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Travelling by high-speed train from Paris to Bordeaux


Planning a day trip from Paris to Bordeaux by train? Start your journey with us!

The train from Paris to Bordeaux usually takes 2 hours and 14 minutes but can take just 2 hours and 3 minutes on the fastest services. You'll be travelling directly on this route with either TGV INOUI or OUIGO. On board, you'll find comfortable seating, space for luggage and, on most services, free WiFi as standard.

Much less stressful than driving, the train from Paris to Bordeaux is a popular route for locals and tourists alike as you cruise through the countryside at speeds up to 198 mph. Why not travel in First Class and enjoy stretching out and watching the world go by in wide, luxurious seating? There’s even a headrest and footrest if you fancy a nap along the way!

Almost every TGV INOUI service running on this route is a brand new, ultra-modern train which features double-decker carriages, comfy seats, fold-down tray tables, two toilets in every carriage, luggage racks, and not one, but two, onboard cafes! For the last 30 minutes of the journey, your taste buds will begin to tingle as you whizz past vineyard after vineyard before crossing the Garonne River and into Bordeaux.

Once you step off the train and out of Bordeaux St-Jean station, it’s just a short stroll to enjoy a wander along the banks of the Garonne, before admiring the majestic Place de la Bourse or the Rue Saint-Catherine shopping street.

Ready to book? Start a search for cheap train tickets from Paris to Bordeaux in our Journey Planner at the top of the page, or keep reading for more information on:

Paris to Bordeaux by train

It takes an average of 2h 17m to travel from Paris to Bordeaux by train, over a distance of around 310 miles (499 km). There are normally 20 trains per day travelling from Paris to Bordeaux and tickets for this journey start from £16.91 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

From 2h 10m


310 miles (499 km)


20 trains per day


Direct trains available


From £16.91

Train and bus operators

OUIGO, BlaBlaCar Bus, Euroscoach By Cm Tours, SNCF, Flixbus, Inter 2000

Paris to Bordeaux train times

Check out the next trains departing from Paris to Bordeaux for Tuesday 2nd July 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
09:04 11:14 2h 10m, direct
10:04 12:14 2h 10m, direct
11:04 13:14 2h 10m, direct
11:30 14:08 2h 38m, direct
12:37 15:07 2h 30m, direct
12:58 15:14 2h 16m, direct
14:04 16:14 2h 10m, direct
15:04 17:14 2h 10m, direct
16:04 18:14 2h 10m, direct
16:36 19:06 2h 30m, direct

TGV, OUIGO and SNCF trains from Paris to Bordeaux

You can travel from Paris to Bordeaux 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 Paris to Bordeaux

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

Onboard services on TGV INOUI and OUIGO

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


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 Paris to Bordeaux

The price of train tickets from Paris to Bordeaux starts at £16.91 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 Paris to Bordeaux 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.

Travelling from the airport to central Paris

If you’re flying to Paris, you’ll need to make your way to the city centre before your journey to Bordeaux. If you want to know how to get to central Paris from the airport, keep reading for more details.

In Paris, there are three major airports:

  • Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)
  • Orly Airport (ORY)
  • Beauvais Tillé Airport (BVA)

All airports offer a bus and taxi service, but only Charles de Gaulle and Orly have their own dedicated train stations (the nearest train station to Beauvais Tillé is nearby Beauvais). Find out more about transfers to and from airports in Paris.

How to get to Paris Montparnasse station

Before your journey to Bordeaux, you need to travel to Paris Montparnasse station. Not sure how to get there? We’ve got you covered!

Trains from Paris Montparnasse

Heading to Paris Montparnasse train station from another part of Paris? You can get there using public transport:

  • Metro: Lines 4, 6, 12 and 13 stop at the metro stop Montparnasse-Bienvenüe, where you can transfer on foot to Paris Montparnasse train station.
  • Transilien: Transilien line N trains stop at Paris Montparnasse station.
  • RATP buses: Buses 28, 91, 94 and 96 stop at Paris Montparnasse train station.
  • Night buses: Night buses N01, N02, N12, N13, N61, N62, N63, N66 and N145 stop at Paris Montparnasse train station – these buses run from 12:30 am until 5:30 am.

