Paris to Bayonne by train

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From Paris Montparnasse to Bayonne

Journey Summary

Travel Time
3hr 54min - 3hr 59min
Frequency
Daily
Travel Information

Note that these trains to Bayonne depart from the Gare-Montparnasse in Paris.

Final Destination: Hendaye or Irun

All Trains Also Call At: Bordeaux

This journey is an opportunity to experience the best of French high speed rail travel - you'll be travelling on the latest version of the TGV train on the newest high speed line in France.

These trains comprise the fastest ever Paris - Bayonne service because they use the full length of the new LGV Sud Europe Atlantique high speed line, so they are non-stop between Paris and Bordeaux.

Mon-Thurs = 5 x trains
Friday = 7 x trains
Saturday = 4 x trains
Sunday = 6 x trains

Tickets

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.

If tickets aren't on sale yet for your travel date, you can sign up to the ticket availability notification service on SNCF Connect.

Trains departing at different times can be cheaper than others leaving on the same day, so you may need to look through the day's departures to find the cheapest fares.

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.

Seats will automatically be assigned when booking tickets for this journey.

Rail Pass Users:

If you will be travelling with an InterRail or Eurail pass, you will have to pay a reservation fee prior to boarding -more info is available on our guide to using rail passes in France.

The €10 rail pass reservations tend to sell out particularly quickly for this journey on Fridays-Sundays in the summer months.
However, there are no viable alternatives for avoiding these TGV trains on this route.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
SNCF Connect from €35

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

Trainline from €35

Trainline Guide

Download the SNCF Connect App from €35
Save A Train from €35

Save A Train Guide

Happy rail from €35

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.

Rail Europe from €35

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - NoNot High Speed

Good to Know

Two TGV trains will be usually be joined together for the part of the journey between Paris and Bordeaux, the coach number on your ticket will  be for a coach in the part of the train heading to Bayonne

Also don't be surprised to see a train, heading to a destination other than Hendaye/Irun, departing at the same time AND from the same voie (platform/track) as your train.

This will be the destination of the other TGV train that will be attached to the train heading to Hendaye/Irun; that will be calling at Bayonne.

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This is a journey of two distinct parts.
Between Paris and Bordeaux the train will spend around 2hr 15mins travelling at more than 280 km/h on the extended high speed line
There isn't a high speed line between Bordeaux and Bayonne, so the train will be on conventional tracks for the remainder of the journey.

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