The average journey time by train between Paris and Bordeaux is 2 hours and 14 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.
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 320 km/h (198 mph). Why not travel in 1ere 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 SNCF train along the Atlantique route (meaning Atlantic, because it runs along the Atlantic Ocean coast of France) is a brand new, ultra-modern TGV Duplex train which features double-decker carriages, comfy seats, fold-down tray tables, two toilets in every car, 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.
Keep reading for all the information you’ll need about the journey from Paris to Bordeaux by train, including times, tickets 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.
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 Paris to Bordeaux 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 and Bordeaux is 2 hours and 23 minutes, with around 12 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 to Bordeaux is 2 hours and 8 minutes.
Train tickets from Paris to Bordeaux 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 to Bordeaux without having to change trains. There are 12 direct trains from Paris to Bordeaux. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Paris to Bordeaux leaves at 06:42. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Paris to Bordeaux leaves at 20:52. 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 to Bordeaux cover a distance of around 310 miles (499 km) during the journey.
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.
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, even to the 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.
Estelle is one of our trusted, hand-picked travel writers. The information for this article was recorded first-hand, based on her own genuine experience of the journey.