Trains de Londres à France à partir de 40 € – Meilleures destinations pour des vacances en été€

Londres à Nice, Bordeaux,
Marseille ou Lyon à partir de € 68 …

… par Eurostar et TGV à grande vitesse. À partir de 120 € aller-retour.
Pas de frais de bagages, pas de
taxes d’aéroport, moins de stress, jusqu’à 90% moins de CO2, directement au
centre ville, enfants de moins de 4 ans
libre. Réservez en ligne ici

La zone d'exclusion aérienne …
TGV à deux niveaux vers Nice,
embarquement à Paris Gare de Lyon.

Prendre un train à grande vitesse pour
France…

C'est l'alternative civilisée au vol. Prenez Eurostar de
Londres à Lille ou Paris, puis un TGV à 186 km / h
à travers la campagne française avec un verre de vin rouge à la main de Lille ou
Paris à Avignon, Marseille, Nice, Nîmes, Montpellier, Perpignan, Lyon,
Bordeaux, Toulouse, Rennes ou Nantes … C'est confortable et abordable: Londres à Lyon ou Bordeaux à partir de 62 €
aller simple ou 110 € aller-retour,
Londres à Nice, Marseille ou Perpignan à partir de 68 € aller simple ou 120 € aller-retour.
C'est centre-ville à centre-ville, non
frais de bagages, pas de taxes d'aéroport,
beaucoup moins d'impact sur le
environnement et les nourrissons sont libres. Apporter
votre propre bouteille de vin si vous aimez, pas de règles à ce sujet
les rails!

Choisissez votre destination:

Londres à …
Aime la
Plagne
Aix en Provence
Aix les Bains
Ajaccio
Amiens
Angers
Angouleme

Annecy
Antibes
Avignon
Bastia
Bayonne
Beaulieu sur Mer
Béziers
Biarritz
Bordeaux
Boulogne
Bourg st maurice
Brive la Gaillard
Caen
Cahors
Calais
Cannes
Carcassonne
Chambéry
Chamonix
Cherbourg
la Corse
Dax
Disneyland
Paris
Etaples
Juan les Pins
Le Havre
le Mans
Les Arcs (Alpes)
Le touquet
Lille
Lourdes
Limoges
Lyon
Marseille
Menton
Méribel
Monaco – Monte Carlo
Montpellier
Mont st michel
Moutiers
Nancy
Nantes
Narbonne
Agréable
Nîmes
Paris (par Eurostar)
Paris (en train +
traversier)
Perpignan
Poitiers
Rennes
St Gervais
St Jean de Luz
St Malo
St Lo
St Rapahel
St. Tropez
Strasbourg
Tarbes
Tignes
Toulon
Toulouse
Trois Vallées
Val d'Isere
Versailles – Chateau Versailles
Villefranche sur mer

Horaires de train, tarifs et billets …

Londres à Paris

Autres villes du Royaume-Uni à
Paris, France

Londres à Disneyland &
Versailles

Londres à Nice, Cannes, S.Tropez, Monaco,
Toulon

Londres à Avignon,
Aix-en-Provence, Marseille

Londres à Nîmes et Montpellier

Londres à Narbonne, Carcassonne,
Perpignan

Londres à Biarritz, Irun, Lourdes et Tarbes

Londres à Lyon et Grenoble

Londres à Bordeaux

Londres à Strasbourg

Londres à Limoges, Brive, Cahors, Toulouse

Londres à Vichy et Clermont Ferrand

Londres au Mans, Angers, Rennes et Nantes

Londres à la Normandie

Londres au Mont St Michel

Londres à
Calais, Lille, Amiens et le nord de la France

Londres à Bourg St M, Chamonix et Alpes françaises

Londres en Corse

Londres vers toute autre destination en France

Informations Eurostar et enregistrement
procédures

Commencez votre voyage depuis d'autres villes du Royaume-Uni

Comment traverser Paris en métro ou en taxi

Changer de train à Lille

Comment acheter des billets de train à partir de
Royaume-Uni à la France

Voyage en train en France …

Voyage en train en France, guide du débutant

Que sont les TGV français
comme?

Que sont les français du jour au lendemain
trains aiment?

Paris à Nice en TGV

Trains internationaux vers et depuis la France …

Trains de Paris à autre
Villes européennes

Trains de Nice à autre
Villes européennes

Trains depuis d'autres villes européennes vers Paris

Les guides de la station …

Guide des stations: Londres
St Pancras

Guide des stations: Lille
L'Europe 

Guide des stations: Paris Gare
du Nord

Guide des stations: Paris Gare
de l'Est

Guide des stations: Paris Gare
de Lyon

Guide des stations: Paris Gare
d'Austerlitz

Guide des stations: Paris Gare
Montparnasse

Guide des stations: Paris Gare
de Bercy

Restaurant Train Bleu à Paris Gare de Lyon

Autres informations utiles …

Informations utiles sur le pays – indicatif, informations touristiques …

Informations générales sur les voyages en train en Europe

Bagage
sur les trains et à gauche
bagages dans les gares

Limites d'âge et voyager avec
des gamins

Prendre son vélo et prendre son chien

Prise
votre voiture – motorail

Siège de train
plans de numérotation

Laissez-passer Eurail – pour les visiteurs d'outre-mer

Pass InterRail – pour
Résidents européens

Personnes handicapées

Hôtels et hébergements en France

Courts séjours en France par
train

Vacances et circuits en France par
train

Vacances de ski dans les Alpes françaises
en train

Location de voiture en France

Assurance voyage et cartes de santé de l'UE

Londres à Paris:

Voir la page Eurostar

Eurostar est le
train de voyageurs à grande vitesse de London St Pancras à
Paris Gare du Nord par le tunnel sous la Manche, en seulement 2 heures 15 minutes de marche
à 300 km / h (186 mph). En règle générale, 95% des trains Eurostar circulent sur
temps ou dans
15 minutes, contre seulement 63% à 69% des vols sur les mêmes liaisons, et il n’est pas surprenant que Eurostar ait maintenant
capturé plus de 70% du marché Londres-Paris depuis le
les compagnies aériennes. Pour plus d’informations sur les 3 classes à bord, les procédures d’enregistrement, le rangement des bagages, la nourriture et les boissons,
& conseils pour choisir les meilleures places, voir le London to Paris
par page Eurostar.

Les tarifs Eurostar fonctionnent comme les tarifs aériens, alors réservez
à l'avance pour les places les moins chères. Les tarifs commencent à
44 € aller simple ou 58 € aller-retour en 2e classe, 112 € aller simple ou 169 € aller-retour en première classe (disponibilité limitée, pas de remboursement ni de modification)
plans de voyage). Certains Eurostars s'arrêtent à Ebbsfleet & Ashford dans le Kent,
beaucoup font escale à Lille dans le nord de la France, quelques escales à Calais
Gare de Fréthun à quelques kilomètres de Calais. Vous pouvez réserver en ligne à

www.eurostar.com avec des billets à imprimer à domicile, ou vous pouvez les récupérer à
les distributeurs de billets électroniques au
station. Vous pouvez réserver par téléphone en appelant Eurostar au 03432 186 186 (+44
1233 617575 hors du Royaume-Uni). Les réservations Eurostar ouvertes 120 jours avant
départ, ou à certaines périodes jusqu’à 180 jours. Conseils sur
choisir un siège Eurostar spécifique.

Courts séjours à Paris …

Pour des séjours pas chers du Royaume-Uni
à Paris combinant Eurostar avec un hôtel, vérifiez les entreprises suivantes. UNE
court séjour peut être moins cher que
réserver l’Eurostar et un hôtel séparément – et dans certains cas si vous avez besoin de
voyager à court terme, moins cher que
un billet Eurostar régulier, si le
les tarifs les moins chers sont épuisés.

Chemins de fer,

www.railbookers.co.uk

Eurostar eux-mêmes,
www.eurostar.com

Dernière minute,
www.lastminute.com

French Travel Service, www.f-t-s.co.uk, 0844 84 888 43 (veuillez indiquer «seat61» lors de la réservation).

C'est encore possible
voyager de Londres à Paris en train et ferry si vous
veux, bien que cela prenne 9 heures
et vous devez maintenant acheter des billets de train et de ferry séparés.

Cela coûte aussi
plus qu'un billet aller-retour pas cher sur Eurostar. Mais vous naviguez sur la Manche
des falaises blanches de Douvres, vous évitez de passer par
le tunnel sous la Manche si c'est un problème pour vous, et si vous
voyager très rapidement, il peut parfois être difficile
moins cher. Pour plus d'informations
voir le London to Paris
en train et ferry page.

Centres régionaux britanniques à Paris
avec un billet Eurostar …

Vous pouvez acheter des billets pour Paris à partir de plus de 100 grandes villes britanniques
et les grandes villes utilisant

www.eurostar.com. Tapez simplement le nom de la station dans le calculateur de trajet
et voir si c'est reconnu. Edimbourg, Glasgow, Leeds, York, Manchester,
Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff sont tous reconnus, de même que les grandes villes
comme Reading, Basingstoke, High Wycombe ou Milton Keynes, bien que plus petite
les villes et villages ne sont pas inclus. Un billet Eurostar est généralement
beaucoup moins cher que d'acheter un billet de train séparé pour Londres. Tu dois utiliser
la version britannique de

www.eurostar.com pour que le paiement soit pris en livres – même si vous vivez dans
France et veulent un billet Paris-York!
Voir plus d'informations sur
Eurostar à travers les billets et comment ils fonctionnent ici.

Royaume-Uni villes et villes à Paris
avec billets de train Eurostar et UK séparés …

Alternativement, même si votre station locale ne fait pas partie des 100 + sélectionnés par Eurostar
stations, vous pouvez généralement acheter un billet séparé pour une destination spéciale appelée
London International CIV, conçu pour
utiliser avec des billets Eurostar. Ceux-ci existent dans la plupart des stations de
La Grande-Bretagne, ils comprennent le métro
traverser Londres à St Pancras si nécessaire, ils ont
ont généralement
peu ou pas de restrictions de temps (donc un prix hors pointe s'applique même en période de pointe), et vous êtes couvert par la CIV internationale
conditions de transport donc s'il y a un retard pour le train britannique et vous manquez votre
Eurostar, vous avez le droit d’être réservé à une date ultérieure, sans problème.
Pour plus de détails et pour vérifier les prix et acheter
billets de votre
station locale à London International,
voir le comment
acheter un billet de train britannique.

Toute station de Grande-Bretagne à n’importe où en France avec
www.loco2.com …

À
www.loco2.com
vous pouvez réserver depuis n'importe quelle station britannique vers Paris ou n'importe où en France en une seule transaction.
Il ajoute simplement un billet de votre station britannique choisie au London International CIV
(comme décrit ci-dessus) à un Eurostar ultérieur
Billet de train français.

Ouest de l'Angleterre ou la côte sud jusqu'à Paris …

En ferry + train: Si vous habitez dans l'ouest
Pays ou le long de la côte sud, envisager une traversée en ferry
de Plymouth, Poole, Southampton, Portsmouth ou
Newhaven
en France, puis un train
à partir de Paris. Vérifiez d'abord les itinéraires, les horaires et les tarifs du ferry
Seat61 Ferry shop (toutes les routes et
opérateurs), ou à

www.brittany-ferries.co.uk,

www.ldlines.co.uk
ou
www.condorferries.co.uk. Puis vérifiez au Royaume-Uni
temps de train de votre gare locale au port du Royaume-Uni en utilisant
www.nationalrail.co.uk.
Enfin, vérifiez les horaires de train et les tarifs du port français à Paris et réservez en ligne
à
www.loco2.com.
Prévoyez au moins une heure, de préférence 90 minutes, entre le train et le ferry à la fois
côtés de la Manche.

Par nuit Riviera dormant + Eurostar:
De Devon ou de Cornwall, vous pouvez également utiliser la nuit
Train de nuit Night Riviera à Londres puis un matin
Eurostar à Paris,

pour plus de détails voir ici.

L'Ecosse à Paris …

En train de jour … Vous pouvez
acheter par
billets aller-retour de Glasgow ou Edimbourg à Paris avec un train interurbain de jour
Eurostar au

Site internet Eurostar. Cela arrive parfois (à tort) avec 'pas de train
disponible ', mais vous pouvez toujours acheter un billet séparé entre Écosse et Londres
CIV international comme expliqué ici.

Par Caledonian Sleeper + Eurostar: un moyen rapide d'éviter de voler
est de sauter sur la nuit Caledonian Sleeper d'Inverness, Aviemore,
Aberdeen, Perth, Dundee, Fort William, Glasgow, Édimbourg à Londres, puis prenez une matinée
Eurostar à Paris.
Voir le calédonien
Page de dormeur pour plus de détails.

