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.
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, high-speed train service operated by the French national train company SNCF. Despite having only one class on board, OUIGO trains offer the same comfort as Second Class seats on TGV trains, although OUIGO tickets are only available to purchase online. To make your journey as smooth as possible, arrive at least 30 minutes before departure and bear in mind that there's an additional fee for bringing a suitcase with you, having a seat with power sockets and travelling with a stroller/buggy.
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).
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 100 mph (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.
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.§
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 Nantes and Paris is 2 hours and 24 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Nantes to Paris is 2 hours and 5 minutes.
Train tickets from Nantes to Paris can start from as little as €3.30 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Nantes to Paris without having to change trains. There are 15 direct trains from Nantes to Paris. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Nantes to Paris leaves at 05:01. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Nantes to Paris leaves at 20:06. 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 Nantes to Paris cover a distance of around 213 miles (342 km) during the journey.