Explore France with train tickets and rail passes from Rail Europe

Promoting European rail since 1932, Rail Europe has grown to become the leading global authority on European train travel. No matter where you wish to journey in Europe, Rail Europe provides the inspiration and tools, in local languages and currencies, to chart your own exciting paths.

Rail Europe’s dedicated team of more than 325 employees serve travelers and travel agents around the globe. For more information or to book a trip with Rail Europe, visit raileurope.com (External link).

France by train

Traveling by train means embarking on a European travel experience like no other. Along with comfortable accommodations, picturesque landscapes and charming people, comes a sense of freedom and flexibility.

Begin to experience France, with its rolling vineyards, fine food, and incomparable art from the window of a train. No matter which region in France you want to visit you’ll find the high-speed TGV rail network is the ideal way to travel around the country; connecting travellers from city-center to city-center to over a hundred main cities and towns in France, and even internationally, makes the train an attractive alternative to the plane.

Rail Europe’s comprehensive rail booking tool makes this unique experience possible. To map out your plans, buy tickets and rail passes, as well as make seat reservations, you can visit Rail Europe's (External link) website, which combines schedules and fares from over 50 companies across Europe.

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Consider a rail pass

For more extensive travel itineraries on the national rail network in France, try the Eurail France Rail Pass from Rail Europe (External link). This product is a perfect fit for travel date flexibility, and cost savings, when taking multiple rail journeys in the country. While additional pass holder seat reservations will be required on long-distance trains, regional trains allow passholders the freedom to hop on and hop off whenever and wherever they choose.

Visiting other countries

When travel plans include exploring beyond France’s borders the high-speed trains offer exceptional comfort, quality, amenities and speeds of up to 320 km/h (200 mph) for faster travel times creating more time to explore.

Eurostar
(Britain, France, the Netherlands, Belgium)
Discover London, Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam on Eurostar. Services and amenities offered in 3 classes of service: Standard, Standard Premier (includes meal at your seat), and Business Premier (includes a gourmet meal and lounge access at the station).

Thalys
(Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands)
Travel plans including Paris, Belgium, the Netherlands, and/or Germany should include a ticket on Thalys. Delight in the services on board in 3 classes of service: 2nd class, 1st class (more spacious seating), or Premium (1st class seating with at-seat meal service included).

TGV
(France, Italy, Germany)
TGV trains whisk travelers between all major cities in France, and to international cities including Milan, Frankfurt, and Brussels. Enjoy the ambiance of 2nd class, or upgrade to 1st class for more spacious seating and lounge access at select stations.

TGV LYRIA
(France, Switzerland)
TGV Lyria connects France to Switzerland in jut a few hours. Experience a comfortable ride on board in 3 classes of service: 2nd class, 1st class (more spacious seating), or Business Premier (1st class seating with at-seat meal service included).

France-Spain high-speed train
(France, Spain)
Discover the unique cultures of France and Spain as you are whisked away on the France-Spain High Speed train. Enjoy dramatic view between France and Spain’s main cities: Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, Toulouse, Marseille, Lyon, and more.

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Itineraries

Rail Europe’s journey builder, an interactive rail map, guides you in building your own travel itinerary in France, or anywhere in Europe. Popular theme routes within France include:

The Wine Routes (External link)
• Dijon-Beaune
• Beaune-Chalon-sur-Sâone
• Dijon-Chalon-sur-Sâone
• Chalon-sur-Sâone-Macon
• Macon-Dijon

The Loire Valley (External link)
• Blois-Chambord-Cheverny
• Blois-Onzain-Amboise
• Tours-Chenonceau-Langeais Azay-le-Rideau-Chinon
• Château Royal d’Amboise (Château de Chenonceau, Château du Clos Lucé)

The Côte d'Azur (External link)
• Cannes-Grasse
• Cannes-Antibes

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