Paris to Lisbon by train

Prices explained

Prices explained

At Rail Europe we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Rail Europe searches to estimate the cheapest fares you should be able to find for your journey.

The cheapest price is the lowest fare we've ever found for this journey. These prices can usually be found by searching when booking opens but they vary due to availability, which depends on factors like the day of the week or time of year.

More popular journeys include 30 day advance and 7 day advance prices. These are updated every two weeks using prices we've found by searching exactly 7 or 30 days from the most recent Thursday (we picked Thursday because this is when average prices are usually found).

30 day and 7 day prices fluctuate based on demand and availability at the time of search. For example, the 7-day price in summer is likely to be more expensive than the same journey in winter.

Prices are sourced in GBP and converted to other currencies using the daily market exchange rate.

We're always seeking to improve how price-checking works, and we welcome feedback on how we can make it better.

More advice about how to find the cheapest tickets can be found in our infographic.

  1. Cheapest Price $196.37
  2. 30 day advance $142.56
  3. 7 day advance $150.95
  • First train
  • Last train
  • Avg changes
  • Fastest journey
    18hr 38m
  • Distance
    1,456 kilometres
  • Trains per day
  • Avg. journey time
    22hr 24m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Paris to Lisbon by train

Fast trains from Paris to Lisbon take around 18 hours and 38 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 1,456 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Paris and Lisbon.

1. Are there direct trains from Paris to Lisbon?

Journeys between Paris and Lisbon usually involve one change of train.

We usually find around 16 departures on the route from Paris to Lisbon every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.

Trains are typically more frequent on weekends, when we found around 18 departures.

2. How long is the train journey from Paris to Lisbon?

The Paris to Lisbon train travel time is normally about 18 hours and 38 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

3. What are the Paris to Lisbon train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest train to Lisbon is usually scheduled to depart Paris around 07:11 and the last train is around 19:07. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Paris around 06:47, and the last at 18:07.

What's the Paris to Lisbon train price?

The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Paris to Lisbon are $196.37.

Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $142 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $150. 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 Paris to Lisbon train tickets?

Trains for this journey usually open for booking around 4 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 Paris to Lisbon by train.

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Which train companies operate between Paris and Lisbon?

More than one train company operates on the route from Paris to Lisbon, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:

  • TGV
  • Trenhotel

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

Lisbon to Paris by train

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TGV & Trenhotel

The Sud Expresso used to run right through from Paris to Lisbon. But with the introduction of high-speed trains in France, the night train now starts at Irun on the Spanish border. So you'll speed from Paris to Irun on a comfortable TGV, to reach the Spanish border by early evening - just in time to connect at Irun onto the Sud Expresso (also sometimes called SUREX) night train which runs overnight to Lisbon. Leave Paris just after midday, and your TGV will connect with the onward night train.

If you are making this journey from Portugal towards Irun, note that the night train from Lisbon continues beyond Irun over the border bridge to terminate at Hendaye, the first station in France. A high-speed TGV service departs for Paris just over 1 hr after the overnight train from Lisbon pulls into Hendaye.

One alternative favoured by many travellers is to break the journey in Spain. Travel from Paris to Barcelona and then continue at your leisure via Madrid to Lisbon. But bear in mind that the only direct trains from Madrid to Lisbon are overnight services. The Madrid to Lisbon hotel train is called the Lusitania. It departs from both the Spanish and Portuguese capitals just after nine in the evening.

Paris to Irun

The TGV high-speed train from Paris to Irun departs from Paris Montparnasse station. The journey starts with a very fast non-stop run from Paris to Bordeaux. Thereafter the pace slows. 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.

After the last stop in France at Hendaye, the train crosses the border into Spain to terminate in Irun, the first station in Spain. Additional train services run from Paris to Hendaye, from where a frequent light-rail service (part of the Basque Metro Donostialdea network) makes the four-minute journey across the bridge to Irun.

Irun to Lisbon (night train)

The overnight train from Irun to Lisbon is a useful option for travellers heading to the Portuguese capital from Paris, London or many other cities in France, the Low Countries, Germany and Switzerland. Transfer at Irun from the French TGV onto the Trenhotel service is quick and simple. On arrival in Lisbon, the train stops first at Lisbon Oriente and then ten minutes later at Lisbon Santa Apolónia. The latter is more convenient for the heart of the old city.

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.