Paris to Quimper by train

How to take a train journey from Paris to Quimper



From Paris Montparnasse to Quimper

Journey Summary

Travel Time
3hr 30min - 3hr 50min (approx)
Travel Information

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

Final Destination: Quimper

All trains also call at: Rennes and Lorient
Some trains also call at: Auray

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

Mon -Thurs = 7 trains per day
Friday = 9 x trains
Saturday = 5 x trains
Sunday = 7 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
SNCF Connect from €36

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

Download the SNCF Connect App from €36
Save A Train from €36

Save A Train Guide

Trainline from €36

Trainline Guide

Happy rail from €36

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.

Rail Europe from €36

On this journey

Journey Features

High Speed (partial journey)Scenic - YesRiver views

Good to Know

Two TGV trains are normally joined together for the high speed part of the journey between Paris and Rennes - which is now faster than ever before, because these trains use the LGV Bretagne-Pays de la Loire - the new extension of the older high speed line.

At Rennes the trains are separated, either one train (the front train) continues on to Quimper with the other part of the train terminating at Rennes (or the second part of the train heads off to a different destination).

When two TGV trains are joined together, these can be exceptionally long trains, so you may have to walk some distance along the voie (platform/track) - hence the advice to be at Paris Montparnasse at least 10 mins before the train departs!
Check the coach number on your ticket, your seat will be in this coach and you can check the coach number on the outside of the trains.

When looking at the departure board you may see another train departing at the same time AND from the same voie (platform/track) as the train heading to Quimper
This info is for the other train that will be attached to the Quimper train between Paris and Rennes.

Heading west after leaving Rennes station Heading west after leaving Rennes station
After Rennes the train will travel by the River Vilaine After Rennes the train will travel by the River Vilaine
This series of images was taken from a backwards facing seat on the right This series of images was taken from a backwards facing seat on the right

This is a journey of three distinct phases:

  1. Within 3 minutes of departure the train will be begin to travel at high speed and will remain on the high speed line, travelling at more than 280 jm/h, shortly before arrival in Rennes.
  2. Soon after departure from Rennes, the train will travel beside the River Vilaine for around 25 minutes; and this is the most scenic part of the journey, if your seats are on the right.
  3. After Redon the train will travel through the rolling landscape of Brittany.
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