This is a comparatively easy day trip from Paris to beautiful Orléans if you take care to target the trains heading to the station in the city centre.
Final Destination: Orléans-Centre
Year round service:
Mon-Friday = 9 x trains per day
Sat/Sun = 7 x trains per day
Between mid June and late August there are up to seven additional departures per day.
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The train service between Paris and Orléans had been split between IC trains and TER trains; but now all departures are designated as TER services, but as discounted tickets were available on the IC trains, unusually for a TE route they are also available on these trains.
If you can book in advance only a couple of days ahead, you can typically save more than €10, though you will be committing to a specific departure and refunds and exchanges won't be an option.
Rail pass users:
No reservation fees are charged on the TER trains
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Many trains 'to Orléans' arrive at a station named 'Les Aubrais', but this station is 4km from the city centre.
So when looking up this journey take care to book tickets to 'Orléans-Centre' - as this station] lives up to its name, with a location that's a 12 - 20 min walk from Orléans cathedral.
Also at Austerlitz station take care that you're booking tickets and boarding trains to Orléans-Centre.
The service on this route is split between Intercités (IC) and TER trains.
Most of the IC trains are around 30 mins faster than the TER trains, so the TER trains have a journey time of around 1hr 30mins.
However, what's unusual on this route is some of the IC trains are the slowest services of all - so pay particular attention to the journey times of each departure when you're looking up this journey on the ticketing websites.
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