France


Outside the French capital lively cities, from Marseille to Mulhouse, ooze culture like a ripe brie while 22 regions dish up unique local food, wine and joie de vivre. Take along your phrase book and uncover France beyond the clichés.

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Nice Paris 05:39 HK$232
Paris Avignon 02:36 HK$290
Paris Lyon 01:56 HK$290
Nice Paris Cdg Airport 06:36 HK$871
Paris Marseille 03:05 HK$290
Avignon Nice 02:56 HK$232
Nice Lyon 04:27 HK$348
Bordeaux Paris 03:15 HK$232
Marseille Nice 02:31 HK$267
Avignon Paris Cdg Airport 03:10 HK$348
Paris Cdg Airport Lyon 01:59 HK$290
Toulouse Paris 05:29 HK$174
Nice Bordeaux 08:50 HK$232
Paris Montpellier 03:19 HK$290
Paris Cdg Airport Marseille 03:45 HK$465
Avignon Lyon 01:02 HK$174
Monaco Paris 06:08 HK$790
Toulouse Nice 06:43 HK$232
Marseille Avignon 00:27 HK$163
Montpellier Nice 04:26 HK$232
Paris Cdg Airport Bordeaux 04:16 HK$430
Paris Dijon 01:31 HK$174
Marseille Lyon 01:36 HK$232
Monaco Nice 00:14 HK$105
Avignon Bordeaux 05:33 HK$557

Train tickets


Country guide

The national railway company of France is known as the SNCF (for Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français). France has over 32,000 km of railway network. Train tickets for trains operating in France can be booked in advance. International trains connect France with neighbouring countries such as England and Italy. Book train tickets to visit main cities of France by train. French cities including Paris, Nice and Lyon are all served by trains.

Cityscape

Take in Paris’ inside-out Pompidou Centre and skyscraping Eiffel Tower before heading the South to Renaissance Lyon and Spanish-influenced Toulouse. France’s SNCF train network takes you the West to neo-classical Bordeaux, East to canal-crossed Strasbourg and North to Rouen’s inspiring Gothic cathedral.

Landscape

Travel by train through France’s lush Provence region, chateau-hop in the Loire Valley or touch prehistoric stones in wind-swept Brittany. Run with wild horses on the Camargue plateau or go blueberry-picking in the Alps. Paraglide in the Pyrenees, canoe along Ardèche’s river or swim in Corsica’s clear waters.

Take Home

Buy olive oil in Provence, foie gras in Dordogne and blue-veined Roquefort cheese. Bag designer labels in Paris, Saint-Tropez and Cannes, bargains at Lille’s outlets, handmade gloves in Millau or Limoges porcelain. Stock up on Loire, Burgundy and Bordeaux wines, and pear cider from Normandy.

Eat & Drink

Take the train around France to sample cassoulet (pork and bean stew) in the southwest, Normandy’s galettes (savoury pancakes), and Marseille’s bouillabaisse (fish soup), washed down with anise-flavoured Pastis or good-value Languedoc vintages.

New Perspective

Hang out at contemporary art venues like Abattoires in Toulouse or Paris’ Palais de Tokyo, or swoop along the Millau viaduct, Norman Foster’s breathtaking bridge.

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Top cities in France

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Grenoble Grenoble

Grenoble, capital of the Alps In the heart of Alps (...)

Lille Lille

Lille, the gateway to Northern France Lille is an (...)

Lyon Lyon

Lyon, the capital of French gastronomy Proud of its (...)

Nantes Nantes

Nantes, enjoy french history Feel like French royalty (...)

Nice Nice

Nice, the capital of the French Riviera Nice, capital (...)

Marseille Marseille

Marseille, the capital of Provence region Marseille is (...)

Paris Paris

Paris, the capital of France One of the world’s (...)

Strasbourg Strasbourg

Strasbourg, the capital of Christmas Strasbourg is the (...)

Bordeaux Bordeaux

Bordeaux, gateway to vineyards Bordeaux is located in (...)

Besançon Besançon

Besançon, the fortified city Bescançon’s old town La (...)

Rennes Rennes

Rennes, the gateway to Brittany Rennes is the capital (...)

Dijon Dijon

Dijon, the capital of the Burgundy Dijon is a town (...)

Lourdes Lourdes

Lourdes, the Marian city Lourdes is a small town (...)

Avignon Avignon

Avignon, the city of Popes Avignon is located in the (...)

Montpellier Montpellier

Montpellier, a pioneer of ecological urbanism (...)

Angouleme Angouleme

Angouleme, the french comic-strip capital Stroll along (...)

Cannes Cannes

Cannes rolls out the red carpet for you Sleek, sunny (...)

Mulhouse Mulhouse

Mulhouse, let yourself be seduced by Alsace. Mulhouse (...)

Aix-en-Provence Aix-en-Provence

Spring waters tumble from over 100 fountains dotted (...)

Annecy Annecy

Annecy, the gateway to Lake Annecy Annecy is one of (...)


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Top stations in France

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Annecy Annecy

The town of Annecy has a main railway station. Located (...)

Avignon Centre Avignon Centre

The Avignon Central railway station, commonly called (...)

Avignon TGV Avignon TGV

The Avignon Gare TGV is located approximately 5.5 km (...)

Beaune Beaune

Beaune railway station is located in the French town of (...)

