By Train from London (United Kingdom) to Poitiers (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 Poitiers (France)

Poitiers Centre
Journey Time
from 6hr 34min

up to 3 x connections per day

Changing trains in: Lille

When travelling from London to Poitiers by train, this route via Lille, avoids the need to make the particularly awkward transfer across Paris.

If you take the faster and more frequent alternative route via Paris,  you'll have to make your own wat from the Gare Du Nord, where the Eurostars will arrive, to Gare Montparnasse, from where the TGVs on to Poitiers depart.

However, if you do opt to travel this way via Lille, be aware of the following;

Take the 06:47 (Tues-Thurs only) Eurostar from St Pancras International and you will have 50-55 minutes to make the connection in Lille.
The train on to Bordeaux via Poitiers is usually scheduled to depart at 10:20

Or depart London daily at 10:58 daily and you will have around 1hr 20mins to make the connection in Lille into a train which is usually scheduled to depart at 14:48

Or 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.

The Eurostar trains will arrive at Lille Europe station, but these TGVs to Poitiers depart from Lille Flandres station.

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

Train 1

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

Close this info panel  

Train 2

  • Depart: Lille (France)
  • Arrive: Poitiers (France)
  • Journey time: 3hr 16min - 3hr 45min

Close this info panel  

Ticket information

Close this info panel