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London to Nantes by train
Fastest journey5hr 17m
Trains per day20
Avg. journey time6hr 17m
Travelling from London to Nantes by train
Fast trains from London to Nantes take around 5 hours and 17 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 490 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between London and Nantes.
1. Are there direct trains from London to Nantes?
Journeys between London and Nantes usually involve one change of train.
We usually find around 22 departures on the route from London to Nantes every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.
There are typically fewer departures at weekends, when we found around 19 departures.
2. How long is the train journey from London to Nantes?
The London to Nantes train travel time is normally about 5 hours and 17 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.
3. What are the London to Nantes train times and schedule?
On weekdays the earliest train to Nantes is usually scheduled to depart London around 05:40 and the last train is around 17:31. At weekends the first train of the day leaves London around 06:18, and the last at 17:31.
What's the London to Nantes train price?
The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from London to Nantes are $84.74.
Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $251 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $169. Booking on the day of travel is likely to be more expensive, so it is worth booking in advance if you can to save money.
When to book London to Nantes train tickets?
Trains for this journey usually open for booking around 12 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from London to Nantes by train.
Which train companies operate between London and Nantes?
More than one train company operates on the route from London to Nantes, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:
You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.
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Eurostar & TGV
It is a very easy journey by train from London to Nantes in the lower stretch of the Loire Valley in France. The journey from London to Nantes starts with a high-speed run on Eurostar from London to Paris. Then you take the Métro to Montparnasse, connecting there onto a French TGV train direct to Nantes. That run from Paris relies in part on a new high-speed line which opened in July 2017.
The route with the best choice of departures is that via Paris, where a change of stations is required. There is an alternative to the Paris routing, with usually just one or two itineraries each day, requiring a change of trains at Lille Europe (instead of Paris). That route via Lille gives a remarkably quick journey time of under six hours from London to Nantes.
London to 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 Nantes
High-speed TGVs to Nantes depart from Paris Montparnasse. The fastest trains dash non-stop to Nantes in under two hours - the timing was much improved in July 2017, with the opening of a new stretch of high-speed line. Other trains from Paris to Nantes make up to four stops along the way, and may take as much as two-and-a-half hours for the 390-kilometre journey.
The train follows a modern high-speed line south-west from Paris and then diverges off onto a traditional line for the final stretch to Nantes. These direct trains from Paris all run to the city centre station in Nantes, from where it is just a short walk west to the château and cathedral.
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