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CDG-Zürich is not an easy one by train, honestly. Trains from Paris (center) to Zürich use the LGV Sud-Est, go through Dijon, then on to the LGV Rhin-Rhone, Mulhouse and Basel (red on the map). They still take a bit over 4 hours. Most trains from CDG going in that general direction either run on the LGV Est towards Strasbourg (blue), or the LGV Sud-Est down ...


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This actually means "travel on your own". The trip between Angers Saint-Laud and Thouars in your itinerary is neither included in your ticket nor operated by SNCF. Have a look at the output from the scnf website below: You didn't state the date you were looking for, so I just chose next Sunday. The connection by train is quite bad, so they show you how ...


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For searching train schedules across Europe in general, and in particular for such tricky requests, I always rely on the German Railways, the Deutsche Bahn. I tried some request for a trip between Lyon and Grenoble. The standard search includes buses and there is a late bus from Lyon to Grenoble, leaving at 11.14 PM. Now if you start a new search with more ...


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Some rules explained here (in French): http://aide.voyages-sncf.com/toute-laide-train/suite-mon-achat/echange-et-annulation/conditions-d-echange-d-annulation-et-de-remboursement And a version in English : http://help.en.voyages-sncf.com/en/exchange-cancellation/conditions It depends on which fare you have paid when booking your ticket. TGV are in the ...


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Generally speaking, TGV tickets are bound to a specific train connection. Higher fares (pro ticket) allow free exchanges and refunds but I think you are still supposed to do it prior to boarding (even a few minutes before, traditionally with dedicated machines in the station's concourse but there is now a mobile app as well) rather than just showing up in ...


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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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Yes, you should have a label on your luggage when traveling in the TGV. It says so on the electronic/self print tickets as well as on the ticket sleeve when you buy your ticket in the station. If your luggage is next to you, you can get away with it not being labeled. But if it is at the end of the carriage, or you walk away from your luggage just at the ...


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Disclaimer: I'm not sure if I correctly understood the question but here it goes: you can put a SNCF train ticket on hold, and buy the return journey later under certain conditions. But I'm not sure if you were expecting to combine the two trips to get a cheaper price for the round trip. You'll get both early prices but no "round trip discount" (which I'm ...


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“Borne libre service” means that you'll pick up your ticket at a ticket vending machine in France or Luxembourg. (Maybe also in Eurostar stations, but I'm not sure if these allow you to print out tickets that aren't Eurostar tickets.) Every major train station and most if not all minor stations have a ticket vending machine, and there are also vending ...


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"Usual" sales opening To complement other answers, indeed the sales start exactly 90 days in advance on most trains - TGV and Intercités as @audionuma quoted. Be careful though, some trains like regional ones have specific fare policies that include different starting dates, and that depends on each region (e.g. I tried on the PACA TER website and I could ...


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SNCF terms & conditions, August 2015 edition: Si un train est annulé ou en retard et si le transporteur peut, par expérience, prévoir objectivement que le lieu de destination défini dans le contrat de transport sera atteint avec plus de 60 minutes de retard, le voyageur peut, dans les conditions énoncées au point 9.1.3 ci-dessous : a. exiger ...


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Quite the same happened to me, but I was travelling with my wife (who does not share my family name but kept her maiden name). Her ticket however had my name printed. In summary: it worked out. But it was a little difficult. ;-) Regarding your questions: Not that I know of. He checks the tickets as such. Yes, afaik they have exactly the same content as ...


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You can use the DB site, to get an overview which trains are departing at a given station in a given time frame: https://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/bhftafel.exe/en If you click then on a train number, you get the schedule for that train with all stops and times. On that page, the "ICE" category includes TGV, Thalys and other high velocity trains.


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Between Paris and Tours you can either take a TGV (highspeed train) or an "Intercités" (classical train). Both are cheaper when booked in advance. The full fare for a 2nd class TGV ticket is 65 EUR. Booked in advance it can be as cheap as 25 EUR. For Intercités the range goes from 15 EUR to 36.20 EUR. You should also know that TGVs can sell out. If you are ...