Belfast ou Dublin à Paris …

Belfast ou Dublin à
Paris avec Eurostar, via Londres: vous pouvez acheter un
billet de train + ferry SailRail pas cher de Belfast à Londres pour € 53, ou de Dublin à
Londres pour 50 € aller simple, voir
la page Irlande du Nord ou la page Irlande pour les horaires,
tarifs et détails complets. Réservez ensuite l'Eurostar séparément à

www.eurostar.com, à partir de 45 € aller simple ou 58 € aller-retour. Prévoyez suffisamment de temps pour traverser Londres, y compris
l’enregistrement Eurostar et tout retard dans votre train depuis l’Ecosse ou le
Holyhead à Londres. Lors de la connexion avec un non modifiable, non remboursable
Eurostar, sachez que les ferries de croisière tout temps sont très fiables,
mais les ferries rapides peuvent être annulés par mauvais temps.

Belfast ou Dublin à Paris en utilisant le Rosslare-France
ou les ferries Cork-France,
éviter Londres:
Voyagez en train de Dublin à Dublin puis
Dublin à Rosslare ou Cork (voir

www.irishrail.ie), puis naviguez soit en croisière Irish Ferries
ferry de Rosslare à Roscoff ou Cherbourg en France (voir

www.irishferries.com) ou par les ferries bretons (www.brittany-ferries.co.uk)
de Cork à Roscoff ou Cherbourg pour un train à Paris (voir
www.loco2.com). Pour planifier cela, commencez par
vérifier les dates et heures de navigation du ferry à

www.irishferries.com ou www.brittany-ferries.co.uk. Alors travaillez le meilleur
connexion de Dublin à Rosslare ou Cork en utilisant

www.irishrail.ie, puis la connexion de Belfast également
à

www.irishrail.ie.

Londres à Disneyland
par
Eurostar direct …

Un Eurostar court
direct de Londres à Disneyland Paris les lundis, mercredis, vendredis et dimanches
à des dates supplémentaires pendant les vacances scolaires).
Il quitte Londres St Pancras à 10h14, en appelant à Ebbsfleet
10h34, Ashford à
10h58 et arrivée à Marne la Vallée-Chessy,
la station juste à côté de Disneyland Paris, à 14h03.
L'entrée du parc Disneyland, des studios Disney et de Planet
Hollywood est juste à l'extérieur de la gare sur la droite.
Vérifiez les jours de course et réservez en ligne à
www.eurostar.com.

En revenant, l'Eurostar
quitte Marne la Vallée-Chessy (Disneyland) les vendredis et dimanches à 16h55,
arrivée à Ashford 18h06, Ebbsfleet 18h27 et
Londres St Pancras à 18h47.
Il fonctionne également les lundis et mercredis à 18h01 en arrivant à Ashford
19h04, Ebbsfleet 19h26 et Londres 19h46. N'oubliez pas de permettre
l'enregistrement de 30 minutes à l'Eurostar, au dernier étage de Marne la Vallée-Chessy
station.

Voir
www.disneylandparis.com
réserver des vacances et des courts séjours à Disneyland Paris, y compris le
Eurostar, hébergement à l'hôtel et entrée au parc Disneyland ou acheter
Billets Eurostar séparément à
www.eurostar.com.

Si le direct
Eurostar est complet ou trop cher, ne vous inquiétez pas. Vous pouvez réserver un
Eurostar Londres-Paris régulier à
www.eurostar.com alors
utilisez simplement le RER toutes les 15 minutes entre Paris Nord et Marne-la-Vallée-Chessy
(Disneyland), changement à Châtelet-les-Halles ou à la gare de Lyon, temps de trajet environ
58 minutes, coûte quelques euros OU vous pouvez essayer
www.loco2.com
réserver un voyage de Londres à Marne la Vallée avec Eurostar et
TGV français avec
un changement facile à Lille.

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Comment se rendre au château de Versailles …

Le célèbre château
à Versailles (www.chateauversailles.fr) est
30-40 minutes au sud-ouest du centre de Paris en métro express fréquent
train sur le RER C jusqu'à la gare de Versailles-Rive Gauche.
Versailles-Rive Gauche est à 5 minutes à pied de l'entrée
au château. Il suffit d'acheter un billet Eurostar pour Paris à l'adresse
www.eurostar.com alors
achetez un billet RER du centre de Paris (zone 1) à Versailles (zone 4) lorsque vous
Pour y arriver, le tarif est légèrement supérieur à 4 € par trajet. La ligne C du RER dessert directement
Versailles Chateau – Rive Gauche from
diverses stations de RER / métro du centre de Paris, y compris la gare
d'Austerlitz, St Michel Notre Dame, Musée d'Orsay,
Invalides et Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel. Du
Gare du Nord, prenez le RER ligne B deux arrêts jusqu'à St Michel-Notre
Dame, puis changer pour le RER C jusqu'à Versailles-Rive Gauche. Voir
www.ratp.fr pour un plan du
RER et réseau de métro Vous pouvez consulter les horaires du RER C sur cet itinéraire à l'adresse suivante:
www.transilien.com.

Conseil de voyage: un moyen plus agréable d’atteindre Versailles depuis
Paris central pour aller à la gare St Lazare et prendre la ligne L Transilien vers Versailles-Rive Droite. Ces transilien
trains de banlieue circulent toutes les 15 minutes et prennent à peu près le même
comme le RER C, mais contrairement au RER C, presque tous les
voyage est au-dessus du sol avec vue sur les riches parisiens
banlieue, une traversée de la Seine et les tours du financier
quartier à la Défense. Vous arrivez à Versailles-Rive
Droite qui est une promenade un peu plus longue du château, mais
vous vous promenez dans la vieille ville et pouvez entrer dans le
château à travers ses jardins au Bassin de Neptune
plutôt que par le parking comme avec la promenade de
Versailles-Rive Gauche. Voir
www.transilien.com.

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Détendez-vous en train jusqu'à Nice …

Déjeuner au train
Restaurant Bleu, puis baladez vous vers votre TGV. Il n'y a pas de check-in à s'inquiéter
sur.

Se détendre. Une table pour deux en première classe, pont supérieur sur un
Duplex TGV de Paris à Nice,
parfait…

Chill … Apportez votre pique-nique et du vin ou visitez le café-bar. Vous arrivez au centre de Nice.

Londres à Nice en train à partir de 68 € …

Il est facile de voyager de Londres
ou n'importe où au Royaume-Uni à Cannes, Nice ou Monte Carlo en
Eurostar et
TGV à grande vitesse, une occasion de se détendre avec
un bon livre et un verre de vin, et peut-être même déjeuner à Paris sur le chemin.
C'est aussi abordable, avec des tarifs bon marché si vous réservez à l'avance, centre à centre
sans frais cachés. Malheureusement, le train de nuit Paris-Nice
a été interrompu en décembre 2017.

Quelles sont les options?

Option 1, via Lille:
Par
Eurostar à
Lille Europe, un simple changement de même station, puis
TGV de Lille à Marseille et un train de correspondance à Nice. C’est l’option la plus simple si vous avez
beaucoup de
bagages, enfants ou problèmes de mobilité, car il n’est pas nécessaire de traverser Paris.

Option 2, via Paris:
Par
Eurostar à
Paris Gare du Nord, alors impressionnant à deux étages
TGV Duplex à partir de
Paris Gare
de Lyon à Nice. C'est l'option la plus rapide, avec un plus grand choix de départs
& souvent
des tarifs moins chers que via Lille. Que diriez-vous d'un déjeuner à Paris au fabuleux
Le restaurant Train Bleu?

Option 3, en utilisant le
trains Ouigo à faible coût: par
Eurostar à
Paris Gare du Nord,
puis par la France low-cost haute-vitesse budget-compagnie aérienne sur rails de
Paris Gare
de Lyon à Nice. Les tarifs Ouigo Paris-Nice commencent à 19 € seulement, mais
c'est un train sans fioritures.

Comment est le trajet en train jusqu'à Nice?

Se remettre dans
votre place TGV et regardez le paysage défiler devant un verre
du rouge à la main. De Lille ou de Paris jusqu'à Lyon, le TGV
passe de riches terres agricoles verdoyantes et de pittoresques villages français
jolies églises. Au sud de Lyon, le TGV vole à
niveau du sol le long du Rhône
Vallée, traversée et re-traversée du Rhône
sur des viaducs spectaculaires au-dessus du fond de la vallée,
en passant plus de jolis villages et le sommet occasionnel
château, puis à travers les collines de Provence pour atteindre Marseille. Regarder
pour un énorme viaduc sur le Rhône juste avant
Avignon, avec vue à gauche sur le célèbre Palais des Papes –
mais si vous voyez quelqu'un qui danse sur le pont
d'Avignon tu as une meilleure vue que moi! Vous allez
voir les contreforts alpins au loin à gauche et apercevoir le port de Marseille avec son château d'If
du comte de Monte Cristo célèbre à droite avant
en arrivant à la gare de Marseille St Charles. Si vous êtes
à destination de Cannes, Nice ou Monte Carlo, le paysage le long de la
La Côte d'Azur est magnifique,
le train longe la côte devant un yacht rempli
ports, plages, calanques et villas de millionnaires. Prendre
une bouteille de votre vin préféré avec vous (il n'y a pas de règles
contre cela sur les rails), levez les pieds et profitez de la
balade…

L’homme au siège 61 dit: "Assister à une
conférence
sur la Côte d'Azur, j'ai voyagé de Londres à Nice
en train. Un matin d’Eurostar à Paris, déjeuner à
le restaurant Train Bleu à la gare de Lyon, puis un
après midi
Duplex TGV au sud de
France, avec un siège Club Duo de 1ère classe sur le pont supérieur.
Merveilleux! Je levai les pieds et me détendis, regardai le
Les villages français de la vallée du Rhône passent,
rattrapé ma lecture et mes courriels et
regardé un film sur mon iPhone. A tous ceux qui n'ont connu que le stress de
aéroports, vols et autoroutes, se détendre en train à grande vitesse est un
révélation…"

Regarder
le guide vidéo: A bord d'un TGV Duplex à deux étages (Paris-Nice)

Regarder
le guide vidéo: A bord d'un TGV Christian Lacroix à un pont (Lille-Nice)

Pour plus de photos du trajet en train
de Paris ou Lille à
Nice, voir le
Paris à Nice par train page. Photo gracieuseté de Mike Sloan.

Option 1,
Londres à Nice via
Lille …

C'est l'option la plus facile
pas besoin de traverser Paris, un seul échange facile en gare même à Lille
& Lyon.
Prenez un Eurostar de
Londres St Pancras à
Lille Europe et passez en direct
TGV à
Lyon Part Dieu en contournant Paris,
et changer sur un autre
TGV de Lyon à Toulon, St Raphaël, Cannes,
Antibes ou Nice. Idéal
si vous avez des bagages, des enfants ou des problèmes de mobilité. Mais pour un choix plus large de
et, dans de nombreux cas, des tarifs plus avantageux, consultez également les trajets via Paris en
option 2 ci-dessous.
Conseils pour changer
trains à Lille. Par ailleurs, le TGV Lille-Nice direct était
arrêté en décembre 2018, d’où le changement à Lyon.

Comment
lire ces horaires: c’est facile, vous lisez à la baisse chaque colonne
est un voyage que vous pouvez faire. Vous
changer de train à la barre grise.

Comment acheter des billets
A quoi ressemble Eurostar? Comment sont les TGV?
Conseils pour changer de train à Lille

Comment arriver à St Tropez, Monte Carlo, Juan les Pins, Menton
Aucun Eurostars ne sera exécuté le 25 décembre.

Toujours vérifier les horaires de train pour
vos dates spécifiques en utilisant
www.loco2.com
ou
www.trainline.eu,
comme les horaires indiqués ne tiennent pas compte des changements d’horaire quotidiens.
Ne réservez aucun billet Eurostar avant d'avoir confirmé les horaires des trains.

