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I would definitely check Blablacar.fr. There's always a connection that suits your needs.


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If it is a "e-billet" (e-ticket), what you've printed in the station is just a reminder and you can reprint it the same way with your "reference client" (the 6-letter code) and the payment card you used (to identify you). If it is a "classic" ticket ("IATA" in SNCF language), you have to buy a new one. You can look in the confirmation mail you received ...


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I did a similar trip last month. The border officials in Brest only put an entry stamp on my Belarus visa. I don't recall them even looking at the Russian visa or asking where I was going after transiting Belarus. (Almost all trains stop in Minsk where you can change, even on a transit visa, so it's not a foregone conclusion that you are travelling ...


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There are three kind of solutions: Expensive and fast : train (capitainetrain.com), plane (airfrance.com, hop.com) Fast and cheap : sharing a ride (blablacar.fr), plane (volotea.com, easyjet.com, ryanair.com) Slow and cheap : buses (flixbus, megabus, ouibus, isilines, eurolines) => You can use goeuro.com to check prices and durations (that site includes ...


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At Busbud, a bus search tool I work for, we did a little study on the price of bus vs blablacar ride sharing in France. It's in French, hopefully you can get the gist of it: bus is often cheaper but it's worth checking both options. Here are some of the relevant bus companies that partner with Busbud in France and from France to Spain: Ouibus, Flixbus, ...


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Yes you'll have to pay for your bike spot, but only if your trip includes a TGV segment. The map you're showing is for intercités which is another type of train and does not seem to run the route you want. If you search on the SNCF website with your itinerary you'll see you're allowed a free spot for the bike on the segment from Saint-Malo to Rennes, but ...


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There are now a couple tools to compare the prices of train/bus/rideshares. Two examples are Comparabus and kelbillet. Trying these for a trip in October, 3 months ahead of time, the bus costs from 35 to 50 euros to Bayonne/Hendaye (in my experience, for such distances the price does not vary too much, even a week in advance), the rideshares are available ...


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Pay at the counter Every train station except rural stops has a ticket counter, where you can buy tickets for immediate departure or up to 90 days in advance. They take cash and ask no questions (other than your destination and departure date). Larger stations have a dedicated Reisezentrum (travel center), in smaller stations the counter may be hidden in ...


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Bus will be the cheapest way to get down there. You will probably have to change bus at some point as close to Hendaye as possible as there doesn't seem to be a direct bus line to there (AFAIK) from Lille. Check/Google the various bus services. A quick search with http://www.eurolines.fr/fr/ returns a 50euro itinerary from Lille to Biarritz.


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As a German who travels often with the Bahn: Forget the whole thing. While it was in earlier times possible to buy tickets inside the train, the Deutsche Bahn has now a much more rigid approach: Not only are people prohibited from entering the train if they have no ticket (even if the only vending machine is out of order), the conductors have the order to ...


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I'll just stick this on as an answer for completeness (I previously posted it as a comment): I took 3 DB rides without the card used to book the tickets with no problem. On all 3 of my train rides, there was no trouble explaining my situation and showing my passport as ID, no need to repurchase tickets, and no "you should bring your credit card next time" ...


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Well, I can't provide a general answer (so anyone who lives locally or otherwise knows better should still answer), however I can provide a single experience: Arriving almost exactly 30 minutes before scheduled departure, we were the last vehicle to be permitted to board the train. Some 6-10 cars were turned away, and presumably made the drive over the ...


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It seems that this special day ticket can be used at any time during one calendar day, like a regular day ticket. NS regularly offers special deals for day tickets like that. The problem is that you also need to print it out (that's the e-ticket option) or to have an anonymous OV-chipkaart on which you could load the ticket (the card itself costs EUR 7.50).



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