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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 44m to travel from Paris to Poitiers by train, over a distance of around 183 miles (294 km). There are normally 19 trains per day travelling from Paris to Poitiers and tickets for this journey start from €15 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 23m
Price€15 - €106.80
Distance183 miles (294 km)
Frequency19 trains per day
Departure stationParis
Arrival stationPoitiers
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsOUIGO, SNCF, Flixbus, BlaBlaBus

Paris to Poitiers train times

Check out the next trains departing from Paris to Poitiers for Monday 28th Sep 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
16:03 Paris Montparnasse17:28 PoitiersTGV INOUI 8449 SNCF Get tickets1h 25m, direct
16:26 Paris Montparnasse18:40 PoitiersTGV INOUI 8313 SNCF Get tickets2h 14m, 1 change
17:05 Paris Montparnasse18:45 PoitiersTGV INOUI 8291 SNCF Get tickets1h 40m, direct
17:26 Paris Montparnasse19:15 PoitiersTGV INOUI 8355 SNCF Get tickets1h 49m, direct
18:22 Paris Montparnasse19:45 PoitiersTGV INOUI 8391 SNCF Get tickets1h 23m, direct
18:26 Paris Montparnasse20:28 PoitiersTGV INOUI 8345 SNCF Get tickets2h 02m, direct
18:56 Paris Montparnasse20:40 PoitiersTGV INOUI 8453 SNCF Get tickets1h 44m, 1 change
19:22 Paris Montparnasse20:45 PoitiersTGV INOUI 8393 SNCF Get tickets1h 23m, direct
20:36 Paris Montparnasse22:33 PoitiersTGV INOUI 8295 SNCF Get tickets1h 57m, direct
05:50 Paris Montparnasse07:42 PoitiersTGV INOUI 8431 SNCF Get tickets1h 52m, direct

TGV, OUIGO, SNCF and Intercités trains from Paris to Poitiers

You can travel from Paris to Poitiers on TGV, OUIGO, SNCF and Intercités 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, 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.

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).

PhotoThierry80, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

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.

Cheap train tickets from Paris to Poitiers

Train tickets from Paris to Poitiers start at €15 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around €66.96.
lowest price found
from15
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price59.43
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price61.25
on the day
avg. single price66.96

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 guide to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap 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 44 minutes, with around 19 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 23 minutes.

How much does the train from Paris to Poitiers cost?

Train tickets from Paris to Poitiers 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.

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 17 direct trains from Paris to Poitiers. 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 05:50. 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 20:36. 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. / Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Paris to Poitiers for a typical week day using timetable data for 28/09/2020. 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 21/09/2020 for travel on 03/10/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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