How to take the train from Paris to Bordeaux

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Paris to Bordeaux by train

Back in 2017 the network of high speed lines in western France was extended creating a high speed route from the centre of Paris to the outskirts of Bordeaux.
Therefore the fastest ever trains between the two cities race non-stop down the new route.

Though the towns such as Poitiers and Angouleme which the new stretch of high speed line by passes, couldn't be deprived of direct trains from Paris, so some trains still take the older route and are therefore only at high speed for around a third of the journey; while others diverge further along the new route to serve just one or two additional towns.

Both the longer route, which doesn't solely involve the high speed line and the newer direct route are both taken by regular TGV InOui services and low-cost, but more basic, Ouigo services
So it's particularly worthwhile to click on the Train Guides below so that you can compare the two train services.

So when taking the train from Paris to Bordeaux, what may not be obvious when looking up the journey with the ticket agents is that thee are four groups of train services:

1: Taking the faster non-stop route, on a TGV InOui service (option 1 below)
2. Taking that faster route on a Ouigo service (option 3 below)
2. Taking the slower TGV InOui services (option 2 below)
3. Taking the slower Ouigo services (option 3 below)

Routes you can take to go from Paris to Bordeaux

When travelling between most cities by train there is only one logical option, though on other journeys there is a choice between different trains or alternative routes. If different options are available you can use the info to decide which is best for you.

Choose one of the following options:
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Route Information

Option 1: the non-stop regular InOui services
Travel Time (approx)

2hr 11min - 2hr 16 min



Travel Info

Mon-Thurs = 12 x trains per day
Friday = 15 x trains
Saturday = 10 x trains
Sunday = 8 x trains

Route Information

Option 2: These slower InOui services can be cheaper than the non-stop trains
Travel Time (approx)

2hr 51min - 3hr 36min



Travel Info

Mon-Fri = 10 x trains per day
Saturday = 7 x trains
Sunday = 9 x trains

Route Information

Option 3: Cheapest of all are these more basic Ouigo services
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