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|Nice||Paris Cdg Airport||06:36||HK$691|
|Paris Cdg Airport||Avignon||03:09||HK$369|
|Paris Cdg Airport||Lyon||01:59||HK$230|
|Marseille||Paris Cdg Airport||03:47||HK$277|
|Paris Cdg Airport||Bordeaux||04:16||HK$341|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rail Pass benefits in France
Private and Scenic Trains
- Passholder fares to travel on board the Eurostar which links Paris to Lille, Ashford and London. For Eurail pass holders with a valid rail pass including France, Eurostar offers a discount on First and Second Class tickets. The pass holder discount is also available with a Second Class Youth rail pass.
- Discounted fare to travel on board Thello International trains between France and Italy. Discounted fares applied if pass is valid in France and/or Italy. Routes: Marseille-Toulon-Les Arcs St Raphael-Cannes-Antibes-Nice-Monaco-Ventimiglia-San Remo-Imperia-Diano- Marina-Alassio-Albenga-Finale Ligure-Savona-Genova-Voghera-Pavia-Milano. Paris-Dijon-Milano-Brescia-Verona-Vicenza-Padova-Venice
Ferries and Cruises
30% reduction on the standard foot passenger fares on ferry crossings from Cherbourg to Rosslare (Ireland) (February to December) and Roscoff to Rosslare (Ireland) (May to September) operated by Irish Ferries. Advance booking is recommended and reservations required. No daily sailings.
- Free Travel from Digne – St Auban/Veynes
- Free Travel from Oloron – Canfranc (Spain)
- If you have a Global Pass, you only need a seat reservation to board the international IC bus. Otherwise if you have a rail pass which is not valid in a country where the bus operates, you will need a reservation and a ticket.
Museums and Attractions
Get a free gift in the Rock Shop for purchases over € 25. Hard Rock Cafe Nice, 5 Promenade des Anglais and Paris, 14 Boulevard Montmartre.
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"Wonderful Joureny On RailEurop"Santosh Anantrao m.
I traveled from Venice the city of love to Rome, the historic city on rail Europe. We traveled in 1st class where we were served welcome drinks. The seats were comfortable and the train was neat and clean. It was great experience, the trained reached on time to Rome!!
"In time"Santosh Anantrao m. 23/06/2015
Train was in time and spotless.
"Pleasant trip"Wai Meng c. 23/06/2015
The trip from Oslo to Myrdal was good. Train departed and arrived on time.
"better than average"Thomas l. 23/06/2015
I had a comfortable trip using raileurope and traveling via TGV. I didn't understand the difference between 1st and 2nd class. I travelled in an older 1st class car and saw that there were newer cars available. The washrooms were decent. Similar to plane washrooms but one of the washrooms in the food car had a really terrible smell and since it was a very busy door, the smell travelled to our car. The stops are announced only in French on the TGV for our trip from Paris to Arles but a quick look outside and you see the stops. The train ride is very comfortable and smooth, ticketing process is simple and stress free. I had my ticket on my iPhone. Power plugs were a big bonus since we had brought a laptop for movies. The price is quite high considering a trip from Toronto to Montreal using via rail is less than 200CAD and a trip from Toronto to New York is around 250CAD by train. I would consider the train over flying only because it is quick and convenient eg: no security checks or lines. But be at least 15 minutes early. The train comes and goes right on the minute. It is very on-time.
"Paris - Nevers Sat. AM"Paul n. 23/06/2015
First class definitely worth the cost for the extra room. Seat was comfortable and had power for computer. Only disappointment was that the train had to stop for "security," so was 20 minutes late for the arrival.
"My trip from Firenze to Pisa "Sajir t. 23/06/2015
Your trains were indeed superb. We had a stress free and an enjoyable ride.
"Paris Nord - Amsterdam C S "Sajir t. 23/06/2015
Being travellers on holiday from India , Adequate information is not available in English . The train departure stations are given only 10-15 min in advance and this becomes very inconvenient as we were travelling with baggage. Tickets are expected to be printed in paper , and this is not convenient as most travellers book tickets on line and are not accessible to computer printing stations. Either e- tickets on phone or ipads should be acceptable or printing stations should be available at the information counters on the stations. The same is acceptable when travelling by air or when booking hotels. Comfort - very good . Value for money - Very good . Convenience - poor to average but definitely needs improvement.
"nice trip"Ahmad q. 22/06/2015
nice and comfortable trip.
"Trip to Sevilla"Wayne m. 22/06/2015
This was a very pleasant journey. The train was on time and seats were very comfortable. The trip allowed me to enjoy the beauty of the Andalucian countryside.
"Excellent"Connie j. 22/06/2015
Train was very clean, spacious, comfortable and on time. Staff spoke English. Drinks were offered for no fee. Excellent trip.
"Travel by train"Rina a. 22/06/2015
Convinience, no issue
"Was very nice trip"Abdurrahman a. 22/06/2015
"Good and comfortable "Rashmi k. 22/06/2015
Very comfortable and super fast trains. Easily accessible too.
"good experience"Yara k. 22/06/2015
I enjoyed the trip but only wish that the tunnel was made of glass so it looks like an aquarium as opposed to a dark and claustrophobic tunnel for 25 minutes
"Smooth and comfortable "Soo Tow l. 22/06/2015
The train ride was smooth and comfortable. The meal provided was tasty and the departure and arrival were timely. Overall it is a good experience.