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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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On SNCF website for Intercités trains, one can find a map of all Intercités de Jour with different line style for those with required reservations. Giving a quick look at it, this does not seem to follow a specific logic, some lines having both, some lines having only either with or without reservation. There is no geographical logic either.


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Promoting Relaxed's comment to an answer... It's also on infolignes.com/! If you do as I did, and select your region from the area I've labelled as #2, it will tell you about the general pattern for trains in your region. This is what tells you roughly how many trains will run on each line on a given day in the strike Alternately, if you look at the large ...


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I am positive there is no possibility to change seats easily (and searching the help on voyages-sncf returned no result). Once you made a reservation, this is not easy to make any change to it. I do not have any reservation right now to try harder to change the seat but recently I cancelled my booking and made a new one just to get a different seat. So that ...


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I never used raileurope, but on most websites (such as Voyages-sncf's and Eurostar) e-tickets allow you to easily change seats after reservation, while paper tickets usually need to be exchanged physically. I received good recommendations for Capitaine Train, which includes more seat preferences than Voyages-sncf's. Also, due to the fact that both act as "...


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For seat reservations in France, it does not directly depends on your destinations but on the type of trains. In short, reservations are required for TGVs, some Intercités, but not on regional trains. Other interesting things to know are that in France the amount of reservable seats for Interrail pass holders is limited, so you'd better book the sooner you ...


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Based on this and that help page of voyages-sncf.com, to print your ticket, you only need a chip card (however, the help considers all foreign cards as non-chip cards, probably to avoid complaints): Si votre carte ne dispose pas de puce (carte American Express ou carte étrangère), nous vous invitons à retirer vos billets auprès d’un vendeur en gare. ...


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I can still book ticket on the 8h14 train from SPC, but not in the first class. Anyway, I don't see other solution if you need to be at Paris by 9h30, but you should be able to board the train and showing your ticket to the ticket inspectors : I would not expect any problem if you explain that your train was cancelled and you were unable to change your ...


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I have posed your question to the service team of Deutsche Bahn on Twitter, and the answer is yes. Q: Kann man von DB-Bahnhöfen aus TGV-Tickets kaufen? [...] A: Ja, das geht. Am besten geht er in ein DB Reisezentrum. /jn Translation (by me): Q: Is it possible to buy TGV tickets at DB train stations? [...] A: Yes, that's possible. It would ...


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It's gone ! Official answer on the SNCF Q&A website : Indeed, there are no more 360° stations It seems that what is suggested is to use https://www.gares-sncf.com/fr, where you can find (at least for some stations) a link to googlemap (example for Gare Montparnasse) : https://www.google.fr/maps/place/Gare+Montparnasse/@48.8410203,2.3198307,19z/data=!...


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Whether you can get a refund on a ticket will depend on the fare conditions of that ticket. Your confirmation should make clear of these conditions and you'll have been made aware of them prior to purchase. If you booked a cheap advance fare by TER Corail (in the region of about £18-20) then this will likely be a non flexible meaning it's not refundable ...


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For Paris-Milano you have the option of using Thello, which is a proper night train. The trains are really Paris-Venezia, but they stop in Milano. For these, you don't really book first or second class, but you book your compartment type. You can choose between two types of compartments - Couchette or Cabin. Couchette compartments are pretty basic; ...


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Vueling is just fine. All EU-based airlines are generally safe and Vueling appears to be among the most punctual. It's a low-cost airline so you can expect a bare-bones service compared to long-haul flights on legacy airlines (for short-haul flights, the difference is not large). Low-cost airlines tend to use different terminals or different airports and to ...


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The Thalys rules on bicycle transport are very clear: The rules mention both the thickness of the cover - 135 x 85 x 30 cm - and also specifically state that wheels should be removed and everything should be placed inside the afore-mentioned cover. The cover must be non-rigid i.e. something like a soft bag and not a stiff cardboard box. Any bicycle not ...


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