What if my train doesn’t depart from Paris Montparnasse?

If you are travelling to Bordeaux with OUIGO, some trains depart from other train stations in Paris, such as Massy TGV station. To get to Massy TGV station, you can take an RER train (line B or C).

Boarding the train from Paris to Bordeaux

As soon as you’ve arrived at Paris Montparnasse station, you can make your way to the platform. If you’re travelling with TGV INOUI and you’ve got a Business Première ticket or another eligible ticket, you can take advantage of the TGV INOUI Grand Voyageur lounge. Find out more here.

Train stations between Paris and Bordeaux

During your journey from Paris to Bordeaux, the train may stop at certain towns and cities along the way.

The journey from Paris to Bordeaux takes just over 2 hours. Depending on which service you travel on, you can visit some of the most beautiful towns in France, including Tours, Poitiers and Angoulême. Please note that not all trains serve the same stations. In fact, some trains don’t stop anywhere along the way. The stations you are likely to stop at are:

Arriving at Bordeaux Saint-Jean station from Paris

No matter which operator you decide to travel on, your train will arrive at Bordeaux Saint-Jean station.

Located on Rue Charles Domercq, Bordeaux Saint-Jean train station is not far from Bordeaux city centre. From the train station, you can easily get to:

  • The Marché des Capucins: this famous market is over 250 years old and is around a 15-minute walk away from the train station.
  • Rue Sainte Catherine: a popular shopping street in Bordeaux, you can hop on bus 1 to travel to the city hall which is just a stone’s throw away from the shops. If you’d rather stretch your legs, it’s around a half-hour walk from the train station.
  • The Miroir d’Eau: this is the world’s largest reflective pool, reachable in 15 minutes if you catch tram line C from the train station (or it’s a half-hour walk).

Bordeaux Saint-Jean train station is served by the following public transport services:

  • Trams C and D
  • Buses 1, 9, 20, 31 and 35
  • Regional TER trains

Using public transport in Bordeaux

Use the city's public transport system if you want to get around Bordeaux quickly and conveniently.

Taking the tram in Bordeaux  

Bordeaux has 4 tram lines: A, B, C and D. Trams run from 5am until midnight, Sunday to Wednesday, and 5am until 1am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. During the day, they run every 3-5 minutes, so you’ll quickly be on your way to explore a new part of the city!  

Taking the bus in Bordeaux  

Once you’ve arrived in Bordeaux, you’ll be able to get around by bus. You can buy a 24-hour ticket allowing you unlimited journeys on public transport in Bordeaux (including buses and trams) for €5, or around £4.37 (as of November 2023). Children under 5 travel free on buses and other public transport services in Bordeaux. 

5 of the best things to do in Bordeaux 🍷

Are you planning to stay in Bordeaux? Keep reading more information on the best things to do during your stay.

  1. Take in the sights at Place de La Bourse and the famous water mirror. Impressive throughout the day, but especially at sunset, observe the surrounding facades and the colours of the sky reflected on this carpet of water. Budding photographers will be delighted!

  2. Discover the City of Wine (Cité du Vin). Inaugurated in 2016, this contemporary museum has quickly become a must-see for visits to Bordeaux. During your visit, uncover the history of wine culture and taste some local wines.

  3. Walk through the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll through the historic district of Bordeaux, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2007. Admire the picturesque streets and its impressive architecture dating back to the 18th century.

  4. Cycling on the banks of the Garonne River. If the weather is nice, rent bikes and cycle along the quays. End your walk with a drink or two on the terraces and admire the view of the river.

  5. Awaken your taste buds with Bordeaux cuisine. Taste local specialities such as canelé, oysters from the Arcachon Basin or even Bordelaise steak.

Discover France

If you’ve enjoyed your time in Bordeaux and want to explore more of France, you can easily reach nearby towns and cities by train. The real question is: where should you go next?

How to get from Bordeaux city centre to the airport

If you're flying home, you might be wondering how to get to the airport from central Bordeaux. Keep reading for more information.


