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.
To plan your itinerary and make reservations, you can visit Rail Europe 's website, which combines schedules and fares from over 50 companies across Europe (and also sells Eurail passes—more on that below). You can visit Rail Europe's website to plan your itinerary, buy tickets and passes, as well as make seat reservations and use Rail Europe’s journey builder, an interactive rail map to help you build your own France, or European, travel itinerary.
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 , or by calling the Rail Europe Customer Care Center at (800) 622-8600.
Another option is to plan your trip with ease using Trainline , Europe’s leading train and bus app. Simply pop in your destinations, start a search, and compare times and fares in an instant
Eurail offers rail passes to travel within Europe that can be purchased before you arrive.
The TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) is a fast, comfortable, and convenient way to travel both within and beyond France. High-speed rail service connects over 230 cities within France and in several neighboring countries.
TER (Transport Express Régional) trains allow the possibility to explore the France less traveled, offering regional service from major cities to small towns and villages.
The TGV rail network links seamlessly with the national rail networks of neighboring countries, allowing you to reach France from London, Brussels, Barcelona, Geneva, Milan, and more in just a few hours.
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.
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.
Reservations can be made online or by phone at: +32 70 66 77 88 (max. € 0.30/min).
Arriving by train from Germany
SNCF and Deutsche Bahn offer high-speed train service from major German cities such as Frankfurt, Stuttgart, and Munich to Paris and Marseille.
SNCF: +33 892 35 35 35
Deutsche Bahn: 0044 (0) 8718 80 80 66 (costs depend on provider) or 001 (0) 646 88 33 264 (costs depend on provider)
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 or by phone at 0848 44 66 88 (CHF 0.08/Min).
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
Thello: Reserve online or by phone at : +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 also can be booked online 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 or by phone at + 1 800-524-2420.
Find out more:
- More information from Rail Europe
- More information from Eurostar
- More information from Eurail
- More information from Thalys
- More information from Deutsche Bahn
- More information from TGV Lyria
- More information from TGV France-Italy
- More information from Thello
- More information on the Orient Express
- European trains