By Train from London (United Kingdom) to Angers (France) - Option 2: connect in Lille and avoid the need to transfer between stations in Paris

Journey Summary

Depart London (United Kingdom)

London St Pancras International

Arrive Angers (France)

Angers-Saint Laud
Journey Time
(7hr 23min)

1 x 'connection' per day

The late morning train from Lille to Angers used to have a well-timed connection with a Eurostar from London, but it now leaves Lille at 09:43 - only 17 minutes before a train from London (06:47/06:57 on Monday to Saturdays) is due to arrive.

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.
This also applies to taking the 15:04 Eurostar from London as it also arrives in Lille only 13 minutes before a train to Angers will be departing

The other possibility for making a London to Angers 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 Angers journeys.

Though if you opt to do so, in the unlikely event of the Eurostar not arriving in Lille in time to make the connection, you will have to re-book (paying the full price) for the Lille to Angers journey.
However, the connecting time of two hours makes that a very unlikely scenario.

Changing trains in: Lille

Making the connection between the Eurostar from London and the TGV to Angers at Lille Europe, has the major advantage of avoiding the need to make the particularly awkward transfer between the Gare Du Nord and Gare Montparnasse stations - if you take the alternative route via Paris.

This guide explains how to make the 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: Angers (France)
  • Journey time: 3hr 15min - 3hr 35min (approx)

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Ticket information

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