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There is some confusion, top commercial speed for TGV is 320 km/hr between Paris and Lorraine (on the way to Metz, Nancy, Strasbourg, Luxembourg, or Germany). Some conventional high-speed trains run or ran at 350 in Spain and China, 400-430 with Maglev technology, but not at 500 and more. Some parts of the French high-speed network were also designed to ...


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I do recall Paris metro tickets being available on the Eurostar and at the information desk in London, but that was a few years ago and may well no longer be true. The price is rather more expensive than if you get them in Paris. There generally isn't that much of a queue in Paris Nord, especially outside peak hour. This is one of Paris's busiest stations ...


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On the way to France, the Eurostar ski train (both day and night) has three (official) stops, Moûtiers, Aime-la-Plagne and Bourg-St-Maurice. On the return, it has only two stops, Moûtiers and Bourg-St-Maurice. At both of these stations, there is a special platform that can be fenced off from the rest of the French rail network. There is also a special ...


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The Romancecar services by the Odakyu Railway in Japan... The line connects Shinjuku in Tokyo with various tourist areas towards Mt. Fuji to the southwest. The trains with passengers seats at the front of the train (only the type 7000 and 50000 trains are currently in operation) are primary used on train services to Hakone. The schedule identifies which ...


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Officially, you are not supposed to / expected to give tips to anyone on the Indian Railways network. On most express or mail trains, these attendants used to be IRCTC employees, a public sector company but many of them are now being directly handled by the Indian Railways while on other routes, these are handled by private companies. Regardless of who ...


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It's called SAPSAN, there are 7 trains in both directions Saint-Petersburg > Moscow and Moscow > Saint-Petersburg. Here is link to schedules (Google Translate) Prices are here (translation). There are business and economy class tickets available. The average journey is no longer than 4 hours in one direction. All trains serve every day except train 154 (...


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There is a minimum checkin time for Eurostar trains, which is generally 30 minutes before departure (see below for details), but it does vary. Before listing the times, it's worth thinking a little bit about how the Eurostar checkin process works, as that explains why it is as it is. When you get to the station, you need to checkin with your ticket, either ...


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It's available on most ICE routes, but not all. Cost wise there it's 4,95€ a day in standard class, though there's a small number of roaming partners with whom you can get online in standard class too (mostly T-Mobile Germany though). It used to be paid-for in first class as well, but as of late 2014, it's now free for first class customers (matching what ...


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As an addendum to Relaxed's excellent answer, there's only one place on the planet right now where the public can experience traveling at 500+ km/h on a train, and that's JR Central's Yamanashi maglev test track in Japan. However, test runs open to the public are scheduled only irregularly, and are extremely popular. The last runs for 2,400 lucky winners ...


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You can find information about train stations in France on the Gares en Mouvement (Stations in Motion) web site. The translation is somewhat haphazard. A left luggage facility is called a consigne (consigne automatique for automated lockers, or consigne manuelle if there's an attendant). In Paris Nord, there are both automated lockers (acessible as long as ...


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First Class on the TGV means a wider seat, power sockets, less people (so a generally quieter environment), and that's about it. Standard Premier on the Eurostar is pretty much the same, except you get a small cold dish and a cold alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage. The difference in price is more due to demand than the actual cost of the service. ...


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It does depend what ticket you have, and who you're with. If you are delayed on another RailTeam service, the ‘Hop on the next available train’ (HOTNAT) feature means that you may not even need to rebook (depends on the station), but if you do it'll be easy. (Keep the ticket from the delayed service though!) If you bought a domestic ticket that included ...


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Updated As of May 2014, it works in both directions now! As this edit demonstrates, from somewhere under the channel :) Yes, you can! But currently until very recently, it was only in one direction... As detailed in this IET article from July 2012, Eurotunnel (who own the tunnel) have fitted leaky feeder aerials, base stations and repeaters to both tunnels,...


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You can buy a single ticket or a carnet of 10 tickets from the buffet. In 2013 there was a markup of around 10-20% and they only had carnets available. As of September 2015, the markup was around 50% (£15 @ 1.37EUR/pound, compared to €14.10 in Paris). They were also selling single tickets at about a 20% markup (£1.60 each - €1.80 in Paris). They sometimes ...


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Both the XPT and the Tilt Train can go faster than 160 km/h, and have done so for short distances in trial runs. Full list here. However, in operation both are capped at a maximum of 160 km/h, and typically average out much slower (the Sydney-Melbourne XPT barely beats 80 km/h for the trip). As for why specifically 160 km/h, it's a typical cut off ...