Nice ► Londres

TER
train régional, 2e classe seulement

Lun-ven

samedi

dimanche

Nice Ville

partir

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08h13

11h23

Antibes

partir

08h37

11h39

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11h39

08h37

11h39

Cannes

partir

08h50

11h52

08h50

11h52

08h50

11h52

St Raphael pour
St. Tropez

partir

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09h18

12h19

Toulon

partir

10h16

13h16

10h16

13h16

10h16

13h16

Marseille
St Charles

partir

11h02

14h01

11h02

14h01

11h02

14h01

Changer à Marseille en TGV

Marseille
St Charles

partir

12h12

15h14

12h12

15h14

12h12

15h14

Lille
L'Europe 

arrivée

16:56

19:56

16:56

19:56

16:56

19:56

Changement facile à Lille sur
Eurostar,
rappelez-vous les 30 minutes d'enregistrement

Lille
L'Europe 

partir

18h35

21h00

18h35

21h00

18h35

21h00

Londres
St Pancras

arrivée

19h13

21h33

19h13

21h33

19h03

21h33

Combien ça coûte?

Offre Eurostar combinée
Tarifs Eurostar + TGV à partir de
Londres à Nice, Cannes, Antibes ou Toulon, à partir de
à € 68 aller simple ou € 120 aller-retour en 2e classe, € 134 aller simple
ou € 238 aller-retour en première classe
via Paris ou Lille. Comme les tarifs aériens, les tarifs augmentent à mesure que le moins cher
les places sont vendues, alors réservez tôt et magasinez pour le départ le moins cher.
Vérifiez le système de réservation en ligne
pour voir les prix pour votre date de
Voyage.

Gratuit pour les enfants de moins de 4 ans. Enfants 4 ans et moins
12
63 € aller simple, 111 € aller-retour. Tarifs jeunesse (âge
12-25) à partir de 65 € aller simple, 114 € aller-retour.

Comment acheter des billets …

Le TGV direct Lille-Nice est
d'habitude
TGV à un niveau avec
un intérieur de designer Christian Lacroix comme indiqué ci-dessous, mais vous pouvez trouver ce
Le train est composé de deux unités TGV, dont l’une est une
TGV Duplex à impériale.
Vous pouvez indiquer le type de TGV que vous réservez si vous utilisez
www.loco2.com
ou
www.trainline.eu
comme les deux sites vous donnera l'option d'un siège à l'étage ou en bas si c'est
un duplex. Si vous n’avez pas ce choix, c’est un bateau à un étage.

2e classe
avec des sièges et des tables mixtes ou unidirectionnels pour 4 personnes. Les sièges sont 2 + 2
sur la largeur de la voiture.

Photo panoramique.

1ère classe
avec une combinaison de sièges unidirectionnels, de sièges solo, de tables pour 2 et 4 personnes.
Sièges 2 + 1 sur la largeur de la voiture.

Photo panoramique.

La gare de Nice Ville était
construit en 1867. Il est à distance de marche du front de mer et
Promenade des Anglais …

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Option 2, Londres à Nice via Paris …

C'est l'option la plus rapide, la moins chère et la plus fréquente, si cela ne vous dérange pas de changer
trains et gares à Paris.
Prenez Eurostar de
Londres St Pancras à
Paris Gare du Nord à
seulement 2h16, changer de station
Paris en métro ou en taxi comme expliqué ici, puis prenez une vitesse de 200 km / h
TGV Duplex à deux étages à partir de
Paris Gare de Lyon à Nice en 5h37. Même si un changement de station identique
Lille est plus facile, vous trouverez un plus large éventail de départs via Paris, et généralement
des tarifs moins chers disponibles. Pourquoi ne pas prendre un Eurostar plus tôt et déjeuner?
au fabuleux Train Bleu
restaurant
à l'intérieur de la gare de Lyon avant de se détendre sur un TGV Duplex de l'après-midi au
Sud ensoleillé de la France? Pour un compte rendu du voyage en images,
voir le Paris à Nice
par page de train.

Londres
► Nice

Eurostar, 30 minutes d'enregistrement

Les lundis et vendredis

les samedis

les dimanches

Londres
St Pancras

partir

05: 40 *

09h22

10:24

20h01

09h24

11h31

20h01

09h24

10:24

11h31

20h31

Paris
Gare du Nord

arrivée

09: 17 *

12h47

13h47

23h17

12h47

14h47

23h17

12h47

13h47

14h47

23h47

Traverser Paris par
métro ou taxi jusqu'au
Paris Gare
de Lyon
                  

et à bord d'un
TGV Duplex Rapide …

Paris Gare de Lyon

partir

10:19

14h11

15h07

09h07

14h11

16h02

09h07

14h11

15h07

16h02

09h07

Toulon

arrivée

14h15

18h22

19h13

11h15

18h22

20h13

11h15

18h22

19h13

20h13

11h15

St Raphael

arrivée

15h10

19h11

20h02

|

19h11

|

|

19h11

20h02

|

|

Cannes

arrivée

15h33

19h41

20h33

14h33

19h41

21h38

14h33

19h41

20h33

21h38

14h33

Antibes

arrivée

15h51

19:53

20h46

12h47

19:53

21h46

12h47

19:53

20h46

21h46

12h47

Nice Ville

arrivée

16h06

20h10

21h04

15h06

20h10

22:08

15h06

20h10

21h04

22:08

15h06

Comment
lire ces horaires: c’est facile, vous lisez à la baisse chaque colonne
est un voyage que vous pouvez faire. Vous
changer de train à la barre grise.

* = L’Eurostar 05:40 à partir de
Londres ne court généralement pas en juillet et août.

Ven = ce TGV circule le vendredi
seulement.

f =
arrive / part à
Gare Lille Flandres,
450m à 6 minutes à pied de Lille Europe
Gare Eurostar / TGV.

Comment acheter des billets
A quoi ressemble Eurostar?
Comment sont les TGV? Comment
arriver à St Tropez, Monte Carlo, Juan les Pins, Menton

Toujours vérifier les horaires de train pour
vos dates spécifiques en utilisant
www.loco2.com
ou
www.trainline.eu,
comme les horaires indiqués ne tiennent pas compte des changements d’horaire quotidiens.
Ne réservez aucun billet Eurostar avant d'avoir confirmé les horaires des trains.

Agréable
► Londres

Haute vitesse

TGV Duplex …

Du lundi au vendredi

les samedis

les dimanches

Agréable

partir

10h00

10h57

16:57

10h00

10h57

16:57

10h00

10h57

16:57

Antibes

partir

10:17

12h13

17h13

10:17

12h13

17h13

10:17

12h13

17h13

Cannes

partir

10h30

11h26

17h26

10h30

11h26

17h26

10h30

11h26

17h26

St
Raphael pour

St. Tropez

partir

10h54

12:54

|

10h54

12:54

|

10h54

12:54

|

Toulon

partir

11h48

13h47

18h48

11h48

13h47

18h48

11h48

13h47

18h48

Paris Gare de Lyon

arrivée

15h41

16h53

22:53

15h41

16h53

22:53

15h41

16h53

22:53

Traverser
Paris en métro ou RER jusqu’à la gare du Nord et prenez l’Eurostar, 30 min
enregistrement…

Paris
Gare du Nord

partir

17h13

19h13

07h13

17h13

19h13

08h13

17h13

19h13

07h13

Londres
St Pancras

arrivée

18h32

20h39

08h32

18h32

20h39

09h30

18h32

20h39

08h32

Combien ça coûte?

Il sont combinés
Tarifs Eurostar + TGV à partir de
Londres à Nice, Cannes, Antibes ou Toulon, à partir de
à € 68 aller simple ou € 120 aller-retour en 2e classe, € 134 aller simple
ou € 238 aller-retour en 1ère classe via Paris ou Lille.

Comme les tarifs aériens, les tarifs augmentent à mesure que le moins cher
les places sont vendues, alors vérifiez le système de réservation en ligne
pour voir les prix pour votre date de voyage. Réservez tôt et magasinez pour le
départ le moins cher.

Gratuit pour les enfants de moins de 4 ans. Enfants 4 ans et moins
12
63 € aller simple, 111 € aller-retour. Tarifs jeunesse (âge
12-25) à partir de 65 € aller simple, 114 € aller-retour.

Alternativement, vous pouvez acheter
billets Eurostar et TGV séparés. Londres à Paris par Eurostar à partir de
45 € aller simple, 69 € aller-retour. Paris à Nice, Cannes, Antibes ou Toulon
commence à seulement 25 € l'aller.

Comment acheter des billets …

Un Eurostar e320 sur le point de partir
Londres St Pancras …

1ère classe: Standard
Premier ou Business Premier.

TGV Duplex à Paris Gare de Lyon aux nouvelles couleurs InOui …

Café-bar sur
pont supérieur dans la voiture 4, servant du thé, du café, des boissons gazeuses, du vin,
bière, snacks et plats chauds de style micro-ondes ….

Sièges de 2e classe sur le pont supérieur
avec un mélange de tables pour 4 &
sièges unidirectionnels.

Photo 360º.

1er
sièges du pont supérieur de la classe, duo club à gauche, club quatre à droite.

Photo 360º.

Un TGV Duplex à la gare de Nice Ville dans les anciennes couleurs bleu et gris
schème. Une station impressionnante, complète avec des palmiers!

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Option 3, l'option à moindre coût: Ouigo …

En 2013, les chemins de fer français ont lancé une compagnie aérienne sur rail baptisée
Ouigo,

www.ouigo.com.
Ouigo exploite deux trains simples par jour de Paris à Cannes et à Nice avec un TGV Duplex spécial à deux niveaux
trains avec une seule classe de sièges, pas de restauration et pas de 1ère classe. Comme
compagnies aériennes à bas prix, ils ont ajouté un enregistrement de 30 minutes, il y a des limites de bagages
et des frais supplémentaires pour les grands sacs ou des sacs supplémentaires.
Pour plus d'informations sur
Ouigo, y compris des conseils pour l'achat de billets, des conseils de voyage, des photos et l'homme au siège
61 avis de Ouigo, voir la page Ouigo.

Il n'y a aucune raison pour que vous ne puissiez pas
utilisez un billet Eurostar Londres-Paris, puis un billet Ouigo pas cher au départ de Paris
à Cannes ou à Nice, à condition de laisser suffisamment de temps entre les trains pour
Paris, ce qui signifie 2 ou 3 heures, mais pas l’heure habituelle avec les trains réguliers.

En effet, Ouigo est une société distincte, même si elle est détenue à 100% par SNCF French
Les chemins de fer. Vous utiliserez des billets séparés pour l’Eurostar et pour
Ouigo, Ouigo n'a conclu aucun accord avec Eurostar pour garantir la poursuite de son voyage.
s'il y a un retard et une connexion manquée. Donc, si un train est en retard et
vous manquez la connexion. vous vous retrouverez à payer pour un nouveau billet.
C'est votre risque, ce qui signifie que vous devriez prévoir 2 ou 3 heures entre les trains
à Paris, pas un.

Londres ► Cannes, Nice

Étape 1, voyagez de Londres à
Paris par Eurostar,
quittant London St
Pancras à 11h31 et en arrivant
Paris Gare du Nord
à 14h47, ou tout départ plus tôt.

Transfert à partir de
Paris Gare du Nord
à Paris Gare de
Lyon en métro express RER
expliqué ici.

Etape 2, voyagez de Paris à
Nice par Ouigo
train à grande vitesse, laissant
Paris Gare de Lyon
à 17h15 et arrivée à Cannes à 22h33 ou Nice à 23h04. Rappelles toi
Il y a un enregistrement de 30 minutes pour Ouigo dans le hall 3, un niveau en dessous de
niveau de la plate-forme. Il n'y a pas de restauration sur Ouigo, alors apportez nourriture et boisson
avec toi.

Alternativement, vous pouvez prendre
toutes les nuits Eurostar vous aimez à Paris, passez la nuit, puis prenez la
Matin 07:19 Ouigo de Paris à Cannes & Nice.

Nice, Cannes ► Londres

Etape 1, voyagez de Nice à
Paris par Ouigo
train à grande vitesse, départ de Nice à 05h57 ou de Cannes à 06h26, arrivée
Paris Gare de Lyon
à 11h45. N'oubliez pas qu'il y a un enregistrement de 30 minutes pour Ouigo dans le hall 3,
un niveau en dessous du niveau de la plateforme. Il n'y a pas de restauration sur Ouigo, alors
apporter de la nourriture et des boissons avec vous.

Transfert à partir de
Paris Gare de Lyon
à Paris Gare du Nord
par le métro express RER comme expliqué
ici.

Etape 2, voyagez de Paris à
Londres par Eurostar,
au départ de Paris Gare du Nord
à 15h13 arrivée à Londres
St Pancras à 16h39, ou tout départ ultérieur.

Alternativement, vous pouvez laisser
Nice sur la dernière Ouigo à 13h57 ou Cannes à 14h26 arrivée
Paris Gare de Lyon
à 19h43. Passez la nuit à Paris, puis prenez l’Eurostar chaque matin
comme à Londres.

