Paris to Poitiers by train

How to take a train journey from Paris to Poitiers

The newest high speed line in France bypasses Poitiers, but a connection has been provided, meaning that the the fastest trains provide the quickest ever link from Paris.
The slower trains take the previous route, but they still travel at high speed for more than 60% of the trip.



From Paris Montparnasse to Poitiers Centre

Journey Summary

Travel Time
1hr 18min - 2hr 4min
Travel Information

Note that these trains to Poitiers depart from the Gare Montparnasse in Paris.

Final Destination: Bordeaux or La Rochelle or Poitiers

The departures with a journey time of 1hr 18mins (around 50% of all departures) are non-stop between Paris and Poitiers and they use the new high speed line; the LGV Bretagne-Pays de la Loire.
These fastest trains are not automatically more expensive.

The departures with a journey time of around 1hr 35mins still take the older route via St Pierre des Corps.
Poitiers is comparatively close to where the extension to the high speed line (the LGV Sud-Ouest) begins, hence the newly routed non-stop trains not being particularly faster.

Though if possible avoid the departures with a journey time of more than two hours, they're slower because they call at more stations and on departure from Paris they are joined to another train heading to Tours.
It's the separation of the two trains at St Pierre-des-Corps station which extends the journey time.

Mon-Thurs = 15 x trains per day
Friday = 16 x trains
Saturday = 13 x trains
Sunday =14 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:

  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 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.
SNCF Connect will indicate the cheapest prices per day.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
Trainline from €30

Trainline Guide

Download the SNCF Connect App from €30
Save A Train from €30

Save A Train Guide

Happy rail from €30

Happy rail Guide

Happy Rail is a Netherlands rail ticket agency which sells tickets for both national and international journeys within a range of countries including Belgium France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland.

HappyRail doesn't charge booking fees in the conventional sense, but if you're not Dutch you can expect to pay additional transaction fees, which will be added to the total cost.
That's because the most common form of online payment used in The Netherlands is 'iDEAL' and HappyRail doesn't charge a transaction fee for 'iDEAL' payments, but only Dutch residents can sign up to 'iDEAL'.
Other forms of payment include Visa debit cards will incur a fee.

SNCF Connect from €30

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

Rail Europe from €30

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - NoHigh Speed (total journey)

Good to Know

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

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