Fastest journey5hr 42m
It is easy to travel by train from Paris to Hendaye, with three to five direct departures each day on this key route across western France to the Spanish border. If the timings of the direct daytime trains don’t suit your schedule, there are additional options from Paris to Hendaye requiring one change of train along the way, usually at Bordeaux or Dax. On some nights, there is also an overnight train which runs direct from Paris to Hendaye.
The daytime direct services are operated by SNCF’s sleek TGVs. The journey starts with an impressive high-speed dash, with most trains covering the first 218 km in less than an hour. Thereafter the pace slows, as the train follows traditional railway lines south through the Poitou-Charentes region towards Aquitaine.
Bookings for the journey from Paris to Hendaye 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. Book early for the best fares.
Paris to Hendaye
Direct TGVs to Hendaye depart from Paris Montparnasse station. Once beyond Bordeaux the train traverses the forested landscapes of Landes, eventually reaching the Atlantic coast at Biarritz. There are occasional glimpses of the sea (to the right) in the final 20 minutes of the journey to Hendaye. The direct trains from Paris to Hendaye all take under six hours for the journey of over 800 kilometres. These services run non-stop to Bordeaux and then make four additional stops between Bordeaux and Hendaye.
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