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It is easy to travel by train from London to Bordeaux. The route with the biggest choice of departures each day is that via Paris, where an easy change of stations is required from the Gare du Nord to Montparnasse. But if you don’t like the idea of changing stations in Paris, there are alternative routes from London to Bordeaux via either Lille Europe or Marne la Vallée-Chessy – these options may take a little longer but you avoid the cross-city transfer in Paris.
The journey from London to Bordeaux thus normally starts with a high-speed run on Eurostar to Paris. Then you take the Métro to Montparnasse, connecting there onto a French TGV train direct to Bordeaux.
Bookings for the journey from London 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.
London to Paris
Board a Eurostar service from London to Paris. There are upwards of 15 trains to Paris from London each day with departures at least hourly from the beautifully restored station at St Pancras in London. The fastest trains speed to Paris in just 2 hrs 16 mins, with slower services taking up to 20 mins longer to reach the Gare du Nord in Paris. The first part of the journey from London sweeps through Thameside landscapes and rural Kent to reach the Channel Tunnel. Little more than an hour after leaving London you'll already be in northern France, tracking south through Flanders fields towards Paris.
Remember to factor in at least half an hour for Eurostar's airline-style baggage check prior to boarding your train. There is a luggage and body scan and you'll be asked to show your passport. There are no restrictions on taking liquids on board Eurostar trains.
Paris interchange: Paris Nord to Paris Montparnasse
Cross Paris by Métro from Gare du Nord to Gare Montparnasse. To do so, head underground and follow the signs from the Eurostar platform to Métro line 4. Take the Métro in the direction of Porte d'Orléans or Mairie de Montrouge, which will get you straight to Montparnasse Bienvenüe in about 25 minutes. You should note that there's a 700m walk, along a moving walkway and up stairs and escalators, between the Métro at Montparnasse and the mainline station. We recommend allowing at least 45mins for the entire transfer.
If you arrive at Gare du Nord from London, bear in mind that you can buy Paris Métro tickets at the Eurostar terminal at St. Pancras and on board the Eurostar train. Similarly, passengers arriving at the Gare du Nord on Thalys trains from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands can buy Métro tickets on the train (at the Thalys Bar). Although universally referred to as Métro tickets, they are in fact valid on RER trains too.
Paris to Bordeaux
Depending on the day of the week, between 16 and 21 high-speed TGVs leave Paris each day for Bordeaux. The departure station in Paris is Montparnasse, and these services all run to Saint-Jean station in the heart of Bordeaux. The journey starts with an impressive high-speed dash, with most trains covering the first 218 km (to the bridge over the River Loire upstream from Tours) in less than an hour. Thereafter the pace slows, as the train follows traditional railway lines south through the Poitou-Charentes region towards Bordeaux.
The fastest trains from Paris to Bordeaux run non-stop and take just 3 hrs 15 mins for the 570-kilometre journey. Slower services, making up to six stops along the way, may take up to four hours.
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