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There are two options for trains from Paris to Narbonne. Take a high-speed TGV during the day, or travel overnight on an Intercités de Nuit train.
Getting by train from Paris to Narbonne is very easy. Direct TGV services speed from Paris to Narbonne in well under 5 hours. Sit back and relax as France slides by beyond the window. To see the best of the coastal landscapes between Montpellier and Narbonne, choose a seat on the left side of the train. Some services on this route are TGV Duplex trains where a seat on the upper deck will assure better views.
Bookings generally open 3 months before departure. Book early for the cheapest tickets.
An alternative, yet much slower, route from Paris to Narbonne runs from Paris Austerlitz. There are 2 departures daily, an Intercité train in the morning and then an overnight service in the late evening.
Paris to Narbonne
The high-speed TGV train from Paris to Narbonne takes just 4 hrs 30 mins. There are about 6 TGV trains daily, generally leaving Paris Lyon at about 2-hr intervals. These TGV (or double-decker TGV Duplex) trains speed south from Paris, skirting Burgundy and the Rhône Valley, then running west along the coast beyond Montpellier. The fastest trains make just 2 stops en route – at Nîmes and Montpellier.
Previously known as the Lunéa, a direct Intercités de Nuit train from Paris to Narbonne takes you overnight to the south of France on most days of the week. It's a smart way to save time on the journey from Paris to Narbonne.
As a daytime equivalent there is also a slowish Intercité train running on the Paris Austerlitz to Narbonne route. Yet daytime passengers might prefer the alternative high-speed TGV link from Paris Lyon to Narbonne that will get them to the south in 4 hrs 30 mins.
Tickets for both the daytime Intercité train and the Intercités de Nuit night train become available three months in advance. Booking early gets you the best price.
Paris to Narbonne (night train)
The Intercités de Nuit night train from Paris Austerlitz departs in the evening, arriving in Narbonne at dawn the following morning. The train runs via Limoges and Toulouse. The seated accommodation is adequate for those who can sleep easily in any situation but most travellers value the extra comfort that comes with a couchette.
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