These direct trains avoid the need to make an awkward transfer between stations in Paris, though it can often be cheaper to travel via the capital.
Final Destination: Nantes
These trains will also call at: Angers
The first train of the day on Monday to Saturday and the first two trains of the day on Monday to Friday commence their journeys at Lyon Perrache station before going on to call at Lyon Part-Dieu station.
4 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.
Though if you are happy to travel via Paris and make the connection* between the Gare De Lyon and the Gare Montparnasse, you can usually save money by taking that route.
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Most of the trains heading to Nantes will be joined to another train heading to Rennes for the journey between Lyon and Le Mans.
Check the coach number on your ticket, your seat will be located in a coach that's heading to Nantes
You may also see on the departure screens a train heading to Rennes leaving at the same time and departing from the same voie/track as this train heading for Nantes.
**Taking the option of making a connection in Paris:
The optimum route is to take Metro Line 14 (direction Olympiades) to Bercy and transfer there to Metro line 6 (direction Charles de Gaulle Etoile).
There are several options for making the transfer from Gare De Lyon to Montparnasse, but this option has 3 advantages:
The train will spend 90% of the journey on high speed lines, the only significant part of the journey that isn't high speed is the comparatively slow passage through the suburbs to the south of Paris.
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