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 is the high-speed train service of the SNCF company. It connects the major cities of France at speeds of up to 320 km/h. All TGV trains are equipped with a food carriage, a free WiFi connection, power sockets and removable shelves. Two comfort classes are offered – First Class and Second Class, with more flexible train tickets and access to the Grand Voyageur lounge in some stations.
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 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.
Train tickets from Lyon to Nantes start at €15.00 if purchased from 3 to 6 months in advance. Prices for train journeys from Lyon to Nantes start at €90.16 when you book at least 28 days in advance.* Tickets usually go on sale 3 months in advance, yet in some rare cases this can be up to 6 months. For more precise information on when you can book your tickets or whether there are any promotional sales, click here.
The average journey time between Lyon and Nantes is 4 hours and 57 minutes and the fastest journey time is 4 hours and 24 minutes. On an average weekday, there are 15 trains per day travelling from Lyon to Nantes. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays; use our journey planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The first train from Lyon to Nantes departs at 06:30. The last train from Lyon to Nantes departs at 18:34. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services. Alternatively, some popular routes may run throughout the night at a reduced frequency. There may also be less services on weekends and holidays; use our journey planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Lyon to Nantes without having to change trains. There are 4 direct trains from Lyon to Nantes. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
By train, of course. See trains from Nantes to Lyon.