Combien ça coûte?

Londres à Paris par Eurostar
commence à 44 € aller simple ou 58 € aller-retour.

Paris à Cannes ou Nice par
Ouigo commence à 19 € l'aller simple. Plus 5 € de frais de bagages pour les plus grands
sacs, voir le Ouigo
page pour plus de détails.

Comment acheter des billets …

Retour au sommet

Les liaisons
vers d'autres villes de la Côte d'Azur …

St. Tropez…

Pour St Tropez, prenez le train pour St Raphael. Les autobus
quittez la gare routière de St Raphael (juste à côté de la gare) en direction de St Tropez tous les
heure ou deux, durée du trajet 90 minutes, tarif de seulement 3 €. Voir
www.varlib.fr pour les horaires de bus –
cliquez sur Horaires puis cherchez le bus 7601. Vous
devra acheter un billet dans le bus. Soyez averti que la circulation dans St
Tropez en plein été peut être un cauchemar, avec des retards importants.

Il y a aussi un ferry deux fois par
jour d'avril à novembre, voir

www.bateauxsaintraphael.com – beaucoup plus cher que le bus mais un
bon moyen de faire une excursion qui évite tout le trafic estival.

Juan les
Pins, Villefranche sur Mer, Beaulieu sur Mer …

Tous ont des gares sur le
La ligne principale Cannes-Nice-Monaco, desservie par des trains locaux toutes les heures,
mais les trains longue distance
ne vous arrêtez pas là. Donc pour Juan les Pins, allez à
Antibes et changer pour un train local, temps de trajet 5
minutes. Pour
Villefranche et Beaulieu, se rendent à Nice et passent à un
train local là-bas.

Monaco-Monte Carlo, Menton et
Vintimille …

Des trains locaux fréquents relient Nice à Monte Carlo, Menton et
Vintimille à la frontière italienne, environ toutes les demi-heures. Nice à Monte
Carlo prend 21 minutes, Nice à Vintimille prend 48 minutes.

Retour au sommet

Comment acheter des billets de train à partir de
le Royaume-Uni partout en France …

Il est facile d'acheter des billets de train
de n'importe où en Grande-Bretagne à n'importe où en France, ici je vais expliquer le meilleur
options. La réservation en ligne permet d’économiser des frais de réservation téléphoniques, et je recommande
en utilisant
www.loco2.com.
Mais n'oubliez pas qu'il y a
d'autres façons de réserver en ligne aussi. Vous pouvez également
réserver par téléphone ou en personne, ou obtenir un
spécialiste du voyage en train pour organiser un
voyage sur mesure.

Option 1, achat en ligne à
www.loco2.com …

Utilisation
www.loco2.com.
Vous pouvez acheter des billets aller simple ou aller-retour, dans les deux sens, en €, € ou $. Les nourrissons sous
4 aller gratuit sans billet nécessaire, les enfants de moins de 12 ans peuvent voyager avec l'enfant
taux.

Crédit international
cartes acceptées … N'importe qui de n'importe quel pays peut utiliser
www.loco2.com,
comme toutes les cartes de crédit sont acceptées et vous aurez généralement un
imprimer à la maison ou un billet à la gare.

Les réservations commencent habituellement 92
jours à venir.

                  
Eurostar ouvre généralement 120 jours à l’avance et à certaines périodes jusqu’à 180
jours à venir, mais je recommande fortement
en attendant que vos trains français de suite soient ouverts à la réservation, de sorte que
et les prix peuvent être confirmés avant d'acheter un non remboursable non modifiable
Billet Eurostar. Juste pour que vous sachiez, le grand changement d'horaire annuel se produit
le 2
Le dimanche de décembre et la plupart des années, les réservations pour les dates ultérieures jusqu’au
y compris la période de Noël et du nouvel an ouverte vers la mi-octobre, de manière significative
moins de 92 jours à l’avance. Par contre, ces dernières années, les Français
Les chemins de fer ont ouvert leurs réservations plus loin que les 92 jours habituels
pendant les mois d’été, essayez donc certainement une réservation et
voir si les trains apparaissent.

Vous pouvez réserver depuis n'importe quelle station
en Grande-Bretagne…
www.loco2.com
vous permet de réserver depuis ou vers n’importe quelle station britannique (même Little Kimble),
juste de Londres. Cela se fait généralement en ajoutant un ticket
de votre gare locale à Londres International CIV (le cas échéant), ce qui vous permet de voyager à Londres
St Pancras (y compris le métro si vous en avez besoin) et la protection des conditions internationales CIV
si votre train britannique est retardé et que vous manquez votre Eurostar, vous
sont autorisés à voyager sur un plus tard, même si vous avez un non modifiable
billet. In many cases these fares have fewer or no peak-hour restrictions,
too, so they allow Monday-Friday peak-time travel at off-peak prices. 

More explanation (and the ability to buy a ticket to London International CIV
separately if you need to) here.  Little Kimble to Juan les Pins? 
Aucun problème!

You can book to any
station in France.  This system can sell tickets to or from any French
station on any French train, including
TGVs, Intercités,
overnight couchette trains or TER local trains, although
it cannot sell the special
iDTGV trains which run
once or twice a day on a handful of
routes.

Fares vary like air
fares, so book as far ahead as you can:  Fares for Eurostar & French long-distance trains
are cheaper in advance, more expensive closer to the date
of travel, so book as early as you can and search for the cheapest departures. 
Remember that the cheapest tickets mean no refunds, no changes.

Tip:  Want to go via Lille
to avoid crossing
Paris?  A same-station change in Lille is much easier than
crossing Paris, although you'll
usually find a wider choice of departures and often cheaper prices via Paris. 
To filter out the many options via Paris leaving just the ones via Lille, simply
click '+ Add via/stopover' and enter 'Lille Europe'.  If you don't see any
journeys, try adjusting the departure time.  For some destinations such as
Orleans or Clermont Ferrand there are no direct services from Lille so you'll
really have to go via Paris.

Tip:  Choose an upper deck seat on a TGV Duplex:  I recommend
an upstairs seat for the best views if you use a
double-decker TGV Duplex in
France. These now operate almost all services from Paris to Lyon, Avignon,
Marseille, Nice, and some services from Lille to the South, too.  Unlike
some sites,
www.loco2.com
allows you to choose upper or lower deck.  Seat numbers 11-58 = lower deck. 
61-128 = upper deck.

Tip:  Upgrade to 1st class on French trains often for very little
extra cost!  Most booking sites won't let you mix & match 2nd class on Eurostar (on which 1st class
is expensive) with 1st class on your onward French train, on which 1st class
can cost little more than 2nd class and can even be cheaper, because of the way
the pricing quotas work.  With Loco2 there's an easy solution: 
Before running the enquiry, click '+ Add via/stopover', enter Paris Nord
(or Lille), select 'specific duration' & enter (say) 1 hour.  In the search
results, instead of showing a total price for London to your French destination,
it will allow you to select a class & price from London to Paris (or
Lille) and a separate class & price from Paris (or Lille) to your final destination. 
See if there's a cheap 1st class fare for your onward French train!

Tip:  Don't be afraid to split the booking in Paris! Pour
complete control, first book from your local station
to Paris (or Lille), add to basket, then book from Paris to your final
destination remembering to allow at least 60 minutes to cross Paris
trains southbound, 90 minutes including Eurostar check-in northbound.  Add to basket and checkout.  You can easily adjust the Paris time
this way, to stop off in Paris or perhaps have lunch at the Gare de
Lyon.  SNCF's database now has some sub-standard 40-minute
cross-Paris connections when I'd recommend at least 60 minutes, so this
is the way to avoid those, too (Loco2 cannot edit these sub-standard connections
out, but have thoughtfully added a warning when a sub-60-minute cross-Paris
connection comes up).

Tip:  Children under 4
go free, but what if you want them to have their own seat?  Babies & infants go free on all European trains (see
age limits here) and don't need a ticket, you just bring them along, but they don't get their own seat. 
If you want them to have their own reserved seat on a French long-distance
train, you can pay a fixed fee called Forfait Bambin.  This can't
yet be
booked on Loco2, so you'll need to book from your local station to Paris or
Lille using
www.loco2.com,
then book your onward French train separately using
                
www.trainline.eu. 
There's more explanation about Forfait Bambin on
the train travel
with children page.

Tip:  If you want sole or dual
occupancy of a couchette compartment on a French overnight train:  On French overnight trains you can book sole or dual occupancy of a 4-berth
couchette compartment,
this facility is called
Espace Privatif,
see details of the cost & how to buy tickets here.  However, Espace Privatif
can't be booked online at Loco2, you need to use
www.trainline.eu
au lieu.

Train seat numbering
plans:  These plans may
help: 
TGV seat numbering plans. 
Couchette numbering plans.

Who powers Loco2? 
www.loco2.com
connects to SNCF's Sabre & Resarail system for prices in euros.  Prices
should be the same as you'll find on French Railways' own site en.oui.sncf.

The Man in Seat 61 says: 
"Loco2 has been started by two young entrepreneurs who are passionate about
European train travel, and it shows.  They use the trains themselves, and
want to make booking them easy.  What they have been able to do so far is remarkable.  They've added a
connection to UK National Rail so you can book through to or from any British
station, and they've now added a connection to DB (German Railways), Trenitalia
and Renfe with more
connections likely to come.  This is the site to watch…"

Option 2, book with Eurostar: 
www.eurostar.com
sells tickets from London to around 70 major
French towns & cities, so more limited than Loco2 and it can't book overnight
couchette trains, but it can be worth checking prices at
www.eurostar.com. 
It has one potential advantage, after payment you can
choisi ton
specific seat on Eurostar (although not on any onward French trains).  It issues print-at-home tickets and accepts all
credit cards so can be used by anyone from any country.

Option 3, split the booking,
using Eurostar.com then Trainline.eu:  For complete control and
the maximum choice of seating options, I
myself often split the booking.  You can book from London to Paris
(or Lille) at
www.eurostar.com
with an opportunity to
choose your seat on Eurostar,
then book the onward French train at
                
www.trainline.eu
with a full range of seating options including the ability to select upper or
lower deck on a TGV Duplex or a table for two in 1st class, and on some TGV routes a
forward-facing seat. 
Both sites issue print-at-home or collect-at-station tickets and accept all
credit cards so work fine for anyone from any country.  Splitting the
booking in this way allows you to adjust your cross-Paris transfer time so that you have at
least 60 minutes between trains and/or can have time for lunch in Paris. 
It also allows you to mix and match 2nd class on Eurostar (as 1st class is
expensive) with a cheap 1st class deal on the French train, as this sometimes
costs only a little more than 2nd class, and in some circumstances can actually
be cheaper.  Unlike some other sites, Trainline.eu can sell
iDTGV tickets, and
can sell Forfait
Bambin tickets if you have an infant or baby and want them to have their own
seat on a French train, you can see how Trainline's features compare with
other websites for booking French trains

in this comparison table.

Option 4, buy from Rail Europe
in the United States, Canada, Australia, Asia, Africa or South America:  If you live outside Europe you can book with
www.raileurope.com
(USA),
www.raileurope.ca (Canada) or

www.raileurope-world.com (Australia, NZ, Asia, Africa, South America). 
All these sites charge a booking fee, and at the time I write this, none give seating options.  I'd
also recommend a price comparison with the other sites mentioned above, as I
ont connu
www.raileurope.com
suppress the cheapest fares for the US market, meaning you could make significant
savings using
www.loco2.com
ou
www.trainline.eu
au lieu. En outre,
                  

see this table comparing the features of the various sites selling
French train tickets.

Vous pouvez
buy tickets by phone, although a booking fee is charged. 
In the UK, try International Rail on 0844 248 248 3, lines open 09:00-17:00
Mondays-Fridays.

Option 5, escorted tours to France by train…

If you'd prefer to go to France on an escorted tour
with a convivial group of travellers rather than travelling solo, here
are the two UK companies which arrange escorted tours by train from the UK to
destinations all over Europe on various dates through the year. Tous les deux
companies are part of the same group.

Rail Discoveries,
www.raildiscoveries.com,
01904 730 727…

Great Rail
Journeys,
www.greatrail.com, 01904 527 120…

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London to Avignon, Aix-en-Provence or Marseille from €68…

It's easy to travel from London
or anywhere in the UK to Avignon, Aix or Marseille by
Eurostar &
high-speed TGV, a chance to chill out with
a good book & a glass of wine, and maybe even have lunch in Paris on the way. 
With cheap fares if you book in advance, it's affordable too.

