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On TGV (or other French long-distance trains), can you take the earlier/later train?

Last year I had a ticket on a TGV, missed it, and got on the next one an hour later. I figured I'd just have to buy a new ticket on board. (ie, I missed it just because I was late walking to the ...
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How to use a “code avantage” discount code from the SNCF Voyageur program?

Thanks to this earlier question on the SNCF Voyageur program, I now know roughly how the program works, and I've signed up for it. Despite some issues with previously bought tickets, I've managed to ...
3
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2answers
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Claiming compensation for late service of Eurotunnel

Yesterday I was coming back from France using the Euro Tunnel, and they had substantial delays of about 90 minutes. Hence the question: when is it possible to claim any compensation from them for the ...
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1answer
149 views

Why do UK train tickets crossing London include the underground, but Paris ones don't for the metro?

When buying a UK train ticket, if one of the allowed routes for it involves changing stations in London, then then the route on the ticket will be printed with a dagger (†; described in publications ...
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3answers
126 views

Food on the TGVs between France and Spain?

In a few days time, I'll be taking a long TGV trip, on the new(ish) service between Barcelona and Paris. Given the length of the journey, I'm wondering about the food available on board, and hence if ...
2
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1answer
43 views

Which side of Lyria train to sit on from Paris to Geneva?

We're traveling from Paris to Geneva on the Lyria. Is there a more scenic side to sit on? Does upper or lower level have any impact on view? We're going first class. We'd very much like Club2 seating ...
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Are the model trains underneath gare de l'est in Paris open to the public?

Some years ago I read the memoires of a Dutch newsreader on his experiences in Paris. In his book, very cliche, called, Gare du nord. The model trains from the basement in gare de l'est were ...
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2answers
149 views

Travel from Barcelona to Nice visiting Carcassonne on the way

I'm planning to fly to Barcelona, stay there for about a week and then make my way to Nice and fly back home from there a week later. It seems like taking a bus is the easiest and cheapest way to ...
3
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2answers
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What's the typical response time for a SNCF Réclamation en Ligne claim?

Earlier this week I got caught out by the SNCF strikes when my train was cancelled, and ended up with an unexpected night in Paris. I've had a chat with my (expensive but fairly generous) travel ...
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1answer
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Delay due to strikes - can you claim on the SNCF Garantie Ponctualité?

Thanks to the question on checking SNCF trains during a strike, I was able to discover that one of my trains today was cancelled. Sadly though, the only alternative involved a very hefty delay and an ...
2
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1answer
67 views

Aix-en-Provence TGV station blocked by cabbies? [closed]

I heard this was planned and my train goes on the 18th, does anyone know if it's happening?
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2answers
1k views

During a French TGV strike, must I go to the station to get a full refund for my ticket?

I booked a TGV a while ago with a discount card, the conditions of the ticket are that I can get refunded entirely before the departure of the train, and a fee is withheld if I cancel my ticket the ...
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2answers
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French Strikes: Using idTGV ticket for standard (SNCF) TGV

The French railways are on a strike. I know I can take another train if I fit in. However, can I use an idTGV ticket Paris - Toulon on a SNCF-TGV train? If not, do I have any other possibility since ...
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1answer
2k views

During a SNCF strike, how can I check what trains will run without going to the station?

It seems there's currently a national SNCF strike on at the moment, and I'm trying to work out if it'll affect my journey later. The people I booked my TGV tickets with advised me to check ...
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1answer
54 views

Can I earn SNCF Voyager points, for a booking made without the membership number?

Having now worked out what the SNCF Voyageur program is, I've gone ahead and joined it, as I've a number of TGV journeys coming up in the coming months. The slight wrinkle is that most of these TGV ...
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2answers
239 views

Why are French TGV prices different between Loco2 and Capitaine Train?

I had thought that since both Loco2 and Capitaine Train have agreements with SNCF to sell domestic French train tickets (amongst others). However, I've noticed that sometimes the prices between them ...
6
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1answer
126 views

How does the SNCF Voyageur program work?