Biarritz Biarritz

Biarritz is a railway station in the town of Biarritz, (...)

Bordeaux St-Jean Bordeaux St-Jean

Bordeaux Saint-Jean SNCF train station is the main (...)

Carcassonne Carcassonne

Carcassonne railway station is the only railway station (...)

Chamonix Chamonix

The main train station in the French town of Chamonix (...)

Dijon Ville Dijon Ville

Dijon Ville railway station is located in the city of (...)

Grenoble gare Grenoble gare

The Grenoble railway station (Gare de Grenoble in (...)

Lille Europe Lille Europe

Lille Europe railway station is one of the major (...)

Lille Flandres Lille Flandres

Lille Flandres railway station is one of the two main (...)

Lourdes Lourdes

Lourdes railway station is the only train station (...)

Lyon Part Dieu Lyon Part Dieu

Lyon Part Dieu railway station is the primary railway (...)

Lyon Perrache Lyon Perrache

Lyon Perrache railway station (Gare de Lyon-Perrache) (...)

Marseille Saint Charles Marseille Saint Charles

Marseille Saint Charles is the main railway station of (...)

Montpellier Saint Roch Montpellier Saint Roch

The main railway station of the city of Montpellier is (...)

Nice St Augustin Nice St Augustin

Nice-Saint Augustin station located in the territory of (...)

Nice Ville Nice Ville

Nice’s main train station, Nice Ville train station, is (...)

Paris Austerlitz Paris Austerlitz

Paris Austerlitz railway station is one on the main (...)

Paris Gare de l'Est Paris Gare de l'Est

Paris Gare de l’Est is one of the major railway stations (...)

Paris Gare de Lyon Paris Gare de Lyon

Paris Gare de Lyon is one of the main railway stations (...)

Paris Gare du Nord Paris Gare du Nord

Paris Gare du Nord is the busiest railway station of (...)

Paris Gare Montparnasse Paris Gare Montparnasse

Paris Gare Montparnasse is one of the major railway (...)

Reims Reims

The Reims railway station is located near the city (...)

Rennes Rennes

The city of Rennes has one main railway station, (...)

Saint-Malo Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo railway station is the train station located (...)

Strasbourg Gare Centrale Strasbourg Gare Centrale

Strasbourg Gare Centrale is the main railway station (...)

Toulouse Matabiau Toulouse Matabiau

Toulouse Matabiau railway station is the main railway (...)

Tours Tours

Tours railway station is located in the town of Tours, (...)

Airports in France

Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport: Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport:

SNCF French Rail operates direct TGV to/from Charles de (...)

Best trains itineraries

Culture tour
Start your revealing European cultural tour (...)


Gourmet Tour
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Bonuses

France bonuses

A Eurail Pass valid for France is also valid by using reservation for travel from France to Basel (Switzerland), Geneva (Switzerland), Ventimiglia (Italy) and Port Bou (Spain).

REDUCED BOAT CROSSINGS

Grimaldi Ferries 20% on official fares (port taxes excluded)
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  • Toulon - Civitavecchia
  • Porto Vecchio (Corsica)
  • Civitavecchia/Livorno For tickets and reservations fill in the form EURAIL INTERRAIL on www.grimaldi-lines.com. Italy: +39 081 496 444 Spain: +34 932 959 100

SeaFrance 50% discount
www.seafrance.com

  • Calais - Dover Reservations: +33 (0)321 177 020

[Irish Ferries] 30% discount, advance booking recommended

  • Cherbourg - Rosslare (February to December)*
  • Roscoff - Rosslare (May to September)* *No daily sailings. France +33 (0)233 234 444 Ireland +353 (0)818 300 400

PASS BONUSES

Bus free transportation

  • Digne – St. Auban / Veynes
  • Oloron – Canfranc (Spain)

Chemins de fer de Corse All journeys in Corsica 50% discount
www.train-corse.com

Chemins de fer de Provence
www.trainprovence.com

  • Nice - Digne 50% discount

Bus SNCF free transportation

  • Canfranc-Oloron
  • Digne-Veynes
  • Digne-St Auban

Admission with a discount
Grévin Wax Museum in Paris: 20% off (www.grevin.com)
France Miniature Parc in Elancourt; www.franceminiature.com

Customer reviews

"Comfortable train ride"

  Nurhuda Binte j. 
It was the first time taking Thalys from Amsterdam to Paris and it was a nice experience. It was comfortable. Since we booked our tickets in advanced, it was value for money and we were allocated to seats that we wanted.  

"Great first experience"

  Efendy e.  28/05/2013
My partner and I enjoyed both trip from and to Paris. The seats were comfortable, it was 1st class anyway. The only trouble was that we had to carry our heavy luggage (after doing quite some shopping in Paris) to the 2nd floor (where our seats are located). We assumed it wasn't wise to leave it on the 1st floor considering the increasing rate of crime in Europe at this time. Over all the experience was great. Nice view and we enjoyed the scenery on the way to Paris. It rained almost the whole trip to Nice so the return trip made up to it. In my opinion, the choice at the bar should have more variety. And I couldn't ask for hot water even though I'm more than willing to pay. Instead I was offered to buy a bottle of mineral water, pour it into my instant noodle cup and the attendant heat it up in the microwave, which is not exactly hot enough.