Option 1, by direct Eurostar: 
Eurostar run a direct train
from London to Avignon & Marseille up to 4 times a week in summer, no
service dans
winter, leaving just after 7am. 
See the Direct
Eurostar to Lyon, Avignon & Marseille page for details.

Option 2, via Lille:  By
Eurostar to
Lille Europe, where you
make a simple same-station change onto a direct
TGV to Avignon, Aix or Marseille.  No need to cross Paris, so ideal if
you've baggage, kids or mobility problems.

Option 3, via Paris:  By
Eurostar to
Paris Gare du Nord, then an impressive double-deck
TGV Duplex from
Paris Gare
de Lyon to Avignon, Aix or Marseille.  There's a wider choice of departures and often
cheaper fares this way.  How about lunch in Paris at the fabulous
Train Bleu restaurant
inside the Gare de Lyon?  Or travel time-effectively with an evening
Eurostar to Paris in 2h20, an overnight hotel then a morning TGV to the south in
2 or 3 hours?

Option 4, using a lo-cost Ouigo TGV from Paris to the South of France. 
A cheap option using France's budget airline-on-rails…

Option 1, by
direct Eurostar from London to Lyon, Avignon,
Marseille…

Eurostar run a direct train from London to Lyon, Avignon & Marseille
up to 5 times a week in summer, no service in winter, leaving London around
07:19.  If the early departure and days of running suit you, it's the
easiest ooption. 
For dates of
running, timetable and full details, see the
Direct Eurostar to Lyon, Avignon & Marseille page.

Option 2,
London to Provence via
Lille…

If the direct Eurostar isn't
running or doesn't suit you, this is the easiest option. 
Take a Eurostar from
London to Lille, make one simple same-station change of train
at Lille onto a direct TGV to Provence, by-passing Paris.  Ideal if you've
luggage, kids or mobility problems.  But for a wider choice of departures
and in many cases cheaper fares, also check out journeys via Paris in
option 2
au dessous de.

Londres
► Avignon, Aix, Marseille

Eurostar, 30 minute check-in

Mondays to Fridays

Saturdays

Sundays

Londres
St Pancras

partir

10h58

12:58

15:04

10h58

12:58

10h58

12:58

15:04

Lille
L'Europe 

arrivée

13:26

15:30

17h26

13:26

15:30

13:26

15:30

17h26

Easy change at Lille onto a
                             
high-speed TGV…

Lille
L'Europe 

partir

14:03

17:03

18h26

14:03

17:03

14:03

17:03

18h26

Avignon
TGV

arrivée

19:08*

21h26

22h40

19:08*

21h26

19:08*

21h26

22h40

Aix en Provence TGV

arrivée

19:31*

21:49

23:05

19:31*

21:49

19:31*

21:49

23:05

Marseille
St Charles

arrivée

19:46*

22:09

23:20

19:46*

22:09

19:46*

22:09

23:20

Marseille, Aix, Avignon ► London

High-speed TGV…

Mondays to
Fridays

Saturdays

Sundays

Marseille St Charles

partir

06:34

12:14

06:34

12:14

06:34

12:14

Aix en
Provence TGV

partir

06:34

12:49

06:34

12:49

06:34

12:49

Avignon
TGV

partir

06:49

12h51

06:49

12h51

06:49

12h51

Lille
L'Europe 

arrivée

11:33

16:56

11:33

16:56

11:33

16:56

Easy change at Lille onto Eurostar,
30 minute check-in…

Lille
L'Europe 

partir

13h30

17:35

13h30

18h35

12:35

17:35

Londres
St Pancras

arrivée

14h05

18h06

14h05

19:13

12:57

18h06

* On the 14:03 TGV from Lille, you
need to change trains at Lyon Part Dieu as well.

Comment
to read these timetables:  It's easy, you read downwards, each column
is a journey you can take. Vous
change trains at the grey bar.

How to buy tickets   What's Eurostar like?   What are TGVs like?  
What are Intercités de Nuit
couchette
trains like?   

Map of Marseille

Avignon
TGV station is 3 miles from Avignon city centre & Avignon Centre
station.  A new rail link from Avignon TGV station to Avignon
Centre station opened in 2013 and shuttle trains now run every 30-45
minutes, journey time 5 minutes, fare around €1.80.  If you'd rather travel
to Avignon Centre, simply specify 'Avignon Centre' when booking at
www.loco2.com
and it'll add the shuttle train for an extra €1.50. 

Map of Avignon showing stations.

Aix
en Provence TGV station is 10 miles from Aix city
centre.

Always check train times for
your specific dates…  The timetables here are simplified, and don't take
account of day to day changes in timetable.  Please check train times for your date
of travel using
www.loco2.com
ou
www.trainline.eu, times may vary on certain
dates, and remember that booking only opens 92 days ahead.  No Eurostars
run on 25 December.

How much does it cost?

There are combined
Eurostar+TGV fares from
London to Avignon, Aix-en-Provence & Marseille, starting
at €68 one-way or €120 return 2nd class, €134 one-way
or €238 return 1st class via either Paris or Lille.

Like air fares, fares increase as the cheaper
seats are sold, so check the online booking system
to see prices for your date of travel.  Book early & shop around for the
cheapest departure.

Children under 4 go free.  Children 4 but under
12
€63 one-way, €111 return.  Youth fares (aged
12-25) start at €65 one-way, €114 return.

Alternatively, you can buy
separate Eurostar & TGV tickets.  London to Paris by Eurostar starts at
€45 one-way, €58 return.  Paris to Nice, Cannes, Antibes or Toulon
starts at just €25 each way.

How to buy tickets…

2nd class
with a mix or unidirectional seats & tables for 4.  Seats are 2+2
across car width. 

Panorama photo.

1ère classe

                  
with a mix of unidirectional seats, solo seats, tables for 2 & for 4. 
Seats 2+1 across car width. 

Panorama photo.

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Option 3,
London to Provence via
Paris…

This is the fastest, cheapest & most frequent option, if you don't mind changing
trains & stations in Paris. 
Take Eurostar from London to Paris in
just 2h16, change stations in
Paris by metro or taxi as explained here, then take a direct 186mph
double-decker TGV Duplex from
Paris Gare
de Lyon to Nice in 5h37.  Although a same-station change in
Lille is easier, you'll find a wider range of departures via
Paris and often cheaper fares available.  Why not take an earlier Eurostar
and explore Paris for a while, or have lunch at the fabulous
Train Bleu restaurant inside the Gare de
Lyon before boarding your TGV to the Sunny South of France?

Londres
► Avignon, Aix, Marseille  (Mondays-Saturdays)

Eurostar, 30 min check-in

Mondays to Fridays

Saturdays

Londres
St Pancras

partir

05:40**

10:24

10:24

12h24

13:31

14h22

15:31

20:01

10:24

10:24

11h01

12h24

13:31

20:01

Paris
Gare du Nord

arrivée

09:17**

13:47

13:47

15:47

16h47

17:47

18h47

23:17

13:47

13:47

14:17

15:47

16h47

23:17

Traverser
Paris by metro or RER to the
Paris Gare
de Lyon
                  

et
board a high-speed TGV Duplex…

Paris Gare de Lyon

partir

10:37

15h07

15:37

17:37

18h37

19h37

20:19*

08:37

15h07

15:37

15:37

17:37

18h37

08:37

Avignon TGV

arrivée

13:26

|

18:17

20h17

21:17

22h17

23:03

11:22

|

18:17

18:19

20h17

21:17

11:22

Aix en Provence TGV

arrivée

13h48

|

18:40

20:40

21:40

22h40

23:26

|

|

18:40

18h47

20:40

21:40

|

Marseille St Charles

arrivée

14:04

18h16

18:55

20h55

21h55

22:55

23h42

11h58

18h16

18:55

18:59

20h55

21h55

11h58

Comment
to read these timetables:  It's easy, you read downwards, each column
is a journey you can take. Vous
change trains at the grey bar.

* = Times vary, it leaves Paris at 20:37 on Mondays and Fridays arriving
Marseille 00:01.

** = The 05:40 Eurostar from London usually doesn't run in July or August.

How to buy tickets  
What is Eurostar like?  
What are TGVs like?  
What are Intercités de Nuit
couchette
trains like?  
How to buy tickets

Avignon
TGV station is 3 miles from Avignon city centre & Avignon Centre
station.  A new rail link from Avignon TGV station to Avignon
Centre station opened in December 2013 and shuttle trains now run every 15-30
minutes, journey time 5 minutes, fare around €1.80.  If you'd rather travel
to Avignon Centre, simple specify 'Avignon Centre' when booking at
www.loco2.com
and it'll add the shuttle train for an extra €1.50. 

Map of Avignon showing stations.

Aix
en Provence TGV station is 10 miles from Aix city
centre.

Always check train times for
your specific dates…  The timetables here are simplified, and don't take
account of day to day changes in timetable.  Please check train times for your date
of travel using
www.loco2.com
ou
www.trainline.eu, times may vary on certain
dates, and remember that booking only opens 92 days ahead.

Marseille,
Aix, Avignon ► London  (Mondays-Saturdays)

High-speed TGV…

Mondays to Fridays

Saturdays

Marseille

partir

07:01

09h06

12:06

14:06

15:04

15h50

20h06

07:01

09h06

12:06

14:06

15:04

20h06

Aix en Provence TGV

partir

07h16

09:21

12:21

14:21

15:21

16:05

19:21

07h16

09:21

12:21

14:21

15:21

19:21

Avignon TGV

partir

07h38

09h43

12h43

14:43

15:43

|

19:43

07h38

09h43

12h43

14:43

15:43

19:43

Paris Gare de Lyon

arrivée

10:19

12:23

15:23

17:31

18h23

19:15

23:23

10:19

12:23

15:23

17:31

18h23

23:23

Traverser
Paris by metro or RER to the Gare du Nord and take Eurostar, 30 min check-in…

Paris
Gare du Nord

partir

12h13

15:13

17:13

19:13

20:13

21h13

07:13

13:13

14:13

17:13

19:13

20:13

08h13

Londres
St Pancras

arrivée

13h30

16:39

18:32

20h39

21h39

22h39

08:32

14h39

15:30

18:30

20h41

21h39

09h30

Marseille,
Aix, Avignon ► London  (Sundays)

High-speed TGV…

Sundays

Marseille

partir

07:01

09h06

12:06

14:06

15:04

15h50

20h06

Aix en Provence TGV

partir

07h16

09:21

12:21

14:21

15:21

16:05

19:21

Avignon TGV

partir

07h38

09h43

12h43

14:43

15:43

|

19:43

Paris Gare de Lyon

arrivée

10:19

12:23

15:23

17:31

18h23

19:15

23:23

Traverser
Paris by metro or RER to the Gare du Nord and take Eurostar, 30 min
check-in

Paris
Gare du Nord

partir

12h13

14:13

17:13

19:13

20:13

21h13

07:13

Londres
St Pancras

arrivée

13h30

15:30

18:30

20h41

21h39

22h39

08:32

How much does it cost?

There are combined
Eurostar+TGV fares from
London to Avignon, Aix-en-Provence & Marseille, starting
at €68 one-way or €120 return 2nd class, €134 one-way
or €238 return 1st class via either Paris or Lille.

Like air fares, fares increase as the cheaper
seats are sold, so check the online booking system
to see prices for your date of travel.  Book early & shop around for the
cheapest departure.

Children under 4 go free.  Children 4 but under
12
€63 one-way, €111 return.  Youth fares (aged
12-25) start at €65 one-way, €114 return.

Alternatively, you can buy
separate Eurostar & TGV tickets.  London to Paris by Eurostar starts at
€45 one-way, €58 return.  Paris to Avignon, Aix or Marseille
starts at just €25 each way.

How to buy tickets…

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Option 4,
la
budget option:  Ouigo…

In 2013, French Railways launched a budget-airline-on-rails called
Ouigo,

www.ouigo.com.  Ouigo operates several
no-frills trains a day from Paris to Lyon, Aix en Provence, Avignon, Marseille,
Nîmes & Montpellier using special double-deck TGV Duplex trains with just one
class of seating, no catering and no 1st class.  Like budget airlines,
they've added a 30-minute check-in, there are baggage limits and extra fees for
large or additional bags. 
Pour plus d'informations sur
Ouigo including ticketing buying tips, travel tips & photos, see the Ouigo page.

There's no reason why you can't
use a Eurostar ticket from London to Paris then a cheap Ouigo ticket from Paris
to Lyon, Avignon, Aix or Marseille, as long as you allow plenty of time
between trains, meaning several hours not the usual hour to cross Paris you'd
allow with regular trains.

