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Trains from London to Nantes

Take the train to Nantes

Get to St Pancras International at our recommended arrival time to allow plenty of time to get through border controls and security. 

On the way to Nantes, you’ll connect to a TGV train in either Lille or Paris. 

In Lille it’s just a platform change, while in Paris you’ll need to go to Gare Montparnasse – about 45 minutes from Gare du Nord by Métro or taxi.

What's on board?

If you’re travelling in Standard Premier or Business Premier you’ll have a socket at your seat and we’ll serve a meal en route.

You’ll be in First Class on the TGV where there are sockets at every seat and an on board bar.

If you’re travelling in Standard you’ll find drinks, snacks and meals at Café Métropole on Eurostar, and at the TGV Bar.

Arriving in Nantes

From Paris, the second leg of the trip takes a little over two hours while from Lille it’s just under four.

You’ll arrive at Gare de Nantes in the heart of the city, where you’ll find taxis as well as local buses, coaches and trams. 

If you’re planning to explore further afield, you’ll also find car hire desks at the station.

Get to know Nantes

From its luxury shops and grand château, to a hammam in a biscuit factory and 40-foot mechanical elephant ride, Nantes is a quirky city that’s bursting with personality and charm.

La crème de la crêpe

When visiting Brittany you have to try crêpes

Anything that can be wrapped in a pancake will be wrapped in a pancake – from scallops and saffron to ice cream and salted caramel.

What’s on in Nantes?

Feb: La Folle Journée music festival

July-Aug: Le Voyage à Nantes art trail

Aug: Les Rendez-vous de l'Erdre jazz festival

Nov: Festival des 3 Continents

Free and cheap in Nantes

  • Stroll the 500m-long ramparts of the Château des Ducs de Bretagne
  • Window shop at Passage Pommeraye or on Rue Crébillon
  • Explore the city’s green spaces - Promenades Vertes

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the Eurostar train journey from London to Nantes?

Typically, the train journey from London to Nantes takes 5hrs 19mins. When you view the available tickets, you will be able to see the length of the train journey for each departure time. 

Are there additional fees when travelling with the Eurostar to Brussels?

Unlike airlines, there are no hidden costs when travelling by Eurostar. Once you have picked your train tickets (Standard, Standard Premier or Business Premier), there will be no additional fees for seat selection, advanced booking, or luggage allowance.

How far in advance can you book your Eurostar train ticket?

Eurostar tickets from London to Nantes can be booked up to 180 days before your return travel date, however, there are a few exceptions depending on engineering work or when you book. Have a look at our booking calendar and available days will show in black while the greyed-out dates are not available for sale just yet.

Can you take liquids on the Eurostar train to Brussels? 

You can take liquids on the Eurostar and there is no volume limit, so you can bring all your toiletries and even a bottle of bubbly!

Can you take your own food on the Eurostar train to Brussels?

There are no food restrictions, so you’re allowed to bring your own food from home on the Eurostar.

How early should you arrive for the Eurostar?

You should get to St Pancras International 40 minutes before departure in order to pass the customs and security checks before your train departs.

How fast does the Eurostar go?

Between London and Nantes, the high-speed lines allow our trains to drive at a maximum speed of 186 miles per hour (300 km/h).

Where does the Eurostar leave from in the UK?

In addition to our trains from London to Nantes, we also offer tickets to Nantes from Ashford International and Ebbsfleet International, as well as tickets from cities in the UK that require a change in London. 

How much luggage can I bring with me on the Eurostar when travelling to Brussels?

Standard adult tickets allow you to bring two pieces of luggage that are up to 85cm long, and one small piece of hand luggage such as a handbag or briefcase. Find out more information about luggage allowances

Can you take dogs on the Eurostar when travelling to Brussels?

Pets are not allowed to travel on the Eurostar, apart from guide and assistance dogs which are welcome onboard. Have a look here to read more about what to do if you are travelling with a registered guide or assistance dog.

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