How to buy tickets, what's on board the trains, how to use the stations, plus tips for making the most of the journey
Note that these trains depart from the Gare De Lyon in Paris.
Up to three additional trains per day depart in the summer.
Final Destination: Beziers or Perpignan or Barcelone
Most trains also call at: Nimes and Montpellier-St Roch
The fastest trains from Paris to Beziers now take an extension of the high speed line, which by-passes Nimes and Montpellier.
As a result around 15 mins have been shaved off the journey time if you take these trains, providing Beziers with its fastest ever trains from Paris.
Some trains also call at: Sète
Mon - Thurs: 6 x trains per day
Friday: 7 x trains
Saturday: 7 x trains
Sunday: 5 x trains
Book early and save: Yes
Online bookings usually open: up to 6 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 these TGV trains.
The price is dictated by demand per departure, so book ahead and try and be flexible re: your departure and arrival times, as trains leaving earlier or later can be cheaper.
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, as the most heavily discounted tickets inevitably sell out faster at times of particularly high demand. .
|Ticket Provider||Approximate Cost|
|SNCF Connect||from €55|
|Download the SNCF Connect App||from €55|
|Save A Train||from €55|
|Happy rail||from €55|
|Rail Europe||from €55|
For most of the train journey from Paris to Beziers, the part of the trip between Paris and Nimes, you should be travelling at more than 270 km/h on the high speed lines.
This is not an outstandingly scenic journey, but the views from the windows pick up to the north of Nimes, as the train travels through Provence.
Though this is train journey, which saves the best to last!
The journey between Sete and Béziers is unusual because they are often simultaneous views over the Bassin de Thau salt-water lake from the right of the train; while The Mediterranean Sea can be simultaneously seen on the left hand side.
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