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Traveling by high-speed train from Paris to Bordeaux

 

What’s in this guide?

Want to spend some time in the world’s capital of wine and need more information on how to travel by train from Paris to Bordeaux? You’ve come to the right place! 

Generally, the journey time from Paris to Bordeaux by train is 2h 14m, with around 17 trains running on this popular route each day. If you want to get to Bordeaux in a hurry, high-speed TGV trains can whisk you from Paris to Bordeaux in just 2h 3m on the fastest services. Also, you don’t need to worry about changing along the way, as there are direct trains available on this route. 

When traveling on this journey, make yourself comfortable and marvel at the idyllic scenery as the train reaches speeds of up to 198mph. For the last 30 minutes of the journey, your taste buds will tingle as you whizz past vineyard after vineyard before crossing the Garonne River and arriving in Bordeaux.  

Once you step off the train and exit Bordeaux St-Jean station, you can wander along the banks of the Garonne and admire the majestic Place de la Bourse or browse shops at Rue Saint-Catherine. Whether you’re looking for things to do in Bordeaux or you know you’re interested in traveling to Bordeaux for its wine, we’re here to help.

Eager to book? Start your search for cheap train tickets from Paris to Bordeaux today. Just head to our Journey Planner at the top of the page to compare train times and ticket prices. For more information, keep reading for FAQs and advice on how to find cheap train fares. 

Paris to Bordeaux by train

It takes an average of 2h 17m to travel from Paris to Bordeaux by train, over a distance of around 310 miles (499 km). There are normally 20 trains per day traveling from Paris to Bordeaux and tickets for this journey start from $21.74 when you book in advance.

First train

6:05 am

Last train

8:32 pm

Departure station

Paris

Arrival station

Bordeaux

Journey time

From 2h 10m

Distance

310 miles (499 km)

Frequency

20 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From $21.74

Train and bus operators

OUIGO, BlaBlaCar Bus, Euroscoach By Cm Tours, SNCF, Flixbus, Inter 2000

Paris to Bordeaux train times

Check out the next trains departing from Paris to Bordeaux for Sunday May 19th 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
6:45 am Paris Montparnasse9:25 am Bordeaux St-Jeantgv inoui 8483 SNCF Get tickets2h 40m, direct
7:24 am Paris Montparnasse10:26 am Bordeaux St-Jeantgv inoui 8331 SNCF Get tickets3h 2m, 1 change
9:04 am Paris Montparnasse11:14 am Bordeaux St-Jean7671 SNCF Get tickets2h 10m, direct
10:04 am Paris Montparnasse12:14 pm Bordeaux St-Jeantgv inoui 8537 SNCF Get tickets2h 10m, direct
10:08 am Paris Montparnasse12:42 pm Bordeaux St-Jeantgv inoui 8437 SNCF Get tickets2h 34m, direct
11:04 am Paris Montparnasse1:14 pm Bordeaux St-Jeantgv inoui 8473 SNCF Get tickets2h 10m, direct

TGV, OUIGO and SNCF trains from Paris to Bordeaux

You can travel from Paris to Bordeaux on TGV, OUIGO 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.

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).

TGV INOUI and OUIGO classes from Paris to Bordeaux

Compare the different travel classes offered by TGV INOUI and OUIGO when traveling from Paris to Bordeaux.

Onboard services on TGV INOUI and OUIGO

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from Paris to Bordeaux.

LuggageLuggageBaggage

On board TGV INOUI trains, you can take up to 2 pieces of luggage measuring no more than 70 x 90 x 50 cm (27.5 x 35.4 x 19.6 inches), plus one hand luggage measuring no more than 40 x 30 x 15 cm (15.7 x 11.8 x 5.9 inches). If you are bringing an XL baggage (maximum 90 x 130 cm or 35.4 x 51.1 inches), it will replace one of the two 70 x 90 x 50 cm (27.5 x 35.4 x 19.6 inches) pieces of luggage authorised.

All your luggage must be labelled before entering the train.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

All TGV INOUI trains are equipped with a café-bar car offering a range of food and drink to suit you at any time of day. The Bar is always situated in car 4 or 14 of the train. There's a range of local and responsibly sourced products on offer.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

TGV INOUI trains have free WiFi on board for you to use throughout your journey, allowing you to stay connected, reply to emails or even relax and enjoy what's offered on the TGV INOUI entertainment portal.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

Children under 12 can get a half price ticket on TGV INOUI trains. Children under 4 travel free when they travel on your lap.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

If you've got a foldable bicycle, you can take it on the train as hand baggage, so long as it's no larger than 130 x 90 cm once folded. Or, if you can dismantle your bike, you can transport it in a cover or case no larger than 130 x 90 cm. You can still travel with a bike that cannot be folded or dismantled - you'll need to reserve a bike space on the train when you buy your ticket. Bike tickets cost €10 per bike, per journey.

