International passenger

trains in 20th Century Europe

International passenger trains in 20th Century Europe

This page gives an overview of services from Paris to Lisboa and Madrid focussing on the flagship Sud  Express plus later services. Fig 1 shows that the Paris-Madrid/Lisboa transit time in 2013 was ten hours less than in 1913.

Fig 1: 20th Century services from Paris to Madrid and Lisboa up to 2013


1.  Change at Hendaye

2.  Non stop from Hendaye to Madrid.

The Sud Express provided first class travel  throughout its life but it wasn't the only service. Up to 1964 the Lisboa and Madrid parts of the Sud Express travelled in the same train via Hendaye/Irun, and Medina del Campo. By the start of the 21st Century, passengers from Paris could change at the border for onward connections to Algeciras and Porto.  

Fig 2: 20th Century services from Lisboa to Madrid up to 2013

D1:1:1 Paris to Madrid &


To Madrid and Lisboa

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