the train journey took 12 hours, but the new tracks will enable passengers to complete it in just over six.
Spain’s tourism statistics agency Frontur says travellers make 82 million trips between the two countries annually, mostly by car.
Spain’s train operator RENFE said it hopes to lure some air-travel passengers.
The service, which opened Sunday, will also provide high speed between cities like Madrid, Marseille, Toulouse and Lyon.