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Information About Voyages-SNCF and Rail passes for France and Europe – Day-tripper.net the web magazine for visitors to France.

Rail Europe

Rail Europe. www.voyages-sncf.com

Travel with Rail Europe in France and other European countries

Rail Europe Travel Centre. 193 Piccadilly. London. W1J 9EU.

Opening hours: Weekdays 10.00am to 6.00pm, Saturdays 10.00am to 5.00pm, Sundays and Bank Holidays closed.

Tel: 08705 024 000 / 08705 848 848.

February 2012 – Nice helpful video about transferring between stations in Paris from Rail Europe. www.youtube.com

March 2011 – Fares on overnight Lunea services from Paris to the Alps have been slashed as the curtain closes on this year's ski season. Fares are available from as little as £29 one way.

From 13th December 2009, a high speed rail service to Amsterdam and Cologne (taking about 4 hours) started.

Find out more about Eurostar, the TGV (Europe's high-speed trains) and SNCF, and travel in style and comfort to over 200 destinations in Europe. Rail Europe can also help with destinations that may not use the high-speed network, as well as the Europe Rail pass.

Rail Europe gives you information about; Eurostar, Eurostar Ski Train, Eurostar Direct Avignon, Thello (France to Italy), Elipsos (Spain), SNCF (France), TGV Lyria (Switzerland), Thalys (Brussels and Amsterdam), and the TGV (France). Voyages-SNCF

The advantages of booking with Rail Europe online include:

· No booking fee (a saving of £6)

· Free United Kingdom 1st class delivery

· Access to exclusive online special offers

– You can now book Inter Rail passes.

A very good site which explains in useful detail everything a rail traveller in Europe needs to know is Seat61.com

superbreak – From Superbreak, Eurostar short breaks. Great value Eurostar Breaks are the ideal way to explore some of the best European city break destinations including Paris, Disneyland Paris, Lille, Brussels, Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp and Ostend. www.superbreak.com

About Voyages-SNCF

Rail Europe, the United Kingdom subsidiary of SNCF. For rail travel in France including Eurostar and the TGV. www.voyages-sncf.com

179 Piccadilly, London.

Tel: 08705 024 000 / 08705 848 848.

Open 8.00am – 8.00pm Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm on Saturday, and (July – September only) 10.00am – 4.00pm on Sunday.

TIP; Buy a France Railpass giving you the option of travel on any three to nine days within a one month period. You can stop where you like, it is valid on all trains on the national network including TGV's.

or a France Youthpass

or a Senior Card which costs 56 euro and is valid for a year. This entitles you to 25 or 50% discounts depending on the route (compared with the full unrestricted fare). www.voyages-sncf.com

In general you will get the best value tickets by buying the restricted advance purchase fares called " Prem fares". These are available up to 3 months before travel.

Ski trains – Travel outbound overnight on Friday evening and return overnight the following Saturday evening. Services start on mid December and continue until early April. Travel to; Chambery, Albertville, Moutiers, Aime La Plagne, Bourg St Maurice.

European Rail Passes. www.voyages-sncf.com

You can often save money with a rail pass.

Inter-rail pass

Euro Domino Pass – Eurodomino passes are flexible passes allowing unlimited travel in the relevant country for between three and eight days in a one month period. High speed trains are normally included in the price, but do not include seat reservations.

Terms and conditions apply.

Book a Europe rail pass

Inter Rail passes

If travelling Europe wide consider the Inter-rail pass. Enjoy the freedom of totally flexible travel around Europe and North Africa with an All Zones Inter-Rail Pass. It's the best way to travel, with frequent, reliable, comfortable services straight to the heart of your destination. Great value for money, the All Zones Pass allows you to travel across up to 25 countries in a month. And, you don't have to be under 26 to benefit – Inter-Rail is available to anyone with a sense of adventure! Consider a regional pass if you can as it's much cheaper. There are supplements for all high speed services. www.voyages-sncf.com

French Rail passes

France Railpass – In France they have cards that give reductions of 25 to 50% on normal fares. Examples you may want to consider include; Senior Card, Child Plus Card, Youth Card, Discovery for Two Card, Séjour (return 200km, must include a Saturday night), J8 (if you reserve from 2 months to 8 days before), and the J30 (if you reserve from 2 months to 30 days before). They can run from 3 to 9 days for travel taken within one month.

Saverpass – Saverpass is available when two to five people book and travel together in France. All prices are per person. Other fares are available for children, youths and seniors.

Travel on high-speed TGV trains, classic Corail services and overnight Corail trains across the whole country.

Passes are valid for a month, and you can choose the number of travel days included. Passes can be booked four months in advance.

Book a French rail pass

eurostar to France – Eurostar

Eurostar is the quickest and most stress free way of getting from the United Kingdom to Brussels, Lille, Paris and beyond.

You can now travel to Paris in 2 hours 50 minutes.

www.eurostar.com

Rail travel in France

Motorail – French Autorail (was Motorail)

Tel: 08702 415 415.

The French Autorail service is the perfect way to get you, and your car to the South of France and back.

Just check in your car at Calais and enjoy a leisurely journey to one of six beautiful French destinations. Or, drive down and take it easy at the end of your trip by booking a one-way back to Calais.

Destinations; Calais to Nice via Avignon and Fréjus. Calais to Narbonne via Brive and Toulouse. There is also the Autorail service from Paris (your travel separately from your car which goes to; Avignon, Bordeaux, Brive, Fréjus/St Raphaïl, Lyon, Marseille, Narbonne, Nice, Toulon, and Toulouse.

Take a return journey, or combine your trip with a driving holiday through France. The South of France is also an ideal starting point for a driving holiday in Spain or Italy.

Last minute offers can save up to £175 on a return journey, or £100 on return one-way journeys in June.

Comfortable, private overnight accommodation and the assistance of our bilingual on bard Travel Supervisors add to the experience.

When you arrive, you'll just have time for breakfast before collecting your car and starting your holiday.

French Autorail are able to transport most makes of car, as well as motorbikes, and on selected routes, 4 x 4 vehicles.

SNCF – SNCF / TER. www.sncf.co.uk

Tel: 08705 848 848

SNCF offer many different types of trains. If you are going to make extensive use of the train, familiarize yourself with the different names and their meanings.

The SNCF is divided into five systems (East, North, West, Southeast and Southwest), and provides transportaion within France's 22 regions. In Paris, there is the Transilien service, operated by SNCF.

TGV (train à grande vitesse) – are high speed trains servicing major cities. You must have a reservation to travel by TGV. Price includes travel ticket, seat reservation and meal service. If you have a rail pass, you do not need to pay for a supplement, but you still have to pay for the reservation. Make your reservation several hours in advance, as the reservation wicket may close.

Rapide – train stopping only at major cities.

Express – long-distance train stopping at both large and middle-sized cities.

Train de banlieue – commuter train carrying passengers to and from the suburbs of major towns and cities.

Corail – a modern set of train cars, usually with a dining car.

Trans Europe Express (TEE) – generally, a non-stop fast train between major European cities.

Book an SNCF rail ticket

Snow Trains

TGV FranceTGV High Speed Trains

Maps for train routes

For TGV routes, try the Institut Géographique National map 912 "La France en Train".

Useful Outside links

Protect my holiday – Protect my Holiday. This company offers insolvency cover. www.protectmyholiday.com

SNCF French railways. www.sncf.co.uk

Trains times – departures and arrivals from French stations. www.gares-en-mouvement.com

Rail Europe. www.voyages-sncf.com

Seat 61 – a personal site with useful information. www.seat61.com

say no to 0870 – Say NO to 0870. www.saynoto0870.com

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