By Train from London (United Kingdom) to Bordeaux (France) - Option 1: via Lille, avoiding the transfer between stations across Paris

Journey Summary

Depart London (United Kingdom)

London St Pancras International

Arrive Bordeaux (France)

Bordeaux Saint-Jean
Journey Time
8hr 3min

1 x 'connection' per day

Changing trains in: Lille

When travelling from London to Bordeaux by train, this route via Lille, avoids the need to make the particularly awkward transfer between stations if you take the alternative route via Paris.

If you travel via Paris you'll need to make your own way from the Gare Du Nord, where the Eurostars will arrive, to Gare Montparnasse, from where the TGVs on to Bordeaux depart.

However, this journey option via Lille isn't without complications.

Take the 12:58 daily Eurostar from London and you will have around 1hr 45mins to make the connection into a train which is usually scheduled to depart from Lille at 17:16.

Because of this lengthy transfer time, the ticket agents won't offer tickets for this end-to-end journey from London to Poitiers via Lille online.
So separate bookings will be required for the London to Lille and Lille to Bordeaux journeys.

The Eurostar train will arrive at Lille Europe station, BUT the TGV on to Bordeaux will depart from Lille Flandres station at 17:16.

The info on how to make this transfer in Lille is available HERE;  it’s a choice between a 5 – 10min walk, or a one station hop on the Lille metro.

This routing is much slower than the fastest connections via Paris for two reasons - that long transfer time and because the TGV from Lille to Bordeaux doesn’t use the new extension of the high speed line.

It only takes the shorter high speed line as far as St Pierre des Corps and then travels on the older non high speed route via Poitiers.

Train 1

  • Depart: London (United Kingdom)
  • Arrive: Lille (France)
  • Journey time: 1hr 22min - 1hr 43min

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Train 2

  • Depart: Lille (France)
  • Arrive: Bordeaux (France)
  • Journey time: 4hr 46 min - 5hr 50min (approx)

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Ticket information

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