Fastest journey4hr 34m
It is easy to travel by train from Lille to Bordeaux. Four direct trains each day serve this route and, if you do not mind a change of trains along the way, there are additional options via Paris (where a change of stations is required from the Gare du Nord to Montparnasse). The direct trains from Lille to Bordeaux slip round the east side of Paris and then traverse the city’s southern suburbs to reach the main line from Paris to Bordeaux.
The journey starts with an impressive high-speed dash south through Picardie and around the edge of Paris. Beyond the Loire the pace slows, as the train serves intermediate stations as it cruises south through the Poitou-Charentes region towards Bordeaux.
Bookings for the journey from Lille to Bordeaux normally open three months prior to the date of travel. However, at certain times of the year, Loco2 may be able to sell tickets for this route as long as four months in advance. It pays to book early if you are keen to get the best fares.
Lille to Bordeaux
Four direct TGVs leave Lille each day for Bordeaux. The early morning train on this route leave from Lille Europe station, while all later departures are normally from Lille Flandres. The journey time on this route was much reduced in July 2017 with the opening of new high-speed lines in western France. Trains now take five hours or less to reach Bordeaux, with the number of intermediate stops varying from six to nine. Although the journey is largely through flatter regions of France, there is much of visual interest beyond the carriage window. There are wartime graveyards around the River Somme, some eye-catching glimpses of communities in the Parisian hinterland and a memorable crossing of the River Loire.
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