Reasons to travel with Rail Europe

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  • © Rail Europe

    © Rail Europe

Reasons to travel with Rail Europe Paris fr

Travel to more than 15,000 destinations with Rail Europe 

There’s nothing like the excitement and anticipation you feel when booking a holiday to Europe. With so many diverse cultures and experiences so close together, you can be have Breakfast in Paris and dinner in Barcelona on the same day. Travelling around Europe has never been easier, with a network of high speed, scenic and commuter trains bringing the continent together like never before.

Getting there:

● Paris and London are just 2h15 apart, thanks to the Eurostar. From city centre to city centre,Eurostar takes you from Saint Pancras International to Paris Gare du Nord through the Channel Tunnel.

Thalys, the famous high speed red train, links Paris to nearby European cities. Brussels (Belgium) can be reached in 1h22, whereas Amsterdam (the Netherlands) or Cologne (Germany) can be reached in 3h16.

● The high speed TGV Lyria connects France to Switzerland, with travel durations ranging from 3 to 4 hours. Travellers can conveniently reach Zürich (4h03), Geneva (3h05), Lausanne (3h34), Bern (4h33) and Basel (3h03) from Paris or the south of France. 

● Paris is also easily accessible by TGV and ICE running from Frankfurt (3h49) and Münich (6h07). City Night Line trains run from Berlin, Hamburg and Münich to Paris.

● Travelling at up to 270 km/h, the TGV France-Italy operates 3 daily connections between Milan and Paris.

● As for the France-Spain High Speed, it connects Barcelona to Paris in 6h25 and reaches Montpellier from Barcelona in 2H50.

Getting around:

● The French extensive French railway network is one of the most developed and best performing in the world. You can travel on the 31 000 km of the French Rail network aboard some of the most modern and comfortable trains, including the famous TGV (the French high speed train, running at up to 320 km/h) as well as scenic and regional trains. Stations are located in the city centre, avoid, eliminate sitting in traffic jams and bypassing airport lines and wait times.

● High speed trains: travelling up to 320 km/h (200mph), one of the fastest and most famous trains in the world, the Train à Grande Vitesse (TGV) will allow you to reach over 450 destinations in France including every major city.

● Local trains: Travelling between regional cities and towns, local trains are the best way to enjoy the French countryside and admire wonderful landscapes. They stop at every little town or village, offering you the possibility to discover the heart of a region.

● Overnight and scenic trains: Travel on an overnight train and save both time and money! Fall asleep in Paris and wake-up refreshed in the morning in the French Riviera, the Alps or the Pyrénées. You will save money on hotel accommodation and have a full day ahead to enjoy your destination. For a real treat, take a scenic train to experience some of France’s most stunning sceneries. 

One of the most cost effective and flexible options to travel in France is the France Rail Pass allowing unlimited rail travel throughout the country. The France Rail Pass is available for specific periods of time and therefore can be purchased to suit any itinerary. The France Rail Pass also offers “saver” versions (for 2 to 5 people travelling together), “senior” (for people of 60 years of age) and “youth” (for young travellers of less than 26 years).
For travellers who do not need to travel intensively during their stay in France, Point to Point tickets are available to travel from one city to another.
Travellers from Australia have the opportunity to purchase and book train tickets before departing to Europe. This is the best way to ensure a seat on selected trains at the best price, especially during peak seasons. Reservations are compulsory aboard most of French trains, including the TGV.
For people planning their trip to France, Rail Europe proposes a suggestion of rail itineraries on

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Rail Europe, a joint venture of the French National Railways (SNCF) and the Swiss National Railways (SBB), is the world's largest distribution network of European Railways' products and the official distributor of the France Rail Pass. Through its distribution network and websites, Rail Europe allows travellers from all over the world to easily, smoothly and securely book all their rail journeys in Europe.

Passes and tickets can be purchased on or through Rail Europe’s GSAs:

Amigo Travels - 022 61111234

Cox & Kings - 1800 209 0400

MakeMyTrip - 1800 102 8747

Strawberi Holidays - 1800 229 080

Ottila International - 022 6720 4844

Kuoni SOTC - 1800 209 3344

Travel Air Representations - 080 4480 0800

TUI - 011 4357 5247-9

Thomas Cook - 1800 209 9100 

Swiss Tours - 022 67127340

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