Note that these trains to Lourdes depart from the Gare-Montparnasse in Paris.
Final Destination: Tarbes
All Trains Also Call At: Bordeaux
Mon-Thurs = 4 x trains per day
Friday = 5 x trains
Saturday = 4 x trains
Sunday = 3 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.
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.
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 these TGV trains -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.
|Ticket Provider||Approximate Cost|
|SNCF Connect||from €34|
|Download the SNCF Connect App||from €34|
|Save A Train||from €34|
|Happy rail||from €34|
|Rail Europe||from €34|
Two TGV trains will be usually be joined together for the part of the journey between Paris and Dax, the coach number on your ticket will for a coach in the part of the train heading to Lourdes
This journey is an opportunity to experience the best of French high speed rail travel you will 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 - Lourdes service because they use the full length of the new LGV Sud Europe Atlantique high speed line - so are non-stop between Paris and Bordeaux.
Though there isn't a high speed line between Bordeaux and Lourdes.
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