This page explains how to buy train tickets from Bordeaux to other European cities at the cheapest prices, buying online direct from the operators, usually with print-at-home tickets.  Click here to buy tickets starting in another city.

I want to go from Bordeaux to...

      Paris   London & UK   San Sebastian, Bilbao, Madrid, Barcelona & Spain
  Lyon, Nice & elsewhere in France   Cologne & Germany   Lisbon, Porto, Algarve & Portugal
  Brussels & Belgium   Geneva & Switzerland    
  Amsterdam & Netherlands   Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome & Italy   All other European destinations

Before you buy your tickets...

Take a moment to read these important tips for buying European train tickets.  It answers all the usual questions, "Do I need to book in advance or can I just buy at the station?", "Can I stop off?", "Are there Senior fares?" and that old favourite, "Should I buy an $800 railpass or just buy a €35 point-to-point ticket online?".  And most important, click here to understand how far ahead you can buy train tickets.

European train travel FAQ...

An introduction to European train travel

 

Senior fares (over 60)

 

Guide to Eurail passes (overseas visitors)

Important tips for buying European train tickets

Youth fares (under 26)

 

Guide to InterRail passes (for Europeans)

How to check European train times

Child fares & child age limits

 

Couchettes & sleepers on night trains

Do I need to book in advance?

Luggage on European trains

 

Train seat numbering plans

How far ahead can I book?

Luggage storage at stations

 

Wheelchairs & special needs

Can I stop off on the way?

Taking a bike by train

 

Real-time service updates

Should I travel 1st or 2nd class?

Taking a car by train

 

Hotels & accommodation

How long to allow for connections?

Taking dogs & pets by train

 

Changing stations in Paris by metro or taxi

How early to arrive at the station?

Maps of the European rail network

 

What to do when things go wrong...

Bordeaux St Jean station:  See map...

Bordeaux St Jean station

Bordeaux St Jean, station facade...

Main hall, Bordeaux St Jean station

Inside Bordeaux St Jean, magnificently restored.  Note the historic map of the rail network on the far wall.  This is ground level.  On the lower level, reached down escalators, there are shops & cafes, and an underpass under the tracks with an escalator or steps & lift up to each platform.


Bordeaux to Paris from €20, www.loco2.com...
TGV Duplex Oceane arrived at Bordeaux   TGV Duplex Oceane at Bordeaux

A TGV Duplex Océane from Paris arrived at Bordeaux St Jean.  These TGV Duplex carry the latest grey, silver and red TGV colours and have an all-new interior.

TGV Océane cafe-bar   TGV Océane 2nd class seats

TGV Océane cafe-bar, upper deck car 4 (or 14)

 

TGV Océane 2nd class seats...

TGV Océane 1st class seats   TGV Océane 1st class seat   TGV Océane 1st class drop-down table

TGV Océane 1st class seats.  An innovation on TGV Océane, all 1st class seats (except the end ones) rotate to face the direction of travel, or can be rotated to make a face-to-face group of 2 or 4 seats.  The drop-down tables open to reveal USB and 2-pin power sockets.

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Bordeaux to Lyon, Nice & anywhere else in France...

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Bordeaux to Brussels, Bruges & Belgium...

Option 1, via Paris.  Fastest & often cheapest, but means changing stations in Paris by taxi or metro.

Option 2, via Lille.  Less frequent, can be more expensive, but saves crossing Paris.

A Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris

A Thalys high-speed train.  See full-screen panorama photos inside a Thalys trainMore info on Thalys.

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Bordeaux to Amsterdam & the Netherlands...

Option 1, via Paris.  Fastest & often cheapest, but means changing stations in Paris by taxi or metro.

Option 2, via Lille.  If you really don't want to change stations in ParisTakes longer, involves more changes...

A Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris

A Thalys at Amsterdam Centraal.  See full-screen panorama photos inside a Thalys trainMore info on Thalys.

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Bordeaux to London...

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Bordeaux to Switzerland...

Option 1, via Paris.  The fastest, most frequent route...

Option 2, via Marseille.  Slower, runs Mondays-Fridays only, but avoids Paris...

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Bordeaux to Italy...

Option 1, via Paris.  Fastest & can be cheapest, if you don't mind changing stations in Paris...

Option 2, with overnight stop in Marseille.  Slower, but it's scenic, sometimes cheaper & avoids changing stations in Paris...

The Vieux Port at Marseille

Bonjour Marseille!  The Eglise Notre Dame de la Garde, overlooking the Vieux Port.

 

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Bordeaux to Spain...

Bordeaux to San Sebastian or Bilbao...

The Man in Seat 61 says, "Bordeaux to San Sebastian is comfortable, cheap & easy by train.  But people mistakenly put 'Bordeaux to San Sebastian' into booking websites and wonder why nothing appears!  You have to book from Bordeaux to Hendaye on the Spanish border, then pay for the little Euskotren to San Sebastian separately, that's the trick. Easy when you know how!"

Hendaye SNCF station   Hendaye station showing location of Euskotren to San Sebastian

At Hendaye, walk off the platform & through the hall...

 

...out of the SNCF station main exit & turn right.

Hendaia Euskoten station, for trains to San Sebastian   Inside Euskotren station at Hendaye

The Euskotren station is in the corner of the SNCF car park...

