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Coming to France by train

Coming to France by train or planning to travel by train in the country? All you need to know to organise your journey...

Many trains (with trips during the day and overnight) connect France to other major cities in Europe. Eurail offers rail passes to travel within Europe that can be purchased before you arrive.

To plan your itinerary and make reservations, you can visit Rail Europe (External link)'s website, which combines schedules and fares from over 50 companies across Europe (and sells Eurail passes.)

If you are planning on taking multiple train trips while in Europe, you can take advantage of discounted fares available for small groups (2-5 people), youths and seniors. More information is available through Rail Europe (External link).

Arriving by train from Great Britain

Eurostar is a high-speed train with service from Great Britain to France. It connects Paris, Lille and Calais to London, Ashford (Kent) and Ebbsfleet (Kent), traveling by tunnel underneath the Manche (External link).

Reservations can be made online (External link) or by phone at 0 892 35 35 390 892 35 35 39 (0.34 €/minute).

Arriving by train from the Netherlands and Belgium

Thalys offers up to 25 trains a day to Paris coming from Brussels, Belgium, and also offers direct service from Anvers, Gand, Bruges, Oostende or Amsterdam in the Netherlands and Cologne and Düsseldorf in Germany.

Reservations can be made online (External link) or by phone at: 0 892 35 35 360 892 35 35 36 (0.4 €/minute).

Arriving by train from Germany

From Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich, SNCF and Deutsche Bahn (External link) offer service to Paris and Strasbourg.

Reservations can be made online (External link) through Rail Europe or by phone at:

SNCF: +33 892 35 35 35+33 892 35 35 35

Deutsche Bahn: +49 1806 996633+49 1806 996633

Arriving by train from Switzerland

The TGV Lyria offers service between Geneva, Lausanne, Interlaken, Zurich, Neuchâtel in Switzerland and Paris, as well as French cities in the Mediterranean.

Reservations can be made online (External link) or by phone at +33 892 35 35 35+33 892 35 35 35 (0.34 €/minute).

Arriving by train from Italy

TGV offers service during the day between Paris, Turin and Milan, and Thello's night trains will take you between Paris and Rome, Venice, Florence, Bologna and more while you sleep.

TGV: Reserve online (External link) or by phone at +33 8 92 35 35 35+33 8 92 35 35 35.

Thello: Reserve online (External link) or by phone at + 33 1 83 82 00 00+ 33 1 83 82 00 00.

Arriving by train from Spain

Elipsos connects Barcelona and Madrid to Paris with stops in Perpignan, Limoges, Poitiers and Blois.

Tickets can be booked online (External link) through Rail Europe.

Coming to France via the new Orient Express

This new luxury train service operated by the Russian company RZD links Moscow and Nice in a 48-hour trip across Europe.

Tickets can be booked online (External link) or by phone at + 1 800-524-2420+ 1 800-524-2420 FREE.


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