By Train from London (United Kingdom) to Rennes (France) - Option 1: avoid the need to transfer between stations in Paris, by connecting in Lille

Journey Summary

Depart London (United Kingdom)

London St Pancras International

Arrive Rennes (France)

Journey Time
(7hr 19min)

The late morning train from Lille to Rennes used to have a well-timed connection with a Eurostar from London, but it now leaves Lille at 11:25 - only two minutes before a train to London is due to arrive!

The 15:04 Eurostar from London  arrives in Lille only 13 minutes before a train to Rennes will be departing at 17:39.
This is evidently a connection that's too tightly timed for the ticket agents to offer this combination of trains as an end-to-end journey.
You could gamble on booking separate tickets for these London to Lille and Lille to Rennes journeys, but in that scenario you will  have to re-book the journey to Rennes if the Eurostar is delayed.

The other possibility for making a London to Rnnes journey via Lille involves taking the Eurostar, which departs London daily at 12:58.
There is a daily TGV from Lille Europe station, which is usually scheduled to depart at 17:39, but the Eurostar from London is due to arrive in Lille at 15:30.

As the waiting time in Lille between trains will be more than two hours, the ticket agents also won't offer this combination of trains.

But if you would prefer to spend just over two hours in Lille than make the transfer between the Gare du Nord and the Gare Montparnasse in Paris, then an option is to book separate tickets for the London to Lille and Lille to Rennes journeys.

The transfer time of two hours means that a missed connection due to a delay, is a very unlikely scenario.

The journey time shown above is for the journey option with the two hour connection in Lille.

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: Rennes (France)
  • Journey time: 3hr 25min - 3hr 35min

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Ticket information

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