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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 20m to travel from Nantes to Paris by train, over a distance of around 212 miles (342 km). There are normally 21 trains per day travelling from Nantes to Paris and tickets for this journey start from £8.87 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

From 2h 3m


212 miles (342 km)


21 trains per day


Direct trains available


From £8.87

Train and bus operators

OUIGO, BlaBlaCar Bus, SNCF, Flixbus

Nantes to Paris train times

Check out the next trains departing from Nantes to Paris for martedì 25º giugno 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
08:05 10:26 2h 21m, direct
09:50 11:58 2h 8m, direct
10:05 12:25 2h 20m, direct
10:40 13:34 2h 54m, 1 change
11:05 14:06 3h 1m, 1 change
12:05 14:25 2h 20m, direct
13:04 15:10 2h 6m, direct
13:05 16:09 3h 4m, 1 change
14:05 16:26 2h 21m, direct
15:05 17:25 2h 20m, 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).

TGV INOUI and OUIGO classes from Nantes to Paris

Compare the different travel classes offered by TGV INOUI and OUIGO when travelling from Nantes to Paris.

Onboard services on TGV INOUI and OUIGO

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from Nantes to Paris.


On board TGV INOUI trains, you can take up to 2 pieces of luggage measuring no more than 70 x 90 x 50 cm, plus one hand luggage measuring no more than 40 x 30 x 15 cm. If you are bringing an XL baggage (maximum 90 x 130 cm), it will replace one of the two 70 x 90 x 50 cm pieces of luggage authorised.

All your luggage must be labelled before entering the train.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

All TGV INOUI trains are equipped with a café-bar carriage offering a range of food and drink to suit you at any time of day. The Bar is always situated in carriage 4 or 14 of the train. There's a range of local and responsibly sourced products on offer to whet your appetite.


TGV INOUI trains have free WiFi on board for you to use throughout your journey, allowing you to stay connected, reply to emails or even relax and enjoy what's offered on the TGV INOUI entertainment portal.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

Children under 12 can get a half price ticket on TGV INOUI trains. Children under 4 travel free when they travel on your lap.


If you've got a foldable bicycle, you can take it on the train as hand luggage, so long as it's no larger than 130 x 90 cm once folded. Or, if you can dismantle your bike, you can transport it in a cover or case no larger than 130 x 90 cm. You can still travel with a bike that cannot be folded or dismantled - you'll need to reserve a bike space on the train when you buy your ticket. Bike tickets cost €10 per bike, per journey.


Small pets are allowed on board TGV INOUI trains provided they weigh less than 10kg. They must travel in a carrier no larger than 45 x 30 x 25 cm. Tickets for small pets cost €7. Larger dogs can also travel on TGV INOUI services, provided they are wearing a muzzle and are kept on a lead. Tickets for larger dogs cost €20. Guide dogs and assistance dogs travel free of charge on all SNCF trains.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

For disabled passengers or those with reduced mobility, you can request assistance through 'Accès Plus'. With this service, a member of staff will meet you at the station and help you get to your seat on the train. To book assistance, contact Accès Plus after you book your tickets (and no later than 48 hours before your train is due to depart).


One piece of hand luggage (36 x 27 x 15 cm) and one piece of cabin luggage (55 x 35 x 25 cm) can be taken onboard. You can take additional or larger bags with you (max. 30kg) for an extra fee or by paying for OUIGO Plus.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

On OUIGO trains in France: an at-seat service of snacks is available on Train classique services. This service is not available on high-speed OUIGO trains.
On OUIGO trains in Spain: OUIBAR is located in coach 4 of each train and offers a selection of hot and cold drinks, plus snacks.


WiFi (OUIFI) and an entertainment portal (OUIFUN) are available at an additional cost.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

For OUIGO trains in France: Passengers under 12 years old pay a fixed price for tickets all year round - €5 for journeys on Train classique services, and €8 for high speed services.
For OUIGO trains in Spain: Passengers under 12 pay €5 per ticket for all journeys.