I'm planning some TGV trips soon, but despite being a member of two different Railteam frequent traveller programs already, from this question it doesn't look like I'd be able to credit the journeys ...
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5answers
344 views

How can I search for French trains (only - no buses)?

I'm generally not a huge fan of rail replacement buses, and try to avoid them where possible. Recently, I've been looking at some French train travel, and bus journeys seem to keep creeping into the ...
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0answers
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North-American chipless credit card in France [duplicate]

I am moving to France from the USA in the next 1 week. I just read that North American chipless credit cards will probably not work with several merchants in France and that they would most likely get ...
2
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1answer
292 views

Going from Nice airport (Nice St Augustin) to Cannes when arriving late (~9pm)?

I am considering taking a 3 day stop in Cannes, but the plane I intend to take lands thursday night at 8:40pm in Nice airport. I have been taking the train from Nice St Augustin to Cannes before, and ...
3
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3answers
270 views

Travel from Lyon to Geneva Airport (French side)

I'll be in Lyon for a few days in June (taking a train from Paris) and plan on renting a car to use around Lyon. It sounds like I can drive from Lyon to the French side of the Geneva airport and drop ...
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Having global pass travelling from Nice to Monaco for grand prix [duplicate]

We are arriving in Nice late on 24 May 2014 by train. We want to go to the grand prix in Monaco using our global pass for the trains. Do we have to buy our train tickets to go to the Monaco grand prix ...
2
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1answer
205 views

Can I get off a Eurostar train at an earlier stop? [duplicate]

For an upcoming Eurostar journey I'm considering taking, I've noticed a very odd pricing situation. For some reason, the cost of a ticket on the 19:34 Lille & Brussels service is cheaper if I book ...
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2answers
280 views

Rail transport in Mayotte?

Google Maps shows "Mayotte Light Rail" and "Mayotte Underground Lte Raiway Station" (sic) near Mamoudzou, in Mayotte. On the other hand, Wikipedia says there are no railways at all on the island. ...
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213 views

Buying a rail pass from a non EU country and reserving seats in advance

I'm going to Europe next June and I plan to travel by train. I want to reserve my seats in advance, so I'm thinking about buying them around three months in advance. I'm also thinking about buying a ...
3
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1answer
122 views

How do I change my TGV reservation to allow for print-at-home option?

I booked my TGV ticket on the French version of voyages-sncf.com. Not being able to read French, I wasn't aware at the time that there was a print-at-home option. Just in case my train arrives late, I ...
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2answers
121 views

Which Dijon station does the Milan-Paris Thello train stop at?

The Thello train running from Milan to Paris stops in Dijon. However, neither Seat61 nor Thello's own website indicate which Dijon station it stops at. According to DB's website, there is Dijon Ville ...
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3answers
303 views

When should one travel by car instead of train when traveling France?

I'm debating if I should travel France by car or not, but I don't know what I need to take into consideration. I'm at the age where I'll be forced to travel first class if I travel France's Eurail. At ...
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1answer
149 views

How to get by train from Normandy to Versailles?

What is the best way to get by train from the Mont Saint Michel area to Versailles, France?
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2answers
438 views

Cheap way of travelling from Paris to nearby countries? [closed]

I am traveling to Paris for a month's time. I would like to visit nearby countries like Luxembourg, Spain, Switzerland etc. Can you please suggest some cheap travel means?
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2answers
168 views

How does one find out whether a particular Intercités train on a particular route requires reservation?

How does one find out whether a particular Intercités train on a particular route requires a reservation?
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2answers
201 views

Are tickets without reservations interchangeable for Intercités and TER trains?

Suppose a particular route is served by TER trains, as well as Intercités trains which don't require reservation. Is it possible to buy a ticket for that route, valid for a few hours, or a day, or ...
3
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1answer
58 views

When buying a ticket without a reservation on an Intercités train, is there any advantage to buying it in advance, instead of just before departure?

In particular: Is it possible that buying the same ticket earlier will result in a lower price? Is there a limit on the number of tickets sold (in which case tickets may not be available just before ...
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2answers
801 views

What's the cheapest public transportation option to get from Ventimiglia (in Italy) to Antibes?

