France by train

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Overview

Paris known to be the city of romance with spectacular jaw dropping monuments such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, Mona Lisa at the Louvre and one of the worlds famous landmarks the Eiffel Tower are only a few of the beautiful sights to see in France and that's just Paris. A country where tourist discover the uniqueness of France from their language and culture that is fiercely protected by its people, to its great tastes in wine, food and cheese, arts and architecture.

 

Train travel within France

France has one of the most extensive and modern railway networks in Europe. The railway network is managed by SNCF, the French national railway company. SNCF literally stands for Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français in French. More than 32,000 km of railway tracks are managed by SNCF. The group is a leading travel company in France and throughout the world. The high speed rail service in France is almost entirely operated by SNCF through its flagship trains called the TGV inOui. Other local and regional trains are operated by the company. Regional trains are called TER. A seat reservation is mandatory for pass holders to travel on board the TGV inOui.


Train travel to & from France

France is easily connected by high speed train to & from its neighbouring countries. Stations are located in the city centres, check in is quick & easy, luggage allowance is generous and seats are comfortable. Some services also offer free WIFI, on board entertainment & meals. Why would you travel any other way?

Eurostar is the first choice for travellers between Paris and London. The high speed service travels through the Channel tunnel and takes just over 2 hours between the capital cities, with up to 18 daily services. Eurostar also travels direct from London to the South of France (Lyon, Avignon & Marseille) in the warmer months, the French Alps (Moutiers-Salins, Aime-La-Plagne and Bourg-St-Maurice) in the colder months and Disneyland Paris (Marne-la-Vallee) & Lille most of the year. 

France-Spain High Speed services connect 21 cities in France & Spain. Travel between Paris & Barcelona is direct on board the TGV EuroDuplex, taking just 6.5 hours. The Spanish AVE train connects Toulouse and Lyon to Barcelona and Marseille to Madrid. Relax, sit back & enjoy the scenery.

TGV Lyria allows travellers to enjoy breakfast in Paris and then enjoy lunch in Zurich. Lyria connects France to Switzerland in just a few hours, operating between Paris and Geneve, Basel, Lausanne, Zurich & more, plus Geneva to the South of France (Marseille). 

Thalys or "The Red Train" connects Paris to Belgium, the Netherlands and Western Germany. Travel direct from Paris to Brussels in under 2 hours, Paris to Amsterdam in just over 3 hours, plus more. New for 2019: Launching on 31st March, travel direct Amsterdam to/from Paris CDG Airport & Paris Disneyland. 

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