PetPetPets

Small pets are allowed on board TGV INOUI trains provided they weigh less than 10kg. They must travel in a carrier no larger than 45 x 30 x 25 cm. Tickets for small pets cost €7. Larger dogs can also travel on TGV INOUI services, provided they are wearing a muzzle and are kept on a leash. Tickets for larger dogs cost €20. Guide dogs and assistance dogs travel free of charge on all SNCF trains.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

For disabled passengers or those with reduced mobility, you can request assistance through 'Accès Plus'. With this service, a member of staff will meet you at the station and help you get to your seat on the train. To book assistance, contact Accès Plus after you book your tickets (and no later than 48 hours before your train is due to depart).

LuggageLuggageBaggage

One piece of hand baggage (36 x 27 x 15 cm) and one piece of cabin baggage (55 x 35 x 25 cm) can be taken onboard. You can take additional or larger bags with you (max. 30kg) for an extra fee or by paying for OUIGO Plus.​

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

On OUIGO trains in France: an at-seat service of snacks is available on Train classique services. This service is not available on high-speed OUIGO trains.
On OUIGO trains in Spain: OUIBAR is located in car 4 of each train and offers a selection of hot and cold drinks, plus snacks.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

WiFi (OUIFI) and an entertainment portal (OUIFUN) are available at an additional cost.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

For OUIGO trains in France: Passengers under 12 years old pay a fixed price for tickets all year round - €5 for journeys on Train classique services, and €8 for high speed services.
For OUIGO trains in Spain: Passengers under 12 pay €5 for all journeys.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

You can take your bicycle on board OUIGO trains if you add the 'Bike' option onto your ticket for an additional fee of at least €5. Your bike must be folded or dismantled and placed in a storage bag for transport.

PetPetPets

Pets are only allowed on board OUIGO trains if the 'Pets' option is added to your ticket at the time of booking. (1 pet per adult, per booking, €10 per pet.)

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

For disabled passengers or those with reduced mobility, you can request assistance through 'Accès Plus'. With this service, a member of staff will meet you at the station and help you get to your seat on the train. To book assistance, contact Accès Plus after you book your tickets (and no later than 48 hours before your train is due to depart).

Cheap train tickets from Paris to Bordeaux

The price of train tickets from Paris to Bordeaux starts at $21.74 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 Paris to Bordeaux 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.

Traveling from the airport to central Paris

Visiting Paris from abroad? You’ll most likely arrive at one of Paris’ airports. If you want to know how to get to central Paris from the airport, keep reading for more details.

In Paris, there are three major airports:

  • Charles de Gaulle Airport (CGD)
  • Orly Airport (ORY)
  • Beauvais Tillé Airport (BVA)

Each airport offers a bus and taxi service, but only Charles de Gaulle and Orly have their own dedicated train stations (the nearest train station to Beauvais Tillé is nearby Beauvais). Find out more about transfers to and from airports in Paris.

How to get to Paris Montparnasse station

Many train services to Bordeaux, including all TGV INOUI trains, leave from Paris Montparnasse. Not sure how to get there? We’ve got you covered!

Trains from Paris Montparnasse

If you’re headed to Paris Montparnasse train station from another part of Paris, you can get there using public transport:

  • Metro: Lines 4, 6, 12 and 13 stop at the metro stop Montparnasse-Bienvenüe, where you can transfer on foot to Paris Montparnasse train station
  • Transilien: Transilien line N trains stop at Paris Montparnasse station
  • RATP buses: Buses 28, 91, 94 and 96 stop at Paris Montparnasse train station
  • Night buses: Night buses N01, N02, N12, N13, N61, N62, N63, N66 and N145 stop at Paris Montparnasse train station – these buses run from 12:30 am until 5:30 am.

What if my train doesn’t depart from Paris Montparnasse?

Some OUIGO trains to Bordeaux depart from other train stations in Paris, such as Massy TGV station. To get to Massy TGV station, you can take an RER train (line B or C).

Boarding the train from Paris to Bordeaux

Once you’ve arrived at Paris Montparnasse station, you can make your way to the platform. If you’re traveling with TGV INOUI and you’ve got a Business Première ticket or another eligible ticket, you can take advantage of the TGV INOUI Grand Voyageur lounge. Find out more here.

Arriving at Bordeaux station from Paris

No matter which service you decide to travel on, your train will arrive at Bordeaux Saint-Jean station.

Bordeaux Saint-Jean train station is located on Rue Charles Domercq, not far from Bordeaux city center. From the train station, you can easily get to:

  • The Marché des Capucins: this famous market is over 250 years old and is around a 15-minute walk away from the train station.
  • Rue Sainte Catherine: a popular shopping street in Bordeaux, you can hop on bus 1 to travel to the city hall which is just a stone’s throw away from the shops. If you’d rather stretch your legs, it’s around a half hour walk from the train station.
  • The Miroir d’Eau: this is the world’s largest reflective pool, reachable in 15 minutes if you catch tram line C from the train station (or it’s a half hour walk).

Bordeaux Saint-Jean train station is served by the following public transport services:

  • Trams C and D
  • Buses 1, 9, 20, 31 and 35
  • Regional TER trains

Using public transport in Bordeaux

If you want to get around Bordeaux quickly and conveniently, you can use the city's public transport system.