That's because Ouigo has been set
up as a separate company, even though it is wholly-owned by SNCF French
Railways.  You will be using separate tickets for the Eurostar and for
Ouigo, Ouigo has no agreement in place with Eurostar to guarantee onward travel
if there's a delay and missed connection.  So if one train runs late and
you miss the connection. you'll find yourself paying for a new ticket. 
It's your risk, which means you should allow 2 or 3 hours or more between trains
in Paris, not one.

Step 1, go to
www.eurostar.com
and book a Eurostar
from London St Pancras
to Paris Gare du Nord
from €44 one-way, €58 return.

Step 2, go to

www.ouigo.com
and book a lo-cost Ouigo TGV from Paris to Lyon, Aix en Provence,
Avignon, Marseille, Nîmes & Montpellier from as little as €10 each way, but
don't forget you may need to add the €5 extra baggage fee for oversize or
additional bags.  Only European & United States payment cards are accepted,
see the Ouigo page for
more information about Ouigo tickets.

Some Ouigo departures leave from
the Gare de Lyon
in central Paris, but some go from Marne La Vallée a 45-minute €8 RER ride
outside Paris.  Obviously, pick one leaving from
Gare de Lyon if
you can, allowing at least 2 or 3 hours between the Eurostar arrival and Ouigo
departure.

You can transfer from Paris Nord
to Paris Gare de Lyon by RER express metro in about 30 minutes
as explained here.

If you need to transfer to Marne
la Vallée, allow 3-4 hours between Eurostar arrival and Ouigo departure. 
To reach Marne la Vallée, take take RER line B from Paris Nord to Chatelet-les-Halles,
then RER line A to Marne la Vallée-Chessy.  Journey time 50 minutes, trains
run every 10-15 minutes.

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Sponsored links…

What are the options?

Option 1, via Lille: 
Par
Eurostar to
Lille Europe, a simple same-station change, then
TGV from Lille to Nîmes & Montpelier.  Change at Montpellier for
Carcassonne.  Change at Montpellier for Narbonne & Perpignan, although on
certain days you'll find a direct TGV from Lille.  This is the easiest option especially if you've
beaucoup de
baggage, kids or mobility problems, as there's no need to cross Paris. 
Travelling by high-speed train at up to 186mph, you can leave London in the
afternoon and arrive in the South of France in the evening!

Option 2, via Paris: 
Par
Eurostar to
Paris Gare du Nord, then impressive double-decker
TGV Duplex from
Paris Gare
de Lyon to Nîmes, Montpelier, Narbonne or Perpignan, change at Narbonne for
Carcassonne.  This is usually the most frequent, fastest and usually
cheapest option, although it involves changing stations in Paris by metro or
taxi.  But how about lunch in Paris at the fabulous
Train Bleu restaurant
at the Gare de Lyon between trains?

Option 3, via sleeper train from
Paris:  Runs daily from July to early September, and on Friday &
Sunday nights in winter. Prendre
Eurostar to
Paris Gare du Nord,
then sleep in a couchette from
Paris Gare d'Austerlitz to Carcassone, Perpignan or Portbou on the
intercité de nuit overnight train. 
This is the most time-effective option of all!

Option 1,
by Eurostar & TGV via Lille…

This is the
most stress-free way to travel from London to the south of France. Prendre
a Eurostar to
Lille and make a simple same-station change of train onto a
186 mph high-speed TGV direct
                     
à
Nîmes & Montpellier with no need to cross
Paris. South of Lyon the TGV runs along the scenic Rhône
Valley, crossing and re-crossing the River Rhône,
flying at ground level through the hills of Provence over some breathtaking
viaducts, passing pretty French villages and the occasional chateau. Si
you're going beyond Montpellier, watch out for your first sight of
the Mediterranean coast and for the flamingos on the various étangs (lakes)
which the train passes or crosses on a causeway.

Londres
► Nîmes, Montpellier, Carcassonne, Perpignan

Eurostar, 30 minute check-in

Mondays to Fridays

Saturdays

Sundays

Londres
St Pancras depart

12:58

12:58

12:58

Lille
Europe arrive

15:30

15:30

15:30

Easy change at Lille onto a high-speed TGV…

Lille
Europe depart

17:03

17:03

17:03

Nîmes
arrivée

21:33

21:33

21:33

Montpellier Saint-Roch arrive

22h04

22h04

22h04

Narbonne
arrivée

23:52 m

23:52 m

23:52 m

Carcassonne arrive

Perpignan arrive

Comment
to read these timetables:  It's easy, you read downwards, each column
is a journey you can take. Vous
change trains at the grey bar.

m = Change
trains at Montpellier.  Time may vary.

How to buy tickets    
About changing trains
in Lille   
What is Eurostar like?    
What are TGVs like?

Il y a beaucoup d'autres
journey possibilities changing trains and stations
in Paris.

Always check train times for your date
of travel using
www.loco2.com as times
may vary on specific
Rendez-vous.

Perpignan,
Carcassonne, Montpellier, Nîmes ► London

High-speed TGV…

Mondays-Fridays

Saturdays

Sundays

Perpignan depart

11:21 m

10:51 m

10:51 m

Carcassonne
partir

06:45 m

09:39 m

09:39 m

09:39 m

Narbonne
partir

07:19 m

12:11 m

11:28 m

11:28 m

Montpellier Saint-Roch depart

08:56

11h57

14:56

08:56

14:56

08:56

11h57

14:56

Nîmes
partir

09:26

12h26

15:26

09:26

15:26

09:26

12h26

15:26

Lille
Europe arrive

14:21

17:00

20h20

14:21

19:56

14:21

17:00

19:56

Change at
Lille onto Eurostar, 30 minute check-in…

Lille
Europe depart

15:35

17:35

21h00

15:35

21h00

15:30

17:35

21h00

Londres
St Pancras arrive

16:05

18h06

21:33

16:05

21:33

16:05

18h06

21:33

How much does it cost?

There are combined
Eurostar+TGV fares from
London to Nîmes, Montpellier, Agde, Narbonne & Perpignan, starting
at €68 one-way or €120 return 2nd class, €134 one-way
or €238 return 1st class via either Paris or Lille.

Like air fares, fares increase as the cheaper
seats are sold, so check the online booking system
to see prices for your date of travel.  Book early & shop around for the
cheapest departure.

Children under 4 go free.  Children 4 but under
12
€63 one-way, €111 return.  Youth fares (aged
12-25) start at €65 one-way, €114 return.

Alternatively, you can buy
separate Eurostar & TGV tickets.  London to Paris by Eurostar starts at
€45 one-way, €58 return.  Paris to Nice, Cannes, Antibes or Toulon
starts at just €25 each way.

By overnight train, Paris to
Perpignan or Narbonne starts at €18 one-way, €36 return in a
reclining seat, €26.50 one-way or €53 return in a 6-berth
2nd class couchette, or €45.50 one-way or €91 return in a
1st class 4-berth couchette.  Like air fares, prices rise as
cheaper tickets are sold. 
You can book sole or dual occupancy of a 4-berth compartment, this is called
Espace Privatif,
see details of costs & how to arrange this here.

How to buy tickets…

2nd class
with a mix or unidirectional seats & tables for 4.  Seats are 2+2
across car width. 

Panorama photo.

1ère classe

                  
with a mix of unidirectional seats, solo seats, tables for 2 & for 4. 
Seats 2+1 across car width. 

Panorama photo.

Option 2, by Eurostar & TGV via Paris…

This option is usually faster, more frequent and
in many cases cheaper than going via Lille, if you don't mind changing stations
in Paris by metro or taxi. Effectivement,
if you allow an extra hour or two, you can have a meal at the amazing
Train Bleu restaurant
inside the historic Gare de Lyon, making a virtue out of necessity! 
You'll see the same great scenery along the rural Rhone Valley then across the
South of France as taking the Lille route.

I won't list all the possible
options here, to find train times and
prices via Paris, simply run an enquiry at
www.loco2.com.

Use the More options
link and enter Paris as a via station with a suitable duration to add in a stopover for lunch or a longer stop.

For help crossing Paris by
metro or taxi, see the Paris metro
page.

Option 3, by Eurostar & sleeper
train…

This is the most time-effective
option. The Paris-Perpignan-Portbou
intercité de nuit overnight train was
discontinued in 2016, but it's now been saved and reinstated in July 2017,
running daily in summer. 
On the down side it now only runs on Friday & Sunday nights off-season, and as
il est
attached to the Paris-Toulouse intercité de
nuit it's arrival in Perpignan isn't until almost 10am!  But it
provides a useful overnight train from Paris direct to Carcassone and if you
want to use it, here's how…

London  ► Carcassonne,
Perpignan

Perpignan, Carcassone 
► London

How much does it cost?

London to Paris starts at €44
one-way or €58 return in 2nd class, €112 one-way or €168 return in 1st class
with meal & wine included.

Paris to Carcassone,
Perpignan or Portbou starts at €26.50 one-way or €53 return in a 6-berth
2nd class couchette, or €45.50 one-way or €91 return in a
1st class 4-berth couchette.  Like air fares, prices rise as
cheaper tickets are sold.  Reclining seats start at €18 one-way, €36
return, but I strongly recommend booking a couchette in a safely-locked
compartment so you can sleep, a seat is a false economy.

How to buy tickets…

The intercité de nuit
overnight train from Paris to Carcassonne, Perpignan & Portbou has 1st class 4-berth
& 2nd class 6-berth couchettes, each with lightweight sleeping-bag &
mineral water…

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There are two options, both
benefitting from the opening of the extension of the Paris-Tours high-speed line
all the way to Bordeaux on 2 July 2017.  This knocked another hour off the
journey.

Option 1, via Paris. 
This is the most
frequent and usually cheapest option, although it means changing trains and
stations in Paris.  You travel by Eurostar to
Paris Gare du Nord, change trains and stations, then take
une
TGV high-speed train from
Paris Gare Montparnasse to
Biarritz or Lourdes.  Times via Paris are shown below, but this route has
some seasonal variations so check times for your specific date
online at
www.loco2.com. 
Why not take an earlier Eurostar and have lunch in Paris?

Option 2, changing Lille &
Bordeaux, which avoids Paris…  You can take Eurostar to Lille and
travel by direct TGV from Lille to Bordeaux, with (usually) another change
Là. This avoids the need to change trains and stations in Paris,
but it usually works out more expensive.  I haven't shown this option here,
but you can easily check train times at
www.loco2.com
– it may help to click More options and specify Lille (any station)
in the via box.

London ► Biarritz, Irun, Lourdes,
Tarbes

Eurostar, 30 min check-in

Mon-Fri

Sam

Mon-Sat

du quotidien

du quotidien

du quotidien

du quotidien

Fridays

Mon-Fri,

Soleil

du quotidien

Mon-Fri,

Soleil

Sam

Londres
St Pancras depart

05:40*

06:18

07:55

10:24

10:24

12h24

12h24

14h22

20:01

20:01

20:01

20:01

Paris
Gare du Nord arrive

09:17*

09:47

11h17

13:47

13:47

15:47

15:47

17:47

23:17

23:17

23:17

23:17

Traverser
Paris by metro
to the Gare Montparnasse & board a

high-speed TGV…

un hôtel

un hôtel

un hôtel

un hôtel

Paris
Gare Montparnasse depart

11:52

11:52

12:52

15:52

15:52

17:52

17:52

19:52

06:50

09:52

07:52

09:52

Dax

15:16

15:16

16:14

19h14

19:16

21:14

21:14

23:14

10h14

13:14

11:14

13:14

Bayonne

15:47

15:47

16h46

19:47

|

21h47

|

23:47

|

|

11:47

13:47

Biarritz

15:58

15:58

16h58

19:58

|

21:58

|

23:58

|

|

11h58

13:58

St Jean
de Luz

16:14

16:14

17:14

20:14

|

22:14

|

00:14

|

|

12:14

14:14

Hendaye (border, French)

16:31

16:31

17:31

20:31

|

22:31

|

00:31

|

|

12:31

14:31

Irun
(border, Spanish)

|

|

|

|

Pau

20:13

22h13

11h04

14:15

Lourdes

20h41

22h41

11:40

14h52

Tarbes

21:06

23:06

11h58

15:11

Tarbes,
Lourdes, Hendaye, Biarritz ► London

High-speed
TGV

du quotidien

Mon-Sat

du quotidien

Sat, Sun

du quotidien

Mon-Fri,

Soleil

ven

Mon-Fri,

Soleil

du quotidien

du quotidien

Soleil

Tarbes

07:01

13h54

15h48

19:09

Lourdes

07h18

14h18

16:12

19h26

Pau

07h45

14:45

16:45

19:53

Hendaye
(border)

07h19

|

09:19

11:19

13h19

|

14:19

15:19

|

18:19

|

St Jean
de Luz

07h35

|

09:35

11h35

13:35

|

14:35

15:35

|

18h35

|

Biarritz

07:52

|

09:52

11:52

13:52

|

14h52

15:52

|

18:52

|

Bayonne

08:11

|

10:11

12h11

14:11

|

15:11

16h11

|

19:11

|

Dax

08h46

08h46

10h46

12:46

14h46

15h46

15h46

16h46

17h46

19h46

20h46

Paris
Gare Montparnasse arrive

12:08

12:08

14:08

16:08

18:08

19h08

19h08

20h08

21:08

23:08

00:08

Traverser
Paris by metro
to Gare du Nord for
Eurostar, 30 min check-in

un hôtel

un hôtel

un hôtel

un hôtel

Paris
Gare du Nord depart

15:13

15:13

16h13

18:13e

20:13

21h13

21h13

07:13

07:13f

07:13f

07:13

Londres
St Pancras arrive

16:39

16:39

17h39

19:39e

21h39

22h39

22h39

08:32

08:32f

08:32f

08:32

Comment
to read these timetables:  It's easy, you read downwards, each column
is a journey you can take. Vous
change trains at the grey bar.

