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Traveling from Nantes to Cherbourg by train

Looking to travel from Nantes to Cherbourg by train? You've come to the right place!

On average, it takes around 6 hours 1 minute to travel from Nantes to Cherbourg by train, the fastest services can get you there in as little as 5 hours 16 minutes though. You'll usually find 6 trains per day running along the 269 km route between these two destinations. You'll need to make 2 changes during the journey to Cherbourg, as there currently aren't any direct services on this route. You'll be traveling with TGV, SNCF or OUIGO on your way to Cherbourg, as these are the main rail operators on this route.

Plan your trip ahead of time and book early if you want to snap up the cheapest fares. Tickets from Nantes to Cherbourg start from $51.15 when you book in advance, so start a search in our Journey Planner to view the latest prices.

If you're feeling ready to book, start looking for cheap train tickets with us today. Keep reading for more information on the journey to Cherbourg by train, including our train schedule where you can view first and last train times.

Nantes to Cherbourg by train

It takes an average of 6h 1m to travel from Nantes to Cherbourg by train, over a distance of around 167 miles (269 km). There are normally 6 trains per day traveling from Nantes to Cherbourg and tickets for this journey start from $51.15 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

5h 16m


269 miles (167 km)


6 trains per day


2 changes


From $51.15

Train and bus operators

OUIGO, BlaBlaCar Bus, SNCF

Nantes to Cherbourg train times

Check out the next trains departing from Nantes to Cherbourg for Tuesday Feb 14th 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
05:44 11:07 5h 23m, 2 changes
08:05 15:13 7h 8m, 2 changes
08:41 15:13 6h 32m, 3 changes
14:05 19:19 5h 14m, 2 changes
15:05 20:19 5h 14m, 2 changes
16:05 21:19 5h 14m, 2 changes

TGV, OUIGO, TER and SNCF trains from Nantes to Cherbourg

You can travel from Nantes to Cherbourg on TGV, OUIGO, TER and SNCF trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

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TGV is the high-speed train service of the SNCF company. It connects the major cities of France at speeds of up to 200 mph (320 km/h). All TGV trains are equipped with a food carriage, a free WiFi connection, power sockets and fold-down tables. Two comfort classes are offered – First Class and Second Class, with flexible fare options available and access to the Grand Voyageur lounge in some stations.

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OUIGO is the low-cost, high-speed train service operated by the French national train company SNCF. Despite having only one class on board, OUIGO trains offer the same comfort as Second Class seats on TGV trains, although OUIGO tickets are only available to purchase online. To make your journey as smooth as possible, arrive at least 30 minutes before departure and bear in mind that there's an additional fee for bringing a suitcase with you, having a seat with power sockets and travelling with a stroller/buggy.

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TER (Transport Express Régional) trains are the regional service from SNCF that allow you to make trips to nearby towns and villages located within the same region. With 20 regions in France, TER trains are ideal for travelling to destinations not covered by high-speed services, although ticket prices vary between each region. TER trains have dedicated spaces for bicycles and allow animals on board. Not all TER trains include a First Class carriage.

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SNCF is the national train operator of France. It operates all domestic trains and routes across France, as well as international services to Spain and Germany. There are three different types of domestic trains that operate under the SNCF banner – TGV (high-speed, full-service trains that connect the major cities in France), Intercités (usually a more frequent stopping service, but with all the amenities), and TER (regional train services with basic onboard facilities).

Cheap train tickets from Nantes to Cherbourg

The price of train tickets from Nantes to Cherbourg starts at $51.15 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Nantes to Cherbourg by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for Nantes to Cherbourg

Want to know more about your journey from Nantes to Cherbourg? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Nantes to Cherbourg take?

The average journey time by train between Nantes and Cherbourg is 6 hours and 1 minute, with around 6 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Nantes and Cherbourg by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Nantes to Cherbourg is 5 hours and 16 minutes.

How much does the train from Nantes to Cherbourg cost?

Train tickets from Nantes to Cherbourg can start from as little as $51.15 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Nantes to Cherbourg?

No, there are no direct train services from Nantes to Cherbourg. Travelling from Nantes to Cherbourg by train will require a minimum of 2 changes.

What time does the first train from Nantes to Cherbourg leave?

The first train from Nantes to Cherbourg leaves at 06:44. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Nantes to Cherbourg leave?

The last train from Nantes to Cherbourg leaves at 17:03. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Nantes and Cherbourg by train?

Trains travelling from Nantes to Cherbourg cover a distance of around 167 miles (269 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Cherbourg to Nantes.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Nantes to Cherbourg for a typical week day using timetable data for 02/14/2023. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 10/20/2022 for travel on 10/20/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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