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Trains to Nantes

The last major city on the Loire before that river flows into the Atlantic Ocean, Nantes is an industrial city with split allegiances. It looks both north-west towards Brittany (of which it was once a part) and east up the Loire Valley towards Anjou. Nantes is a lively place, its central area boasting elegant boulevards and an especially attractive riverfront, where old schooners recall the days when Nantes was a jumping-off point for trade with the Caribbean. You’ll never go wrong with a night or two in Nantes, but it’s probably not the spot to choose for a week’s holiday.

The main station, simply called the Gare de Nantes, dates from the late 1960s. No marks for charm, but it’s practical and efficient. TGVs for Paris leave every hour. Since July 2017, when a new stretch of high-speed line around Le Mans opened, the fastest trains to the French capital now take under two hours. There are also direct TGV services from Nantes to Le Mans, Lille, Marseille, Strasbourg and Charles de Gaulle Airport near Paris.

For travellers wanting to explore rural France by slower trains, Nantes is a major hub for such services. There are regional or Intercités services from Nantes direct to Bourges, Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Lyon, Tours and Toulouse. You’ll also find plenty of trains leaving Nantes for Brittany with direct services to Rennes, Lorient and Quimper. Nantes itself is 50 kilometres inland from the Atlantic, but it is just a short hop to the coast with regular local trains to Pornic and Saint-Gilles.

Travel to Nantes by train from anywhere in the UK or across Europe.

London to Nantes by train

from $80.10

Avg 1 change 5hr 17m

Paris to Nantes by train

from $17.44

Avg 0 changes 1hr 56m

Saint-Pierre-des-Corps to Nantes by train

from $14.21

Avg 0 changes 1hr 29m

La Roche sur Yon to Nantes by train

from $10.33

Avg 0 changes 39m

Redon to Nantes by train

from $14.21

Avg 0 changes 42m

Rennes to Nantes by train

from $20.67

Avg 0 changes 1hr 15m

Le Mans to Nantes by train

from $22.61

Avg 0 changes 1hr 16m

Angers to Nantes by train

from $10.98

Avg 0 changes 34m

Bordeaux to Nantes by train

from $22.61

Avg 0 changes 4hr 45m

Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to Nantes by train

from $34.23

Avg 0 changes 2hr 58m

Lille to Nantes by train

from $51.03

Avg 0 changes 3hr 54m

St-Nazaire to Nantes by train

from $10.98

Avg 0 changes 33m

Lyon to Nantes by train

from $17.44

Avg 0 changes 4hr 5m

La Rochelle to Nantes by train

from $11.63

Avg 0 changes 2hr 32m

Tours to Nantes by train

from $23.90

Avg 0 changes 1hr 35m

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