* = The 05:40 Eurostar from London doesn't usually run in July & August.

e = the Eurostar connection runs
an hour later on Saturdays.

f = the first Eurostar connection
runs an hour later on Sunday mornings.

Please check train times for your date
of travel using
www.loco2.com
ou
www.trainline.eu, as times vary on
différent
Rendez-vous.

How to buy tickets   
What is Eurostar like?   
What are TGVs like?

How much does it cost?

There are combined
Eurostar+TGV fares from
London to Biarritz or Lourdes, starting
at €68 one-way or €120 return 2nd class, €134 one-way
or €238 return 1st class via either Paris or Lille.

Like air fares, fares increase as the cheaper
seats are sold, so check the online booking system
to see prices for your date of travel.  Book early & shop around for the
cheapest departure.

Children under 4 go free.  Children 4 but under
12
€63 one-way, €111 return.  Youth fares (aged
12-25) start at €65 one-way, €114 return.

Alternatively, you can buy
separate Eurostar & TGV tickets.  London to Paris by Eurostar starts at
€44 one-way, €58 return.  Paris to Lourdes, Biarritz, St Jean de Luz, Hendaye or Irun starts at just €25 each way.

How to buy tickets…

The interior is styled
by designer Christian Lacroix, and there are power sockets at all seats.  On the TGV
Atlantique route from Paris to Bordeaux & the Spanish border, one 1st class car has a conventional open plan
layout, the other two have a unique layout with bays
of two seats facing across a table one side of the
aisle, and semi-compartments of 4 seats around a table
on the other, as pictured below.  Very civilised!  Note that an
increasing number of trains on this route are new
TGV Duplex double-decker trains,
some with the all-new Océane interior.

TGVs to Bordeaux,
Biarritz & Hendaye waiting to leave Paris Montparnasse…

1st class with
semi-compartments.

2nd class on the
TGV.  Most seats are unidirectional, there are some tables for 4. 

See panorama photo.

The café-bar car,
serving drinks, snacks and microwaved hot dishes. 
See a typical
menu here…

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London to Lyon by train from €62 one-way or €110
return…

The easiest and most painless
way to travel from London to Lyon is to take
Eurostar from
London St Pancras to
Lille and make a simple
same-station interchange in Lille onto a
direct TGV to Lyon, with no need to change trains and
stations in Paris.  Relax over a glass or two as you
swish past the French countryside, the green hills just
north of Lyon are especially pretty.  It's almost as fast as flying, but
far more enjoyable with no airport security queues in sight.  Services with one
easy change at Lille are shown in the timetables below. 
Map of Lyon showing station.

Alternatively,
you can take Eurostar from
London St Pancras to
Paris Gare du Nord,
change trains and stations in
Paris, and take a TGV from
Paris Gare de Lyon to Lyon. Bien que
not as simple as the route via Lille, going via Paris offers
an almost hourly departure from London, and cheap fares seem
more plentiful this way. Vous pouvez également
(of course) stop off in Paris.  Train times via Paris
are not shown below, but there are
                    
hourly Eurostars from London to Paris
Gare du Nord (journey 2 hours 40 minutes) and hourly TGVs from Paris
                    
Gare de Lyon to Lyon (journey 2 hours).  Almost all
Paris-Lyon TGVs and a few Lille-Lyon services are now
impressive double-deck
TGV Duplex. 
If you want to go via Paris, just check times using either
www.loco2.com
ou
www.trainline.eu.

Direct London-Lyon Eurostar: 
Eurostar
now offer an early-morning direct train from London to Lyon running between 1
and 5 days a week for much of the year,
see the Direct
Eurostar to Lyon, Avignon & Marseille page for details.

London ► Lyon & Grenoble

Eurostar, 30 min check-in

Mondays to Fridays

Saturdays

Sundays

Londres
St Pancras depart

06:47*

10h58

12:58

15:04

06:57

10h58

12:58

17h04

10h58

12:58

14:04

15:04

Lille
Europe arrive

09:30*

13:26

15:30

17h26

09:26

13:26

15:30

19h26

13:26

15:30

16h26

17h26

Easy change at Lille
onto a high-speed TGV…

Lille
Europe depart

10:43

14:03

17:03

18h26

10:43

14:03

17:03

20:02

14:03

17:03

17:03

18h26

Lyon Part Dieu arrive

14:00

17h04

20h00

21h30

14:00

17h04

20h00

23:24

17h04

20h00

20h00

21h30

For Grenoble, change at Lyon:

Lyon Part Dieu depart

14:14

16:14

19h14

22:14

14:14

16:14

19h14

16:14

19h14

20:14

22:14

Grenoble arrive

15:38

17:38

20:38

23h38

15:38

17:38

20:38

17:38

20:38

21:38

23h38

Lyon & Grenoble ► London

Local TER train…

Mondays to Fridays

Saturdays

Sundays

Grenoble depart

06:22

09:22

12h22

15:22

09:22

12h22

15:22

06:22

09:22

12h22

15:22

Lyon Part Dieu arrive

07:46

10h46

13:46

16h46

10h46

13:46

16h46

07:46

10h46

13:46

16h46

High-speed TGV…

Lyon Part Dieu depart

05:50

08:30

11h00

14:00

17:00

05:50

11h00

14:00

17:00

05:50

08:30

11h00

14:00

17:00

Lille
Europe arrive

08:59

11:33

14:21

16:56

20h00

08:59

14:21

16:57

20h00

08:59

11:33

14:21

16:56

20h00

Easy change at Lille
onto Eurostar, 30 minute check-in…

Lille
Europe depart

09h30

13h30

15:35

17:35

21h00

09h30

15:35

17:35

21h00

09h30

13h30

15:30

18h35

21h00

Londres
St Pancras arrive

09:57

14h05

16:05

18h06

21:33

09:57

16:05

18h06

21:33

09:57

14h05

16:05

19:03

21:33

* On Mondays May-September the Eurostar leaves
London 07:19 arriving Lille at 09:51 (this is in fact the
direct Eurostar
to Lyon).  Still leaves 06:47 on Tue-Fri.

Comment
to read these timetables:  It's easy, you read downwards, each column
is a journey you can take. Vous
change trains at each grey bar.

How to buy tickets   
About changing trains
in Lille   
What is Eurostar like?   
What are TGVs like?   

Map of Lyon showing station

Please check train times for your date
of travel using
www.loco2.com as times vary
significantly by
rendez-vous amoureux.

How much does it cost?

There are combined
Eurostar+TGV fares from
London to Lyon or Grenoble, starting
at €62 one-way or €110 return 2nd class, €129 one-way
or €228 return 1st class via either Paris or Lille.

Like air fares, fares increase as the cheaper
seats are sold, so check the online booking system
to see prices for your date of travel.  Book early & shop around for the
cheapest departure.

Children under 4 go free. 
Children 4 but under 12  €59 one-way, €104 return.  Youth fares (aged
12-25) start at €60 one-way, €106 return.

Alternatively, you can buy
separate Eurostar & TGV tickets.  London to Paris by Eurostar starts at
€45 one-way, €58 return.  Paris to Lyon or Grenoble starts at just €20 each way.

How to buy tickets…

2nd class
with a mix or unidirectional seats & tables for 4.  Seats are 2+2
across car width. 

Panorama photo.

1ère classe
with a mix of unidirectional seats, solo seats, tables for 2 & for 4. 
Seats 2+1 across car width. 

Panorama photo.

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London to Bordeaux by train in as little as 5h45…

Option 1, via Lille,
easiest…  The easiest and most painless way to travel from London
to Bordeaux is to take Eurostar to
Lille Europe in 1h30 and make an
facile
interchange in Lille onto a direct double-decker
TGV Duplex to Bordeaux now taking as little as 4h26
with no need to change
trains and stations in Paris (although you may need to walk 500m between
Lille Europe and
Lille Flandres stations).  Relax over a glass or two as you swish
past the French countryside.  However, although this avoids the need to
change trains and stations in Paris, there are only a few options each day,
as shown below, and most involve a short 500m 6-minute walk between
Lille Europe and
Lille Flandres stations, as shown by the little 'f'. 
You can easily check times and buy tickets at
www.loco2.com
– Tip:  Click More options and enter Lille (any station). 
If necessary, book London-Lille first, add to basket, then add Lille to
Bordeaux..

Option 2, via Paris, most
frequent & quickest, London to Bordeaux in as little as 5h45…  There are hourly Eurostars to
Paris Gare du Nord in 2h20,
take the metro or a taxi to
Paris Gare Montparnasse and hop on a TGV to Bordeaux
St Jean taking as little as 2h04 since the new Tours-Bordeaux high-speed line opened
in July 2017.  The train
times via Paris aren't shown here, but you can easily
check times and buy tickets at
www.loco2.com
ou
www.trainline.eu. 
Some of these TGVs are single deck, others are double-deck
TGV Duplex.

London ► Bordeaux

Eurostar, 30 min check-in

Mondays to Fridays

Saturdays

Sundays

Londres
St Pancras depart

06:47*

10h58

12:58

06:57

10h58

12:58

10h58

14:04

Lille
Europe arrive

09:30*

13:26

15:30

09:26

13:26

15:30

13:26

16h26

Change at Lille

onto a
high-speed TGV…

Lille
Flandres depart

10:20 f

14:48 f

17:16
F

10:20 f

14:49 f

17:16
F

14:49 f

17:16
F

St Pierre des Corps (Tours)

12:58

17:58

19:58

12:58

17:58

19:58

17:58

19:58

Poitiers
arrivée

13:32

18:32

20h32

13:32

18:32

20h32

18:32

20h32

Angoulême arrive

14:13

19h14

21:14

14:13

19h14

21:14

19h14

21:14

Bordeaux
St Jean arrive

14h52

19:52

21:52

14h52

19:52

21:52

19:52

21:52

Comment
to read these timetables:  It's easy, you read downwards, each column
is a journey you can take. Vous
change trains at the grey bar.

* = On Mondays & Fridays the Eurostar leaves London earlier, at
06:13 or you can use the 07:19 when running.

f =
This train arrives/departs
Lille Flandres station,
not Lille Europe, an easy 500m
6-minute walk from Lille Europe
Eurostar/TGV station.

How to buy tickets   
About changing trains
in Lille   
What is Eurostar
comme?
What are TGVs like?

Always check train times for
your date of travel at
www.loco2.com or
www.trainline.eu (anyone), as times vary on certain
Rendez-vous.

Only journeys
via Lille are shown here.  There are many other journey
opportunities changing trains and stations in Paris, check
times and prices at
www.loco2.com
ou
www.trainline.eu.

Bordeaux ► London

High-speed TGV

Mondays to Fridays

Saturdays

Sundays

Bordeaux
St Jean depart

06:08

09h08

15h08

06:08

09h08

15h08

09h08

15h08

Angoulême depart

06:46

09:46

15h46

06:46

09:46

15h46

09:46

15h46

Poitiers
partir

07:28

10:28

16:28

07:28

10:28

16:28

10:28

16:28

St Pierre des Corps (Tours)

08:03

11:02

17:02

08:02

11:02

17:02

11:02

17:02

Lille
Europe arrive

10:40 f

13:54 f

19:42 f

10:40 f

13:55 f

19:42 f

13:55 f

19:42 f

Easy change at Lille
onto Eurostar, 30 minute check-in…

Lille
Europe depart

13h30

15:35

21h00

13h30

15:35

21h00

15:30

21h00

Londres
St Pancras arrive

14h05

16:05

21:33

14h05

16:05

21:33

16:05

21:33

How much does it cost?

