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Travelling by train from Paris to Poitiers

Leave your car behind and take the train from Paris to Poitiers instead – you’ll do good for the environment, plus you’ll avoid traffic jams and parking.

The City of Lights, Paris is a wonderful, romantic place with so much to offer, and it's also nicely poised for trips all around France to many of the nation's other cities and towns, like Poitiers. Super speedy TGV services, as well as OUIGO and Intercités trains can take you from Paris to Poitiers in an hour and a half.

Considered one of western France's hidden gems, Poitiers is a stunning, historic city with a lot of charm and personality. The city's Eglise Notre Dame la Grande church is simply breathtaking, while the Palace of Poitiers is a shining example of French architecture at its finest.

Sound tempting?Keep scrolling down for more details, including train times, ticket prices and FAQs.

Paris to Poitiers by train

It takes an average of 1h 41m to travel from Paris to Poitiers by train, over a distance of around 183 miles (294 km). There are normally 14 trains per day travelling from Paris to Poitiers and tickets for this journey start from €4 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 16m
PriceFrom €4
Distance183 miles (294 km)
Frequency14 trains per day
First train06:53
Last train21:01
Departure stationParis
Arrival stationPoitiers
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsOUIGO, BlaBlaCar Bus, SNCF, Flixbus, ALSA

Paris to Poitiers train times

Check out the next trains departing from Paris to Poitiers for Tuesday 14th December 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
07:10 09:40 2h 30m, direct
08:15 09:50 1h 35m, direct
09:06 10:40 1h 34m, direct
11:31 13:43 2h 12m, direct
13:19 14:54 1h 35m, direct
15:06 16:25 1h 19m, direct
15:31 17:40 2h 9m, 1 change
16:06 17:45 1h 39m, direct
16:31 18:19 1h 48m, direct
17:27 18:45 1h 18m, direct

TGV, OUIGO and SNCF trains from Paris to Poitiers

You can travel from Paris to Poitiers 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 Poitiers

The price of train tickets from Paris to Poitiers starts at €4 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 Poitiers 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 Poitiers? 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 Poitiers take?

The average journey time by train between Paris and Poitiers is 1 hour and 41 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.

What's the fastest journey time between Paris and Poitiers by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Paris to Poitiers is 1 hour and 16 minutes.

How much does the train from Paris to Poitiers cost?

Train ticket prices from Paris to Poitiers can start from as little as €4 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 Poitiers?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Paris to Poitiers without having to change trains. There are 13 direct trains from Paris to Poitiers 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 Poitiers leave?

The first train from Paris to Poitiers leaves at 06:53. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Paris to Poitiers leaves at 21:01. 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 Poitiers by train?

Trains travelling from Paris to Poitiers cover a distance of around 183 miles (294 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Poitiers to Paris. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Paris to Poitiers.
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 Poitiers for a typical week day using timetable data for 12/14/2021. 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 10/01/2021 for travel on 10/01/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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