With high-speed daily train services from Montpellier to Paris, you can travel between the centres of the two French cities without the stress of traffic or the hassle of parking. A direct train will get you to the heart of the capital in just three and a half hours.
Spend the duration of your journey relaxing onboard SNCF’s ultra-modern TGV trains. Enjoy free WiFi and snacks from the food carriage as you’re whisked over at speeds of up to 320 km/h. Upgrade to First Class for wider seats and gourmet food.
Choose train travel for your trip and you’ll arrive at a prime location in the City of Light. That’ll give you more time to marvel at the Eiffel Tower and explore charming Parisian neighbourhoods such as Montmartre and Le Marais.
Keen to find out more? We’ve got all the details you need, including FAQs and train times, below.
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.
OUIGO is the low-cost brand of French rail company SNCF, who operate trains in France and Spain. In France, all seats on OUIGO are Second Class and tickets can only be purchased online. You can also pay for additional extras, such as reserving a seat in the ‘quiet area’, at-seat power sockets and extra luggage. OUIGO has been operating in Spain since May 2021, and their trains include an onboard bar and a premium class of service called OUIGO Plus.
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).
Renfe-SNCF trains are the result of a collaboration between France and Spain to bring the two countries together via a network of high-speed trains. There are two comfort classes – Turista (or Second Class) and Preferente (or First Class). Both classes have power sockets and comfortable seating. Luggage security checks are in force at all Spanish stations before boarding. It's also advisable to travel with your identity card for border control.
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 Montpellier to Paris 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!
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 Montpellier and Paris is 6 hours and 59 minutes, with around 19 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 Montpellier to Paris is 3 hours and 29 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Montpellier to Paris can start from as little as €19 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 Montpellier to Paris without having to change trains. There are 5 direct trains from Montpellier to Paris each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Montpellier to Paris leaves at 05:18. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Montpellier to Paris leaves at 20:55. 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 Montpellier to Paris cover a distance of around 370 miles (596 km) during the journey.