Lourdes has a special place in the heart of Christians but can appeal to people of all faiths and backgrounds, and it's perfectly reachable from the French capital of Paris. Despite the fact that more than 400 miles separate the City of Lights from this small village, SNCF’s high-speed TGV trains can make the journey in under five hours.
Arriving in Lourdes, surrounded by the inspiring beauty of the Pyrenees mountains, you'll be able to take a walk around and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this special place, visiting sacred spots like the Grotto of Massabille and the Sanctuaire Notre Dame de Lourdes.
Still not convinced? Read on for more details about this train journey, including train timetables and FAQs.
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.
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 Paris Montparnasse to Lourdes 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 Paris Montparnasse and Lourdes is 7 hours and 23 minutes, with around 10 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 Paris Montparnasse to Lourdes is 4 hours and 44 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Paris Montparnasse to Lourdes 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 Paris Montparnasse to Lourdes without having to change trains. There are 5 direct trains from Paris Montparnasse to Lourdes each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Paris Montparnasse to Lourdes leaves at 06:37. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Paris Montparnasse to Lourdes leaves at 21:14. 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 Paris Montparnasse to Lourdes cover a distance of around 413 miles (664 km) during the journey.