Final Destination: Bordeaux
All trains also call at: St Pierre des Corps (for Tours); Poitiers and Angouleme
The first departure of the day usually departs from Lille Europe station, typically at 07:03.
It is the second train of the day which leaves from Lille Flandres station, from where it typically departs at 17:16.
2 x trains per day
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.
|Ticket Provider||Approximate Cost|
|SNCF Connect||from €37|
|Download the SNCF Connect App||from €37|
|Save A Train||from €37|
|Happy rail||from €37|
Take care when comparing the journey by these TGV InOui services, with travelling by the lower cost, but more basic, Ouigo services.
The Ouigo services don't depart from a station in Lille, as their departure point is in Tourcoing, which is an entirely separate town.
It is a 24 stop ride on the Lille Metro from Grand Palais in central Lille to Sebastapol, which is the the closest Metro stop to the main rail station in Tourcoing.
This is a journey of four distinct phases, though it's not particularly scenic, so having something to read or watch with you is recommended.
(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 Poitiers
(4) For the final part of the journey between Poitiers and Bordeaux, the train comes off the newly extended high speed line, because it calls at Angouleme.
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