Travel by train from Paris to Tours and arrive in around 1h 52m, or just 1h 8m on the fastest direct TGV INOUI high-speed trains. There are around 19 trains per day running from Paris to Tours, 8 of which are direct.
You’ll be travelling on a high-speed TGV INOUI trains, capable of speeds of up to 200 mph, so the journey doesn’t take long. During that time you can relax in comfortable seating, enjoy free WiFi and snacks and drinks from the bar carriage.
Once you arrive into Tours, the station is centrally located in this university town so you can start exploring straight away. It’s just a 20-minute stroll from the station to Colmar’s beautiful Place Plumereau, where you can sit and relax with a glass of wine.
Ready to book? Start a search for times and tickets in our Journey Planner at the top of the page or keep reading for FAQs about the trip from Paris to Tours by train.
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 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.
TER (Transport Express Régional) trains are the regional service from SNCF that allow you to make trips to nearby towns and villages located within the same region. With 20 regions in France, TER trains are ideal for travelling to destinations not covered by high-speed services, although ticket prices vary between each region. TER trains have dedicated spaces for bicycles and allow animals on board. Not all TER trains include a First Class carriage.
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).
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 Tours 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 Tours is 1 hour and 13 minutes, with around 15 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 Tours is 1 hour and 8 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Paris to Tours can start from as little as €10 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Paris to Tours without having to change trains. There are 6 direct trains from Paris to Tours each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Paris to Tours leaves at 06:02. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Paris to Tours 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.
Trains travelling from Paris to Tours cover a distance of around 127 miles (204 km) during the journey.