Working out the best way to get from Paris to Valenciennes? Consider taking the train. Not only is it a lot more relaxing than facing the drive, but it’s also the more eco-friendly travel option. Take the high-speed TGV service by SNCF and you’ll be transported over to Valenciennes in under two hours.
SNCF’s direct trains are equipped with all you need for an uber-comfy journey, including a food carriage, folding tables and power sockets. Keep yourself entertained using the free WiFi or treat yourself to First Class and get wider seats, plus more flexible train tickets.
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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.
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 Valenciennes 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 Valenciennes is 2 hours and 41 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Paris to Valenciennes is 1 hour and 43 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Paris to Valenciennes can start from as little as €15 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 Valenciennes without having to change trains. There are 5 direct trains from Paris to Valenciennes each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Paris to Valenciennes leaves at 06:46. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Paris to Valenciennes leaves at 22:28. 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 Valenciennes cover a distance of around 117 miles (188 km) during the journey.