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Take the train from Nantes to Lille in 4 hours 8 minutes

If you want to travel from Nantes to Lille by train, you've come to the right place.

You can expect the journey from Nantes to Lille by train to take around 4 hours 59 minutes. If you want to get there as quickly as possible, it can take as little as 4 hours 8 minutes on the fastest services. You’ll usually find around 18 trains per day running on this route, which spans 315 miles (507 km). There’s no need for any changes along the way, as there are direct trains available to Lille. Both TGV and SNCF trains operate on this route, offering modern comfortable services with plenty of room for luggage as standard.

Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to search for cheap ticket prices and we'll show you how much you can save. Tickets from Nantes to Lille start from €20.00 when you book in advance.

If you want to know more about the journey, keep reading for timetables, tips on finding cheap tickets and FAQs, including first and last train times. Want to go straight to booking? Start a search with us today!

Nantes to Lille by train

It takes an average of 4h 59m to travel from Nantes to Lille by train, over a distance of around 315 miles (507 km). There are normally 18 trains per day travelling from Nantes to Lille and tickets for this journey start from €20 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 4h 8m
PriceFrom €20
Distance315 miles (507 km)
Frequency18 trains per day
First train05:09
Last train20:05
Departure stationNantes
Arrival stationLille
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsBlaBlaCar Bus, SNCF, Flixbus

Nantes to Lille train times

Check out the next trains departing from Nantes to Lille for Tuesday 27th September 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
07:09 11:25 4h 16m, 1 change
08:05 12:38 4h 33m, 1 change
10:40 14:48 4h 8m, 1 change
11:09 15:48 4h 39m, 2 changes
12:05 16:48 4h 43m, 1 change
12:54 17:30 4h 36m, direct
13:05 18:08 5h 3m, 1 change
13:06 18:18 5h 12m, 2 changes
14:05 18:48 4h 43m, 1 change
14:35 18:56 4h 21m, 1 change

TGV and SNCF trains from Nantes to Lille

You can travel from Nantes to Lille 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 Nantes to Lille

The price of train tickets from Nantes to Lille starts at €20 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 Nantes to Lille 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 Nantes to Lille? 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 Nantes to Lille take?

The average journey time by train between Nantes and Lille is 4 hours and 59 minutes, with around 18 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 Nantes and Lille by train?

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

How much does the train from Nantes to Lille cost?

Train ticket prices from Nantes to Lille can start from as little as €20 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 Nantes to Lille?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Nantes to Lille without having to change trains. There are 2 direct trains from Nantes to Lille each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Nantes to Lille leaves at 05:09. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Nantes to Lille leaves at 20:05. 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 Nantes and Lille by train?

Trains travelling from Nantes to Lille 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 Lille to Nantes. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Nantes to Lille.
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 Nantes to Lille for a typical week day using timetable data for 09/27/2022. 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 10/04/2022 for travel on 10/04/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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