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Travelling from Nantes to Paris by train

Famous for medieval châteaux and stunning scenery, Nantes is just 218 miles away from Paris. If you’re one of the many visitors making the pilgrimage from Nantes to Paris, why not consider the train?

The uber-speedy TGV inOUI service will take you from Nantes to Paris in less than two hours – that’s twice as quick as driving. With 18 trains a day, you can come and go whenever you want. Arriving into the heart of the city allows you the freedom to explore at your leisure.

The network’s high-speed train is ultra-modern too, with WiFi and electric power sockets throughout. If you choose to travel First Class you can benefit from lounges at the stations, larger seats and many other perks. For families, little ones will love the double-decker cabins – always providing much excitement for young travellers!

Ready to travel from Nantes to Paris by train? Read on for further information, or to book tickets for your forthcoming trip.

Nantes to Paris by train

It takes an average of 2h 29m to travel from Nantes to Paris by train, over a distance of around 212 miles (342 km). There are normally 15 trains per day travelling from Nantes to Paris and tickets for this journey start from €8.70 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 8m
PriceFrom €8.70
Distance212 miles (342 km)
Frequency15 trains per day
First train06:06
Last train16:10
Departure stationNantes
Arrival stationParis
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsOUIGO, BlaBlaCar Bus, SNCF, Flixbus, BlaBlaBus

Nantes to Paris train times

Check out the next trains departing from Nantes to Paris for Tuesday 29th June 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
07:06 09:22 2h 16m, direct
07:10 10:18 3h 8m, 1 change
08:02 10:29 2h 27m, direct
10:02 12:25 2h 23m, direct
11:01 13:22 2h 21m, direct
12:06 14:16 2h 10m, direct
12:53 15:22 2h 29m, direct
14:01 16:24 2h 23m, direct
14:35 16:51 2h 16m, direct
15:02 17:24 2h 22m, direct

TGV, OUIGO and SNCF trains from Nantes to Paris

You can travel from Nantes to Paris on TGV, OUIGO 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.

PhotoCramos, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

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.

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 Paris

The price of train tickets from Nantes to Paris starts at €8.70 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 Paris 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 Paris? 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 Paris take?

The average journey time by train between Nantes and Paris is 2 hours and 29 minutes, with around 15 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 Paris by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Nantes to Paris is 2 hours and 8 minutes.

How much does the train from Nantes to Paris cost?

Train ticket prices from Nantes to Paris can start from as little as €8.70 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 Paris?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Nantes to Paris without having to change trains. There are 11 direct trains from Nantes to Paris 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 Paris leave?

The first train from Nantes to Paris leaves at 06:06. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Nantes to Paris leaves at 16:10. 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 Paris by train?

Trains travelling from Nantes to Paris cover a distance of around 212 miles (342 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Paris to Nantes. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Nantes to Paris.
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 Paris for a typical week day using timetable data for 06/29/2021. 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 03/09/2021 for travel on 03/09/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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