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Travelling from Lille to Nantes by train

The average train time from Lille to Nantes is 5h 23m, although it takes just 4h 7m on the fastest high-speed TGV services. There are around 21 trains per day running from Lille to Nantes, the first train leaves Lille at 05:48 and the last train leaves at 21:51.

  • All trains depart from Lille-Europe or Lille-Flandres station.
  • All trains arrive into Nantes station.

Arriving in Nantes, there's so much to see and do. Make sure you visit the Château des ducs de Bretagne - it's an impressive and austere fortress in the city's historic centre you wouldn't want to miss!

Want to learn more about travelling from Lille to Nantes? Start your search for tickets in our Journey Planner at the top of the page or keep reading for train times, FAQs about the journey and tips on how to find cheap train tickets from Lille to Nantes.

Lille to Nantes by train

It takes an average of 5h 58m to travel from Lille to Nantes by train, over a distance of around 315 miles (507 km). There are normally 12 trains per day travelling from Lille to Nantes and tickets for this journey start from €25 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 4h 8m
PriceFrom €25
Distance315 miles (507 km)
Frequency12 trains per day
First train04:51
Last train19:58
Departure stationLille
Arrival stationNantes
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsBlaBlaCar Bus, SNCF, Flixbus, BlaBlaBus

Lille to Nantes train times

Check out the next trains departing from Lille to Nantes for martes 3º agosto 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
06:12 10:50 4h 38m, 1 change
07:42 12:52 5h 10m, 2 changes
08:32 13:46 5h 14m, direct
09:12 13:20 4h 8m, 1 change
10:42 15:52 5h 10m, 1 change
13:42 17:51 4h 9m, 1 change
15:12 19:54 4h 42m, 1 change
16:16 20:51 4h 35m, 1 change
17:42 22:03 4h 21m, 1 change
19:12 07:51 12h 39m, 1 change

TGV and SNCF trains from Lille to Nantes

You can travel from Lille to Nantes on TGV 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.

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).

Cheap train tickets from Lille to Nantes

The price of train tickets from Lille to Nantes starts at €25 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 Lille to Nantes 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.

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Lille and Nantes is 5 hours and 58 minutes, with around 12 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 Lille and Nantes by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Lille to Nantes is 4 hours and 8 minutes.

How much does the train from Lille to Nantes cost?

Train ticket prices from Lille to Nantes can start from as little as €25 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.

Is there a direct train from Lille to Nantes?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Lille to Nantes without having to change trains. There is 1 direct train from Lille to Nantes each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Lille to Nantes leaves at 04:51. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Lille to Nantes leaves at 19:58. 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 Lille and Nantes by train?

Trains travelling from Lille to Nantes cover a distance of around 315 miles (507 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Nantes to Lille. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Lille to Nantes.
Average savings on fares booked prior to day of travel vs full price fares on day of travel in France. Subject to availability. Excludes coach. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Lille to Nantes for a typical week day using timetable data for 08/03/2021. 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 03/17/2021 for travel on 03/17/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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