Using public transport to travel to Bordeaux Airport

In Bordeaux, there is just one airport: Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport. If you want to use public transport to get from Bordeaux city centre to the airport, you have a couple of options, including:

  • Shuttle bus: There is a direct shuttle bus called 30’Direct which can take you from Bordeaux Saint-Jean station to the airport. A single ticket costs €8, or around £6.99 (as of November 2023).
  • Trams: Line A runs to the airport from the city centre. A single trip on the tram costs €1.80, or around £1.57 (as of November 2023).

Explore Europe with an Interrail Pass

Once you’ve finished exploring Bordeaux, why not continue exploring Europe by train? With an Interrail Pass, you can travel across 33 European countries as much as you want on participating European train networks for a set amount of travel days.

If you're a European citizen or a non-European who is an official legal resident of a European country, you can use an Interrail Pass. If you’re an American or Canadian citizen, you can use a Eurail Pass instead.


Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Paris to Bordeaux? 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 Paris to Bordeaux take?

The average journey time by train between Paris and Bordeaux is 2 hours and 17 minutes, with around 20 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 Paris and Bordeaux by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Paris to Bordeaux is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

How much does the train from Paris to Bordeaux cost?

Train ticket prices from Paris to Bordeaux can start from as little as £16.91 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 Paris to Bordeaux?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Paris to Bordeaux without having to change trains. There are 20 direct trains from Paris to Bordeaux each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Paris to Bordeaux leave?

The first train from Paris to Bordeaux leaves at 06:04. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Paris to Bordeaux leaves at 20:32. 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 Paris and Bordeaux by train?

Trains travelling from Paris to Bordeaux cover a distance of around 310 miles (499 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Bordeaux to Paris. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Paris to Bordeaux.

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.

Paris to Bordeaux on a high-speed TGV train

At the foot of the famous Montparnasse Tower, on the border of the 14th and 15th arrondissements (districts) of Paris, is Paris Montparnasse station. My journey begins there, in the rain, waiting for the train sheltered in the station.  

If you fancy doing some window shopping before your journey, the Montparnasse shopping centre is just a few meters away. The station itself offers a few terraces of cafes, for those who want to eat.  

On board the TGV train to Bordeaux  

My train was waiting for me in hall one. The train to Bordeaux from Paris is a classic TGV train with just one level. Your train ticket features your carriage and seat number, so look out for these as you board the train – you’ll find the carriages numbers on the doors of the TGV, and seat numbers on the light inserts between the seats.  

The seats are purple and orange (the colours of SNCF) and are very comfortable, whether you’re sitting in First or Second Class. My seat (in Second Class) also had a small folding table and cup holder, a footrest and a power socket. A bin is available below your seat.  

Each carriage has a dedicated luggage area at either end. You’re advised to leave bulky luggage in these spaces and take smaller baggage and suitcases into the cabin. You can store them on the shelves above the seats, or simply place them under your seat. Two toilets are also available at both ends of the carriage. Unfortunately, the TGV that I travelled on wasn’t one of the all-new TGV INOUI trains and didn’t include free access to the WiFi network.  

During the journey, the TGV train stops at the following stations – Saint-Pierre des CorpsPoitiersAngouleme and finally, Bordeaux Saint-Jean.  

Arrival in Bordeaux  

Bordeaux Saint-Jean train station is very beautiful, my eyes were immediately drawn to the large breath-taking canopy above the tracks. And that's not all – as the station is quite central, you just need to step outside to start enjoying some Bordeaux specialities! 

It’s really easy to get to the city centre, the tram (Line C) and bus (Lines 1+, 9, 10 and 11) will take you wherever you want in the city. Take tram line A if you to get to nearby international airport, Bordeaux-Mérignac.  

While you’re here, enjoy a stroll on the banks of the Garonne, take a picture of the Pont de Pierre and take a round trip to Alsace and Lorraine to visit the Grand-Place, where you’ll have the opportunity to admire the Saint-André Cathedral and enjoy the terraces. 

About Estelle 

Estelle, a former Trainline employee, chose to share their experience of the journey between Paris and Bordeaux. The information for this article was recorded first-hand, based on her own genuine experience of the journey. 

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