Taking the tram in Bordeaux

Bordeaux has 4 tram lines: A, B, C and D. Trams run from 5 am until midnight, Sunday to Wednesday, and 5 am until 1 am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. During the day, they run every 3-5 minutes, so you’ll quickly be on your way to explore a new part of the city!

Taking the bus in Bordeaux

You’ll also be able to get around by bus once you’ve arrived in Bordeaux. You can buy a 24-hour ticket allowing you unlimited journeys on public transport in Bordeaux (including buses and trams) for €5, or around $5.36 (as of September 2023). Children under 5 travel free on buses and other public transport services in Bordeaux.

Explore Europe by train with a Eurail Pass

After visiting Bordeaux, why not continue exploring Europe by train? With a Eurail Pass, you can travel across 33 European countries as much as you want on participating European train networks for a set amount of travel days.

You can use a Eurail Pass if you’re not a European citizen or resident. If you're a European citizen or a non-European who is an official legal resident of a European country, you can use an Interrail Pass instead.

 

How to get from Bordeaux city center to the airport

If Bordeaux is the last stop on your European tour, you might be wondering how to get to the airport for your flight home. Keep reading for more information.

Using public transport to travel to Bordeaux Airport

Bordeaux has one airport: Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport. To get from Bordeaux city center to the airport, you have a couple of options if you want to take public transport, including:

  • Shuttle bus: There is a direct shuttle bus called 30’Direct which can take you from Bordeaux Saint-Jean station to the airport. A single ticket costs €8, or around $8.57 (as of September 2023).
  • Trams: Line A runs to the airport from the city center. A single trip on the tram costs €1.80, or around $1.93 (as of September 2023).

What are my other options?

You’ll likely find that your journey back to the States from Bordeaux will require a stopover somewhere like London or Paris. Why not save yourself a flight and travel from Bordeaux to Paris or Bordeaux to London first?

 

FAQs for Paris to Bordeaux

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

The average journey time by train between Paris and Bordeaux is 2 hours and 17 minutes, with around 20 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 Paris and Bordeaux by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Paris to Bordeaux is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

How much does the train from Paris to Bordeaux cost?

Train tickets from Paris to Bordeaux can start from as little as $21.74 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 Paris to Bordeaux?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Paris to Bordeaux without having to change trains. There are 20 direct trains from Paris to Bordeaux each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Paris to Bordeaux leaves at 06:05. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Paris to Bordeaux leaves at 20:32. 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 Paris and Bordeaux by train?

Trains travelling from Paris to Bordeaux cover a distance of around 310 miles (499 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Bordeaux to Paris.

Tips and tricks from our Trainline team

We love helping our customers find inspiration for their next train journey. Discover some travel stories written based on our employees' experiences.

Paris to Bordeaux on a high-speed TGV train

At the foot of the famous Montparnasse Tower, on the border of the 14th and 15th arrondissements (districts) of Paris, is Paris Montparnasse station. My journey begins there, in the rain, waiting for the train sheltered in the station.   

If you fancy doing some window shopping before your journey, the Montparnasse shopping center is just a few meters away. The station itself offers a few café terraces, for those who want to eat.   

On board the TGV train to Bordeaux

My train was waiting for me in Hall One. The train to Bordeaux from Paris is a classic TGV train with just one level. Your train ticket features your car and seat number, so look out for these as you board the train – you’ll find the car numbers on the doors of the TGV, and seat numbers on the light inserts between the seats.   

The seats are purple and orange (the colours of SNCF) and are very comfortable, whether you’re sitting in First or Second Class. My seat (in Second Class) also had a small folding table and cup holder, a footrest and a power outlet. A bin is available below your seat.   

Each car has a dedicated baggage area at either end. You’re advised to leave bulky bags in these spaces and take smaller baggage and suitcases into the car. You can store them on the shelves above the seats, or simply place them under your seat. Two toilets are also available at both ends of the car. Unfortunately, the TGV that I traveled on wasn’t one of the all-new TGV INOUI trains and didn’t include free access to the WiFi network.   

During the journey, the TGV train stops at the following stations: Saint-Pierre des Corps, Poitiers, Angouleme and finally, Bordeaux Saint-Jean

Arrival in Bordeaux 

Bordeaux Saint-Jean train station is very beautiful. My eyes were immediately drawn to the large breath-taking canopy above the tracks. And that's not all – as the station is quite central, you just need to step outside to start enjoying some Bordeaux specialities!  

It’s really easy to get to the city center. The tram (Line C) and bus (Lines 1 and 9) will take you wherever you want in the city, even to the nearby international airport, Bordeaux-Mérignac.   

While you’re here, enjoy a stroll on the banks of the Garonne, take a picture of the Pont de Pierre and take a round trip to Alsace and Lorraine to visit the Grand-Place, where you’ll have the opportunity to admire the Saint-André Cathedral and enjoy the terraces.  

About Estelle

Estelle, a former Trainline employee, chose to share their experience of the journey between Paris and Bordeaux.


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