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Travelling from Nantes to Paris by train

Famous for medieval châteaux and stunning scenery, Nantes is just 218 miles away from Paris. If you’re one of the many visitors making the pilgrimage from Nantes to Paris, why not consider the train?

The uber-speedy TGV inOUI service will take you from Nantes to Paris in less than two hours – that’s twice as quick as driving. With 18 trains a day, you can come and go whenever you want. Arriving into the heart of the city allows you the freedom to explore at your leisure.

The network’s high-speed train is ultra-modern too, with WiFi and electric power sockets throughout. If you choose to travel First Class you can benefit from lounges at the stations, larger seats and many other perks. For families, little ones will love the double-decker cabins – always providing much excitement for young travellers!

Ready to travel from Nantes to Paris by train? Read on for further information, or to book tickets for your forthcoming trip.

Nantes to Paris by train

It takes an average of 2h 31m to travel from Nantes to Paris by train, over a distance of around 213 miles (342 km). There are normally 21 trains per day travelling from Nantes to Paris and tickets for this journey start from $2.48 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 05m
Price$2.48 - $232.18
Distance213 miles (342 km)
Frequency21 trains per day
Departure stationNantes
Arrival stationParis
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operators

Nantes to Paris train times

Check out the next trains departing from Nantes to Paris for Thursday Aug 13th 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
05:01 Nantes07:34 Paris MontparnasseTGV INOUI 8860 SNCF Get tickets2h 33m, direct
06:33 Nantes08:43 Paris MontparnasseTGV INOUI 8900 SNCF Get tickets2h 10m, direct
07:06 Nantes09:17 Paris MontparnasseTGV INOUI 8804 SNCF Get tickets2h 11m, direct
08:02 Nantes10:25 Paris MontparnasseTGV INOUI 8864 SNCF Get tickets2h 23m, direct
09:02 Nantes11:25 Paris MontparnasseTGV INOUI 8912 SNCF Get tickets2h 23m, direct
09:06 Nantes12:23 Paris Gare du NordTGV INOUI 5304 SNCF Get tickets3h 17m, 1 change
11:02 Nantes13:25 Paris MontparnasseTGV INOUI 8142 SNCF Get tickets2h 23m, direct
12:09 Nantes14:17 Paris MontparnasseTGV INOUI 8916 SNCF Get tickets2h 08m, direct
13:06 Nantes15:17 Paris MontparnasseTGV INOUI 8872 SNCF Get tickets2h 11m, direct
14:02 Nantes16:25 Paris MontparnasseTGV INOUI 8876 SNCF Get tickets2h 23m, direct

TGV, OUIGO, SNCF and Intercités trains from Nantes to Paris

You can travel from Nantes to Paris on TGV, OUIGO, SNCF and Intercités 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.

PhotoErmell, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

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.

PhotoCramos, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

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.

PhotoCtruongngoc, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

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).

PhotoThierry80, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

Intercités is the classic service of SNCF. The Intercités lines are an important part of the French rail network. Trains make more stops and are cheaper than TGVs, and run at speeds of up to 100 mph (160 km/h). Two comfort classes are offered aboard Intercités – First Class and Second Class. Intercités by night allows you to travel at night on certain routes, in sleeper cars.

Cheap train tickets from Nantes to Paris

Train tickets from Nantes to Paris start at $2.48 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around $113.27.
lowest price found
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price$100.66
on the day
avg. single price$113.27

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 Paris 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 guide to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap 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 Paris

Want to know more about your journey from Nantes to Paris? 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 Paris take?

The average journey time by train between Nantes and Paris is 2 hours and 31 minutes, with around 21 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 Paris by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Nantes to Paris is 2 hours and 5 minutes.

How much does the train from Nantes to Paris cost?

Train tickets from Nantes to Paris can start from as little as $2.48 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 Paris?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Nantes to Paris without having to change trains. There are 15 direct trains from Nantes to Paris. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Nantes to Paris leaves at 05:01. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Nantes to Paris leaves at 20:06. 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 Paris by train?

Trains travelling from Nantes to Paris cover a distance of around 213 miles (342 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Paris to Nantes.
Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Nantes to Paris for a typical week day using timetable data for 08/13/2020. 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 08/10/2020 for travel on 07/11/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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