You can take your bicycle on board OUIGO trains if you add the 'Bike' option onto your ticket for an additional fee of at least €5. Your bike must be folded or dismantled and placed in a storage bag for transport.


Pets are only allowed on board OUIGO trains if the 'Pets' option is added to your ticket at the time of booking. (1 pet per adult, per booking, €10 per pet.)

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

For disabled passengers or those with reduced mobility, you can request assistance through 'Accès Plus'. With this service, a member of staff will meet you at the station and help you get to your seat on the train. To book assistance, contact Accès Plus after you book your tickets (and no later than 48 hours before your train is due to depart).

Cheap train tickets from Nantes to Paris

The price of train tickets from Nantes to Paris starts at £8.87 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 20 minutes, with around 21 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 3 minutes.

How much does the train from Nantes to Paris cost?

Train ticket prices from Nantes to Paris can start from as little as £8.87 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 18 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 05:08. 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 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 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.

Tips and tricks from our Trainline team

We love helping our customers find inspiration for their next train journey. Discover some travel stories written based on our employees' experiences.

Travelling from Nantes to Paris by train

My trip started with my arrival at Nantes station, located opposite the Jardin de Plantes on the Boulevard de Stalingrad. The station is easily accessible using public transport in Nantes.

The station has two halls: one for departures and another one for arrivals. Small and easy to navigate, the station is served by TGV (high-speed), OUIGO, Intercités and TER trains. You can enter the station via an underground passage, but lifts are also available.


On board the TGV train from Nantes to Paris

I hopped on board a classic single-storey TGV INOUI train. It was very easy to find my seat, as each SNCF train ticket includes a carriage number and a seat number.

The seats, in SNCF colours, are comfortable regardless of whether you’re in First (Première) or Second (Seconde) Class. They each have a fold-down table as well as a drinks holder, a footrest and a plug socket. There’s also somewhere to put your rubbish underneath the seat.

There is a dedicated luggage storage space at the front and end of each carriage. Passengers are advised to store large bags in these areas and take hand luggage and small suitcases into the carriage itself. You can store them on the racks above the seats or simply place them underneath your seat.

As I was travelling in the evening, I wasn’t able to marvel at the countryside out of the window. And no luck with the internet either – this particular TGV train didn’t have WiFi access. But that didn’t matter: I was lulled into relaxing by the sounds of the train and a good book.


Arriving at the station in Paris

The TGV train arrived at Paris Montparnasse station. The station is huge! It’s also located, as the name suggests, very close to the famous Montparnasse Tower. This has a shopping centre, perfect for window shopping.

Just a few minutes away from the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral, adventure was calling me! Taking the train to Paris? There’s nothing simpler!


About Estelle

Estelle, a former Trainline employee, chose to share their experience of the journey between Nantes and Paris.

A regular trip from Nantes to Paris

I regularly travel between Nantes and Paris. For this trip, I bought a Première (First Class) ticket for a TGV INOUI train. The train left from Nantes station, which is located in the city centre and arrived at Paris Montparnasse station.

A view from the train window on a journey from Nantes to Paris

What I enjoyed about the journey

Thanks to high-speed TGV INOUI trains, it’s possible to get from Nantes to Paris in a little over two hours. My experience travelling in Première Class was very enjoyable: the carriage was clean, there was enough legroom, the fold-down table was quite big, and the seats were comfortable.

I also appreciated that there were plug sockets available at each seat – it's very practical as it means you can recharge your devices and arrive in Paris with complete peace of mind. What’s more, there was enough space to store everyone’s luggage, and some gorgeous views of the Breton countryside as we made our way to Paris.

Paris Montparnasse interior

What I didn’t like about the journey

Technically, the train has free WiFi available, but the connection is often very poor so you can’t use it to work during the whole journey. That said, everything else about the trip went very well!


About Marion

Marion, a Trainline employee, chose to share their experience of the journey between Nantes and Paris. The review has been written by one of our travel writers, based on a survey including multiple-choice questions regarding pros and cons of the journey.

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