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Travelling by 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 2h 14m, but can take just 2h 3m on the fastest services. You'll be travelling direct on this route with either SNCF 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 320 km/h (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 SNCF service running on this route 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.

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 money-saving tips and FAQs.

Paris to Bordeaux by train

It takes an average of 2h 36m 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 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 3m
PriceFrom €16
Distance310 miles (499 km)
Frequency20 trains per day
First train06:37
Last train21:45
Departure stationParis
Arrival stationBordeaux
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsOUIGO, Euroscoach By Cm Tours, BlaBlaCar Bus, SNCF, Flixbus, Inter 2000, ALSA

Paris to Bordeaux train times

Check out the next trains departing from Paris to Bordeaux for Tuesday 12th July 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
09:15 11:24 2h 9m, direct
10:11 12:14 2h 3m, direct
11:11 13:14 2h 3m, direct
11:37 14:14 2h 37m, direct
12:30 15:07 2h 37m, direct
13:06 15:14 2h 8m, direct
14:11 16:14 2h 3m, direct
15:11 17:14 2h 3m, direct
16:11 18:14 2h 3m, direct
17:11 19:14 2h 3m, 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).

Cheap train tickets from Paris to Bordeaux

The price of train tickets from Paris to Bordeaux starts at €16 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.

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 36 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 3 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 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 19 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 06:37. 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 21:45. 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.

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Paris to Bordeaux on a high-speed TGV train

Review by Estelle Van de Velde

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, 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. 

 

About Estelle 

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. 

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Average savings on fares booked prior to day of travel vs full price fares on day of travel in France. Subject to availability. Excludes coach. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Paris to Bordeaux for a typical week day using timetable data for 07/12/2022. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 09/19/2022 for travel on 09/19/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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