Paris to Le Mans by train



From Paris Montparnasse to Le Mans

Journey Summary

Travel Time
54min - 55min
Travel Information

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

Final Destination: Le Mans or Rennes or Nantes or Brest, or Quimper, or Le Croisic

*A mix of the new TGV Oceane and the older TGV Atlantique trains are used for these Paris to Le Mans high speed services, but here's a guide to how you can confirm which type of TGV train you will be travelling by.

There are now also three low-cost Ouigo train services per day from Paris to Le Mans, there are scheduled to depart at 08:24; 14:24 and 15:15.

Those Ouigo services are more basic than these InOui trains, though they won't particularly matter for this comparatively short journey.
What will impact on the journey if you take those Ouigio services, is the need to 'check-in' prior to departure, which makes the total journey time around 30mins slower.

Mon -Thurs = 11 x trains per day
Friday = 16 x trains
Sat / Sun = 9 x trains per day


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:

  1. Up until two days prior to departure, these types of tickets can be refunded for no additional charge (big tick), but a €15 fee will be payable for making a refund in the two days prior to departure.
  2. It's also possible to exchange tickets to an alternative departure on the same journey, but you will have to pay any difference in price between the cost you paid and the cost at the time of the exchange.

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 pe

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
SNCF Connect from €24

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 €24

Trainline Guide

Download the SNCF Connect App from €24
Save A Train from €24

Save A Train Guide

Rail Europe from €24

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - NoHigh Speed (total journey)

Good to Know

There are also alternative much slower TER trains between Paris and Le Mans, they have a journey time of at least 2hr 15mins.

They're also much less frequent than these TGV trains and are generally no cheaper, unless you will be booking last minute at the station.

Though rail pass users, prepared to put up with the longer journey time, can avoid the reservation fees charged on the TGVs by taking those TER trains.

These TGVS are all non -stop between Paris and Le Mans and they also use the LGV Bretagne-Pays de la Loire - the  new extension of the older high speed line.

Meaning that the trains from Paris to Le Mans are faster than they've ever been before.

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