A Paris break has it all – delicious food, awe-inspiring sights and fantastic culture, but one thing a city break doesn’t have is the sea. So, we think a train trip to Le Havre is on the cards, and being just two hours away, the coastal commune is perfectly beckoning you from Paris, especially during the blissfully warm summer months.
SNCF’s TER and Intercités trains comfortably carry you from the capital to coast, and 13 trains a day ensure plenty of opportunities to see the sea. So, up your French adventure game by taking a train to Le Havre where the beach awaits, just read out FAQs below to learn more!
TER (Transport Express Régional) trains are the regional service from SNCF that allow you to make trips to nearby towns and villages located within the same region. With 20 regions in France, TER trains are ideal for travelling to destinations not covered by high-speed services, although ticket prices vary between each region. TER trains have dedicated spaces for bicycles and allow animals on board. Not all TER trains include a First Class carriage.
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 St-Lazare to Le Havre 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 St-Lazare and Le Havre is 2 hours and 15 minutes, with around 14 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 St-Lazare to Le Havre is 2 hours and 8 minutes.
Train tickets from Paris St-Lazare to Le Havre can start from as little as €15 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 Paris St-Lazare to Le Havre without having to change trains. There are 13 direct trains from Paris St-Lazare to Le Havre. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Paris St-Lazare to Le Havre leaves at 06:39. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Paris St-Lazare to Le Havre leaves at 20:40. 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 St-Lazare to Le Havre cover a distance of around 108 miles (174 km) during the journey.