Final Destination: Nantes
All trains also call at: Le Mans
Mon to Fri: 2 x trains per day
Saturday: 3 x trains
Sunday: 2 x trains
These direct trains from Lille to Angers (and on to Nantes ) are usually scheduled to depart from Lille at:
07:52 on Saturday (from Lille Europe)
09:32 daily (from Lille Flandres)
17:39 daily (from Lille Europe)
...so target these times when looking up this journey
Book early and save: Yes
Online bookings usually open: up to 6 months ahead of the travel date.
When booking 2nd class tickets only one type of ticket will be available per departure, discounted 'Prems' tickets or 'Seconde' tickets; though the price of Seconde tickets are also typically cheaper when they are first placed on sale.
When booking 1st class tickets there will be a choice of Premiere tickets and Business Premiere tickets.
The two key T&Cs of booking Prems, Seconde, or Premiere tickets are:
Though if you book Business Premiere tickets, the key T&Cs are that tickets can be exchanged and refunded free of charge up to 30 minutes after departure, so if you get to the station just too late to miss the train you were originally booked on to, you won't lose out financially.
Seats will automatically be assigned when booking tickets for this journey, but rail pass users will need to be pay a reservation fee prior to boarding these TGV trains.
The price is dictated by demand per departure, so book ahead and try and be flexible re: your departure and arrival times, as trains leaving earlier or later can be cheaper.
Expect to pay more for this journey between the beginning of June and mid-September, particularly if you will be travelling on a Friday or Saturday, as the most heavily discounted tickets inevitably sell out faster at times of particularly high demand.
|Ticket Provider||Approximate Cost|
|SNCF Connect||from €25|
|Download the SNCF Connect App||from €25|
|Save A Train||from €25|
|Happy rail||from €25|
For the part of the journey between Lille and Le Mans, some of these trains heading to Nantes via Angers will be attached to another TGV train heading to Rennes.
You won't have to be concerned about travelling in the right part of the train, as your assigned seats(s) will be in the part of the train heading to Angers; and on to Nantes.
This is a journey of four distinct phases:
(1) The train will travel at up to 280 km/h as it races south on the high speed line to the edge of Paris
(2) It will then slow down for more than 20 mins as it weaves away through the city's southern suburbs.
(3) It will once again travel on a high speed line between Massy and Le Mans
(4) The final part of the journey between Le Mans and Angers is the prettiest, but it's not a particularly scenic journey, so having something to read or watch with you is recommended.
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