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
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:
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.
|Ticket Provider||Approximate Cost|
|SNCF Connect||from €39|
|Download the SNCF Connect App||from €39|
|Save A Train||from €39|
|Happy rail||from €39|
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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