 

...Buy a ticket from the staffed counter or the machines.

Euskotren train to San Sebastian at Hendaye   Inside Euskotren to San Sebastian

There is only one platform, and it's where the trains start.  So no worries, you can't get on the wrong train, they all go to Irun and San Sebastian-Donostia Amara.  These air-conditioned metro trains leave every 30 minutes, a turn-up-and-go metro service called Metro Donostialdea.  There's plenty of space for luggage and they even have a wheelchair-accessible toilet.

Bordeaux to Madrid...

The Man in Seat 61 says, "Bordeaux to Madrid is another journey that's easy and comfortable by rail, but booking systems produce nothing sensible when you ask for Bordeaux to Madrid all in one go.  That's because French trains are not currently extending one stop across the border to Irun for technical reasons, they are all terminating at Hendaye on the French side.  But the Spanish trains all start at Irun, which leaves a 2.7km (1.7 mile) gap between trains, easily bridged by local Euskotren metro or by taxi or 36 minutes on foot, but booking systems aren't intelligent enough to tell you that!"

Bordeaux to Barcelona...

Option 1, via Narbonne.  The fastest & easiest option, though not always the cheapest...

Mt Canigou in the Pyrenees

Mt Canigou & the Pyrenees, seen from the train...  One of the highest peaks in the mighty Pyrenees, the 2,784m (9,137 feet) high Mt Canigou dominates the skyline on the right all the way from Perpignan to Girona, see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canigou.

Option 2, via San Sebastian.  Comfortable & inexpensive, can be done in one day or with an overnight stop in San Sebastian. 

The Man in Seat 61 says, "This is another journey that's easy and comfortable by rail, but booking systems won't show it.  French trains are not currently extending one stop across the border to Irun for technical reasons, they are all terminating at Hendaye on the French side.  The Spanish trains all start at Irun, leaving a 2.7km (1.7 mile) gap between trains, easily bridged by local Euskotren metro or taxi or 36 minutes walk, but booking systems aren't intelligent enough to tell you that!"

Alvia trains from Irun & San Sebastian to Madrid & Barcelona...

San Sebastian to Barcelona train about to leave   1st class seats

The morning Alvia at San Sebastian...

 

Preferente (1st class)...

2nd class seats   The cafe bar

Turista (2nd class)...

 

The cafe-bar does an excellent cafe con leche...

Scenery between San Sebastian & Barcelona

The train descends from the foothills of the Pyrenees onto the plain below...

Option 3, via Toulouse & Latour de Carol.  Cheap and scenic, right through the Pyrenees...

 

The modern air-conditioned Train Exprès Regional (TER) from Toulouse to Latour de Carol, at l'Hospitalet station...

 

The smart interior of the regional train from Toulouse to l'Hospitalet.

 

Into the Pyrenees.  For the last hour & a half of the journey from Toulouse to Latour de Carol, the train climbs high into the Pyrenees...

Latour de Carol, where two nations, two trains, three track gauges meet.  On the right, a French standard-gauge overnight couchette train arrived from Paris & Toulouse.  On the left is the Spanish broad-gauge local train which you take to Barcelona, the 'R' on the front stands for Rodalies, Catalan for suburban.  The third gauge at Latour is the narrow-gauge Petit Train Jaune towards Perpignan, its platform is behind the couchette cars shown here.

The snow gives way to autumnal browns & golds as the train from Latour de Carol to Barcelona winds its way south...

Bordeaux to anywhere else in Spain...

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Bordeaux to Lisbon & Portugal...
En route to Morocco by train: gran classe 2-bed sleeper (day mode)   en route to Morocco by train: Gran Classes 2-bed sleeper (night mode)   Paris to Madrid & Barcelona by trainhotel: Gran Classe sleepers have a private shower and toilet   Trainhotel to Lisbon at San Sebastian

Gran Clase sleeper, in evening mode with the seats folded out...

 

...return from dinner to find the attendant has made up the beds...

 

Gran Clase sleepers have a private toilet & shower...

 

The trainhotel to Lisbon, about to leave San Sebastian...

Sud Express trainhotel cafe-bar...    

The trainhotel's café-bar serves drinks & food.  Grab a barstool early, it gets crowded later on!

   

4-berth sleepers (Turista Cama) are cosy & inexpensive, they convert from beds to seats.

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Bordeaux to Cologne, Frankfurt, Berlin & Germany...
  • There are few or no cross-country trains these days, so the fastest, cheapest and usually best option is via Paris, as follows:

  • Step 1, take a TGV from Bordeaux St Jean to Paris Gare Montparnasse in around 2h09 from €20 upwards, they run roughly every hour, book online at www.loco2.com.  Fares work like air fares, so book early for the cheapest prices.  You print your own ticket.

  • Change trains and stations in Paris by metro or taxi.  Allow at least 60 minutes between trains for this.

  • Step 2, travel from Paris to Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin or anywhere in Germany as shown in the Trains from Paris page.  Paris to Cologne takes 3h20 from €35, Paris to Frankfurt takes 3h50 from €39.  You can buy tickets at www.loco2.com, you print your own ticket.

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Bordeaux to all other countries...

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