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Lille to Montpellier by train

How to take the rail journey from Lille to Montpellier

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From Lille Europe to Montpellier St-Roch

Travel Information

Final Destination: Montpellier or (Perpignan)

On the current timetable the trains which typically depart daily at 11:03 and on Thursday, Friday and Sunday at 16:02 arrive at Montpellier Sud-de-France station and not at the main city center station, Montpellier-St Roch; though if you click on the station guide you can discover how to travel from Sud-de-France to St-Roch and on to the city center.

All trains also call at: Valence TGV and Nimes

To Montpellier-St Roch:
2 x trains per day

Tickets

These TGV InOui trains from Lille to the main city center station, Montpellier St. Roch, are usually scheduled to depart from Lille Europe daily at 09:03 and 17:03, so target these departure times when looking up this journey.

Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings usually open: 4 months ahead of the travel date - but bookings can open sooner when SNCF is running a promotion.

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:

  1. Up until two days prior to departure, these types of tickets can be refunded for no additional charge (big tick), but a €15 fee will be payable for making a refund in the two days prior to departure.
  2. It's also possible to exchange tickets to an alternative departure on the same journey, but you will have to pay any difference in price between the cost you paid and the cost at the time of the exchange.

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.

Seat reservations:

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.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
SNCF Connect from €39

SNCF Connect Guide

SNCF is the national rail operator in France and not so long ago it recently simplified both the range of tickets and the term and conditions of using them.
Therefore the cheapest tickets also become more flexible too.

Other improvements included a simple integration of travelling with bicycles and rail pass users being able to book reservations for national journeys, without paying booking fees.

And it also recently launched SNCF Connect as replacement for its Oui.SNCF booking service.
You can set up a low price alert to let you know when the cheapest price is available for a future journey.

Something else to look out for is that simplest way of travelling with tickets is to use the SNCF Connect App, as booked tickets can therefore be stored on your mobile device, which can then be shown to the train conductors as proof of purchase.

SNCF Connect on Google Play

SNCF Connect in the App (Apple) store

SNCF also operates RailEurope, which is in effect a dedicated online booking service for making bookings from outside of Europe.
If you reside outside of Europe you may discover that SNCF Connect rejects phone numbers or card numbers, but RailEurope won't do so.
Though RailEurope will add booking fees when making a purchase

Download the SNCF Connect App from €39
Save A Train from €39

Save A Train Guide

Happy rail from €39

Happy rail Guide

Happy Rail is a Netherlands rail ticket agency which sells tickets for both national and international journeys within a range of countries including Belgium France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland.

HappyRail doesn't charge booking fees in the conventional sense, but if you're not Dutch you can expect to pay additional transaction fees, which will be added to the total cost.
That's because the most common form of online payment used in The Netherlands is 'iDEAL' and HappyRail doesn't charge a transaction fee for 'iDEAL' payments, but only Dutch residents can sign up to 'iDEAL'.
Other forms of payment include Visa debit cards will incur a fee.

Trainline from €39

Trainline Guide

On this journey

Good to Know

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.

Aside from the detour to serve Lyon station, these trains spend the part of the journey between Lille and Nimes travelling on a high speed line, but it is primarily the speed that gives this journey its wow factor.

It's not a particularly scenic train ride, so having something to watch or read with you is recommended.

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