Trip to France – A Question

So, my threatened trip to France is now being planned.  I’ve got the plane tickets and hotel reservations, which now leads me to the next stage:  figuring out how to get around using the train system.  My sources are contradictory:  buy your tickets well in advance on line, buy them at the station for the best deals, buy tickets through SNCF, don’t buy tickets through Eurorail, there’s a pass, there’s not a pass.

If you’ve had experience traveling through France recently, I’d appreciate any advice that you can give.

Published in: on July 27, 2011 at 5:58 pm  Comments (3)  

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  1. Hello.

    You can buy your tickets in sncf’s railroads, just before trains departure, if places are vacant.

    (i’m french).

    Nice papers.

    TCB

  2. Hi Dan,

    One thing to keep in mind is that train travel in France is often interrupted by strikes. Expect some delays or cancellations.

    As for the tickets, unless you are going far (e.g. to another country), I would just buy them at the machine at the station. I never had any issues with this approach.

  3. In 2004 when I visited France we didn’t buy much of anything in advance and had no problems with the trains, museums etc. So we did the same thing in 2009 and we were stuck siting in train stations waiting for trains with empty seats and re-arranging our schedule to account for availability. The first time I was there in the spring (no problem) second time was the fall (lots of problems). Don’t know if this is the way it is or if it was just chance.


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