I want to get from Ventimiglia to Antibes using public transport. I know that the TER train costs about 10 Euros. Is there a cheaper way (a bus maybe?)
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2answers
206 views

Can I get a partial refund from SNCF?

I purchased a train ticket from Cherbourg to Reims from TGV Europe. This was two trains, a TER service from Cherbourg to Paris, and a double-decker TGV from Paris to Reims. The TGV part was a "prem", ...
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2answers
314 views

How to book entire compartments on French night trains?

On the night trains in France, the so-called "Intercités de nuit", you have three comfort classes: reclining seats, 6 berth sleepers and 4 berth sleepers. The railway company SNCF is advertising ...
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6answers
463 views

Availability of local train tickets in France

The airplane tickets are easily ordered from travel agency. But what about local transport? I have no idea how to reserve the local transport using online reservation. For instance, I can see that ...
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2answers
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What do I need to know to go to the Palace of Versailles?

I'm staying at Paris and I plan on taking a day out to go to Versailles. What type of information should I have to accomplish this? Maybe something like this: How to get in and out of there (wich ...
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2answers
242 views

Can you get from London to the French Alps by train, with no/minimal changes?

For a lot of people, the default way to get from London to the French Alps to go skiing is to fly, then take a long bus connection to get to the resort. However, with the current snow and wintery ...
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4answers
554 views

Rome to Paris by train

Can anyone tell me how can I book Rome to Paris train ticket? I am trying Trenitalia website but not getting any results. I want the fastest train, preferably running during the daytime. Also, can ...
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1answer
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What's the cheapest way to travel from Paris to Madrid by train?

I am planning to travel from Northern Germany to Madrid by train in March. I found an offer for a night train to Paris for 43 Euro which is pretty cheap. From Paris to Madrid, my local train ...
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2answers
481 views

Getting on Eurostar at the wrong station

I have bought return tickets from London to Lille Europe on Eurostar. The trains on my outward and inbound journeys both stop at Calais Frethun. Will Eurostar let me get on in Calais on the inbound? ...
4
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1answer
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Is Colmar's railway station next to the city center?

I'm thinking about taking a train to Colmar to do some sightseeing there. But is the railway station next to the city center, respectively the old town or is it far away?
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4answers
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Is it possible to make last-minute reservations on the City Night Train?

I'd like to take the overnight train ("City Night Line") from Germany to France in a few days. The bahn.de site shows the existence of the train, and gives a price ("from 330 EUR") but says it is too ...
5
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1answer
325 views

Getting from Lille to Paris by public transport, after 10pm

I've been looking at train times from Lille to Paris, and was rather surprised to discover that the last train back is very early. On Monday-Saturday it leaves Lille at 21:51, and gets into Paris at ...
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281 views

Using your passport / confirmation email as your ticket on a train from Barcelona to Lyon?

So currently traveling at the moment and last night i booked a train from Barcelona to Lyon. I used the tgv-europe.com and the last time I ordered a ticket from there it was easy, it just sent me a ...
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2answers
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Does the Carte 12-25 still exist in France?

Back in the day, I used a "Carte 12-25" discount card to obtain discounts on rail travel in France. I see that the 12-25 card has a website, complete with a spot to order, but the main page seems to ...
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1answer
188 views

About canceled trains in France

I've booked several train tickets for an inter rail in France. I haven't bought any insurance in case of cancellation. If a train is canceled or delayed by many hours, is there something I can do, or ...
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4answers
334 views

Is there another way to book train tickets from outside France/Netherlands?

In the last two days I've tried to buy a train ticket from Rocamadour (France) to Amsterdam on the scnf-voyages.com website. It doesn't work. The website gives the following error message: Suite à ...
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1answer
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I need some explanation about payment modalities on sncf-voyages.com website

I need some explanation about payment modalities on the sncf-voyages.com website. These are the options: Since I don't live in France, I can't use option 2. It is not clear the difference between ...