Fastest journey2hr 4m
It is easy to travel by train from Paris to Bordeaux, with departures at least hourly on this key route across western France. The route is served by SNCF’s sleek TGVs, but until recently only the first part of the journey was on a modern high-speed railway line. That changed in July 2017 when a new fast line opened from Tours to Bordeaux. So now you can dash from Paris to Bordeaux in just over two hours. The ride takes in some very rural landscapes as well as skirting fine regional cities like Poitiers and Angoulême.
Bookings for the journey from Paris 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 journey as long as four months in advance. It pays to book early if you are keen to get the best fares.
Paris to Bordeaux
Every day of the week, about a score of high-speed TGVs leave Paris for Bordeaux. The departure station in Paris is Montparnasse, and these services all run to Saint-Jean station in the heart of Bordeaux. This is 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 non-stop trains stick to a new high-speed line (just opened in July 2017) south through the Poitou-Charentes region towards Bordeaux.
The fastest trains from Paris to Bordeaux run non-stop and take a shade over two hours for the 570-kilometre journey. Slower services, making up to five stops along the way, may take up to three hours.
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