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As Andra said, RER B (5stations) + Metro (3Stations) will be way faster than Ligne 4 all the way down. The thing is the interconnection Line 4 to the train can take you up to 10 minutes, moreover if you have lugages with you. But taking the line 6 from Denfert-Rochereau to Montpartnasse will save you this time, trains are at the first exit. Summary Gare Du ...


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Book early. Most tickets can be bought up to 90 days in advance. Some tickets can be bought only on shorter notice, and some tickets on even longer notice. The cheapest rates get sold first, so you want to be the first to buy the ticket after it becomes available. Cheap domestic tickets (on any train) are called Sparpreis and exist in domestic and ...


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Yes, there is a similar regulation (EC) No 1371/2007 on rail passengers’ rights and obligations. Its application is mandatory for international trains operating within the EU. Member states may excempt domestic long distance traffic during a transition period. The regulation does not apply for domestic, regional traffic. Summarized, it gives the passengers ...


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This one definitely does not tick all the boxes, but as asked by the OP, here comes an historic example: The SNCF X3800 "Picasso" (more details in french) was used from 1950 to 1988 in France. However, it definitely does not qualify for "high-speed" (top speed 120 km/h). It is still in use on a few heritage railway lines (see french Wikipedia page linked ...


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I'm in the lounge now, so I can confirm that the Qype review is largely correct. The lounge is at the other side of the station from the main cross-concourse, so you either need to take the lift down from the south end of the Thalys platform, or walk down the westerly corridor and round the corner. If you take the southerly exit from the Eurostar platforms (...


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There is indeed very little information about this online. A question asked prior to 2003 on the site 'www.h2.dion.ne.jp' (no longer online): Q: Do shinkansen trains have power outlet sockets for running laptop computers? A: Generally, no, although the latest 700 series trains running on JR West Hikari Rail Star services do have power outlet ...


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I'm afraid not. Eurostar's ticketing rules forbid this. From their FAQ: Can I board the Eurostar from a different station? (…) For journeys from the Continent to the UK, you will only be able to board the train from the station indicated on your ticket. Starting from the UK, if you have a ticket from London, and your train calls at Ebbsfleet ...


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In such situations, it is possible (and recommended) to contact the Eurostar personnel during the voyage to have them stamp and sign your ticket to use it as proof. They even announce it ("our personnel will be passing soon, in case you have any questions..."). Then, if you do miss your train due to this delay, you can show the stamped ticket to the rail ...


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I can verify that the N700a trains have power sockets for the seats at the ends of the cars. Look at the bottom of the side wall under the window near your feet. Plugged in right now, actually :-)


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First of all you should compare what's comparable. There are no ICE-like high-speed trains in Poland. Compare the IC fares to the fares you may be used to from Polish IC trains. Also note that generally speaking, the cost of living is higher in Germany than in Poland. This means that plenty of things are more expensive in the Germany than in Poland. The ...


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Yes, you can receive phone signals. Not because of good antenna design (a thick concrete wall can stop a phone signal, you have no chance through vast amounts of rock and seawater) but because they have installed repeaters the length of the Chunnel. Interestingly, it appears British phone users are being charged more than French to use the phone while in ...


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The Yamanashi Test Track has the experimental Maglev train. For fairly obvious reasons, they generally don't have passengers - although there's a practical section for it. Currently it's about 18.4km long and will become part of the Chūō Shinkansen connecting Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka - but at present it's being extended to 42.8km to be finished by 2013/...


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If you are taking the direct train (daily during the Summer and other high-demand times, five times weekly the rest of the year) from Marne-la-Vallée-Chessy to London St. Pancras, then French Immigration Exit and UK Immigration entry are performed in Marne-la-Vallée-Chessy station - to be precise, in the upper concourse of that station. Because the station ...


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It turns out that the ever great Man in Seat 61 has a great page on changing trains in Lille that covers this very thing. If you really want to, you can take the Lille Metro between the two stations. It's just one stop, journey time measured in 10s of seconds, plus the wait for trains! If you have a through SNCF ticket, the metro connection is free, ...


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The Montparnasse-Bienvenüe metro station is practically two stations with a long corridor between them: lines 4 and 12 to the north, and lines 6 and 13 to the south. The train station is on the south side, so whenever you're boarding a train it's best to arrive by line 6 or 13. (Here line 4 is still faster if you're an average walker with no luggage, and you ...



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