From coast to city, the route from Cherbourg to Paris St-Lazare is the perfect way to see two sides of France, each as fantastically charming as each other. Whether you’re into culture, cuisine or just up for a continental adventure, a stay in the picturesque port town of Cherbourg with a day or two in the French capital is a winning combination.
So, from delightful seafood and incredible history, head to the other end of the French spectrum to take in the cosmopolitan style and buzz of the City of Lights – all only 3 hours away. Get ready for an unforgettable trip in France; check out see our route information and journey FAQs below!
It takes an average of 3h 23m to travel from Cherbourg to Paris St-Lazare by train, over a distance of around 185 miles (299 km). There are normally 10 trains per day travelling from Cherbourg to Paris St-Lazare and tickets for this journey start from €16 when you book in advance.
From 3h 11m
185 miles (299 km)
10 trains per day
Direct trains available
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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).
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 Cherbourg to Paris St-Lazare by booking early.§
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.
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!
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.
The average journey time by train between Cherbourg and Paris St-Lazare is 3 hours and 23 minutes, with around 10 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Cherbourg to Paris St-Lazare is 3 hours and 11 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Cherbourg to Paris St-Lazare can start from as little as €16 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Cherbourg to Paris St-Lazare without having to change trains. There are 8 direct trains from Cherbourg to Paris St-Lazare each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Cherbourg to Paris St-Lazare leaves at 05:47. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Cherbourg to Paris St-Lazare leaves at 19:16. 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.
Trains travelling from Cherbourg to Paris St-Lazare cover a distance of around 185 miles (299 km) during the journey.