There are combined
Eurostar+TGV fares from
London to Bordeaux or Angoulême, starting
at €62 one-way or €110 return 2nd class, €129 one-way
or €228 return 1st class via either Paris or Lille.

Children under 4 go free.  Children 4 but under
12
€59 one-way, €106 return.  Youth fares (aged
12-25) start at €60 one-way, €106 return.

Combined Eurostar+TGV fares from
London to Tours, St Pierre des Corps or Poitiers, start at €49 one-way or €89 return 2nd class, €118 one-way
or €209 return 1st class.

Like air fares, fares increase as the cheaper
seats are sold, so check the online booking system
to see prices for your date of travel.  Book early & shop around for the
cheapest departure.

Alternatively, you can buy separate
Eurostar & TGV tickets.  London to Paris by Eurostar starts at €45 one-way,
€58 return.  Paris to Bordeaux starts at just €20 each way, Paris to
Poitiers from €15 each way.

How to buy tickets…

On board the TGV to Bordeaux… 
TGV info & tips

Most Lille-Bordeaux are double-deck
TGV Duplex, see the photos here. 
Some Paris-Bordeaux TGVs are single-deck with the
Christian Lacroix
interior, see the photos here.  Others are
TGV Duplex, and some of these
ont le
excellent new Océane interior.

Hello Bordeaux! 
A 186 mph TGV Duplex double decker has arrived in Bordeaux from
Lille.

Bordeaux St Jean is a beautiful station, superbly renovated. Remarque
the map of the French rail network on the far wall!

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London to Strasbourg in 5 hours by train from €57 one-way, €100
revenir

There are two good options:

Option 1, via Lille, the
fastest & easiest way… There are two or three departures every day with
one same-station change at
Lille. I have shown times for these easy options below. Ça peut
take as little as 5h03 centre to centre, virtually as fast as flying.  Train times for both routes are
shown here, you can check train times for specific dates and buy tickets at
www.loco2.com.

Option 2, via Paris, the
most frequent way…  You can travel by
Eurostar from
London St Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord in 2h20 with departures almost every hour,
it's just an easy 10-minute walk over to the
Gare de l'Est
next door, then you take one of the frequent
high-speed TGVs from Paris to Strasbourg
taking as little as 1h47 now that the final section of high-speed line opened on 3
July 2016.  This is the most frequent route and with the widest choice
of departures.  I have not bothered to show times via Paris here as
there are so many departures and it's easy just to run an enquiry to see
times, prices & buy tickets at
www.loco2.com.

Comment
to read these timetables:  It's easy, you read downwards, each column
is a journey you can take. Vous
change trains at the grey bar.

Check train times for your date
of travel using
www.loco2.com
ou
www.trainline.eu as times vary on certain
Rendez-vous.

* = On some dates, depart Lille
19:35, arrive London 20:05.

How to buy tickets   
What is Eurostar like?   
What are TGVs like?

How much does it cost?

There are combined
Eurostar+TGV fares from
London to Strasbourg or Nancy, starting at €57 one-way or €100 return 2nd class,
€123 one-way
or €218 return 1st class via either Paris or Lille.

Children under 4 go free. 
Children 4 but under 12  €55 one-way, €97 return.  Youth fares (aged
12-25) start at €54 one-way, €96 return.

Like air fares, fares increase as the cheaper
seats are sold, so check the online booking system
to see prices for your date of travel.  Book early & shop around for the
cheapest departure.

Alternatively, you can buy
separate Eurostar & TGV tickets.  London to Paris by Eurostar starts at
€45 one-way, €58 return.  Paris to Strasbourg starts at just €20 each way.

How to buy tickets…

2nd class
with a mix or unidirectional seats & tables for 4.  Seats are 2+2
across car width. 

Panorama photo.

1ère classe
with a mix of unidirectional seats, solo seats, tables for 2 & for 4. 
Seats 2+1 across car width. 

Panorama photo.

Strasbourg's remarkable
railway station, where a glass 'bubble' has been built over the original
historic facade…

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There are two rail routes from
Paris to Toulouse:  The classic direct route from
Paris Gare d'Austerlitz to
Toulouse via
Limoges & Brive uses conventional 125mph trains, most now
stylish and comfortable Téoz carriages, see
the photos below. 
The high-speed route from
Paris Gare Montparnasse to Toulouse via Bordeaux uses
186mph TGVs, this is a longer way round but it's still faster, especially since 2 July 2017 when the Tours-Bordeaux high-speed line opens.

London ►
Limoges, Brive, Toulouse

Eurostar, 30 min check-in

Mon-Sat

Mon-Sat

du quotidien

du quotidien

du quotidien

du quotidien

Mon-Fri

ven

du quotidien

Daily *

du quotidien

Londres
St Pancras depart

07:55

07:55

09h24

10:24

12h24

12h24

13:31e

14h22

14h22

16:31

20:01

Paris
Gare du Nord arrive

11h17

11h17

12:47

13:47

15:47

15:47

17:17e

17:47

17:47

19:47

23:17

Traverser
Paris by metro from the
Gare du Nord to the
Gare d'Austerlitz or
Gare Montparnasse…

Sleeper

Hotel

Paris
Austerlitz depart

12:29

TGV

14h38

TGV

17:41

TGV

18:38

TGV

19:38

22:08

06:37**

Paris
Montparnasse dep.

|

13:52

|

16:52

|

18:52

|

19:52

|

|

|

Limoges

15:57

|

17h55

|

20:56

|

22:00

|

22:57

|

09:55**

Brive-la-Gaillarde

17:00

|

18:57

|

22:00

|

23:07

|

00:01

|

10:57**

Cahors

18:12

|

20h08

|

23:11

|

|

|

12:11**

Toulouse

18:12

21h18

21h15

23h15

00:11

06:01

13:21**

Comment
to read these timetables:  It's easy, you read downwards, each column
is a journey you can take. Vous
change trains at the grey bar.

How to buy tickets   
What is Eurostar like?   
What are TGVs like?   
What are French
overnight trains like?

*  By
Intercités de Nuit couchette train
between Paris & Toulouse, with 2nd class 6-berth couchettes,
1st class 4-berth couchettes, reclining seats. 
Watch the Intercités de Nuit
video.  Times may vary.

** Runs an hour later on Sunday
mornings and doesn't go beyond Brive.  Check alternatives online.

e = Eurostar
connection varies on certain dates or days of the week.

Trains marked TGV are
186mph
TGV trains.  Trains running via Limoges are 125mph
Intercité (formerly Téoz) trains, see photos below.

Please check train times for your date
of travel using
www.loco2.com
ou
www.trainline.eu, as times may vary on  certain
Rendez-vous.

Toulouse,
Brive, Limoges ► London

TGV or
                             
Téoz…

du quotidien

Mon-Sat

Mon-Sat

Mon-Sat

Soleil

du quotidien

Mon-Fri, Sun

du quotidien

Mon-Sat

Soleil

Mon-Sat

du quotidien

du quotidien

Daily *

Toulouse

06:47

08h46

11h48

13:51

07:40

16:32

18:48

22h30

Cahors

|

06:45

07:46

|

|

|

08:50

12h40

17h46

|

|

Brive-la-Gaillarde

04:58

05h55

|

07:58

08h58

|

|

|

10:02

13:52

13:55

19:06

|

|

Limoges

06:04

06:58

|

09:04

10h04

|

|

|

11:02

14:57

15:00

20h06

|

|

Paris
Montparnasse arrive

|

|

11h08

|

|

13h08

16:08

18:08

|

|

|

|

23:08

|

Paris
Austerlitz arrive

09:21

10h20

TGV

12:21

13:21

TGV

TGV

TGV

14:32

18:21

18:21

23h27

TGV

06:52

Traverser
Paris by metro to the Gare du Nord for Eurostar, 30 minute
check-in…

Hotel

Hotel

Sleeper

Paris
Gare du Nord depart

11h13

13:13

13:13

15:13

15:13

15:13

18:13

20:13

16h13

20:13

20:13

07:13e

07:13e

09:13

Londres
St Pancras arrive

12h30

14h39

14h39

16:39

16:39

16:39

19:39

21h39

17h39

21h39

21h39

08:32e

08:32e

10:39

How much does it cost?

There are combined
Eurostar+TGV fares from
London to Toulouse, starting
at €68 one-way or €120 return 2nd class, €134 one-way
or €238 return 1st class via either Paris or Lille.

Children under 4 go free.  Children 4 but under
12
€63 one-way, €111 return.  Youth fares (aged
12-25) start at €65 one-way, €114 return.

Combined Eurostar+TGV fares from London to Limoges start at €57 one-way, €100 return
2nd class, €123 one-way, €218 return 1st class.  Children under 4 free. 
Children under 12 €55 one-way, €97 return.  Youths (aged 12-25) from €54
one-way, €96 return.

Like air fares, fares increase as the cheaper
seats are sold, so check the online booking system
to see prices for your date of travel.  Book early & shop around for the
cheapest departure.

Alternatively, you can buy
separate Eurostar & TGV tickets.  London to Paris by Eurostar starts at
€45 one-way, €58 return.  Paris to Limoges starts at €20 each way,
Paris to Toulouse starts at just €25 each way.

How to buy tickets…

On board an
Intercité from Paris
to Limoges, Brive & Toulouse…

Intercités, formerly Téoz: 

Although merely 125mph trains, not TGVs, most Paris-Limoges-Brive-Toulouse trains
now use stylish air-conditioned Téoz
coaches like this, with a unique interior design. 
1st class seats have power-recline and are fitted with
power-points for laptops/mobiles.  There's a small
children's play area in 2nd class, & baby-changing room. 
There is usually a cafe-bar or at least a refreshment trolley service. 
Watch the
video. 

Seating
plan.

1st class seats…

2nd class seats…

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Just hop on a Eurostar from
London St Pancras to
Paris Gare du Nord, change stations by taxi or metro to the
Gare de Bercy, and catch a
southbound express to the Massif Central…  Trains between Paris and
Clermont are usually Intercités with the Téoz-style interior,
see the photos above.

London ►
Vichy, Clermont Ferrand

Eurostar, 30 min check-in

du quotidien

du quotidien

ven

du quotidien

Mon-Fri

Soleil

du quotidien

Londres
St Pancras

08:31

09:22

10:24

11h31

12h24

13:31

14h22

Paris
Gare du Nord arrive

11:47

12:47

13:47

14:47

15:47

16h47

17:47

Traverser
Paris by metro to the
Gare de Bercy for a Intercité Téoz train…

Paris
Gare de Bercy depart

13:01

14h01

15:01

16h01

16:57

17:57

18:57

Vichy

15:58

16:59

18h00

18:59

19:56

20:57

22:03

Clermont Ferrand

16:33

17h33

18h34

19:33

20h30

21h30

22:37

Eurostar times may vary at
weekends, so please check times online for your specific date.

Clermont Ferrand, Vichy ► London

InterCité
                  

Téoz train…

Mon-Fri

Sam

du quotidien

Mon-Sat

du quotidien

Soleil

Clermont Ferrand

05:27

06:27

08h27

10:27

13:23

14:27

Vichy

06:01

07:01

09h01

11h01

13:57

15:01

Paris
Gare de Bercy arrive

08:57

10h01

11h57

13:57

16:57

17:57

Traverser
Paris by metro to the
Gare du Nord for Eurostar, 30 minute
check-in

Paris
Gare du Nord depart

11h13

12h13

15:13

16h13

19:13

20:13

Londres
St Pancras

12h39

13h30

16:39

17h39

20h39

21h39

How much does it cost?

Eurostar offer combined
Eurostar+TGV fares from
London to Clermont Ferrand starting at €57 one-way or €100 return 2nd class, €123
one-way or €218 return 1st class.  Like air fares, fares increase as the cheaper
seats are sold, so book early & shop around for the cheapest departure. 
Check the online booking system
to see prices for your date of travel.

Children under 4 go free. 
Children 4 but under 12  €55 one-way, €97 return.  Youth fares (aged
12-25) start at €55 one-way, €97 return.

Alternatively, you can buy
separate Eurostar & TGV tickets.  London to Paris by Eurostar starts at
€45 one-way, €58 return.  Paris to Vichy or Clermont starts at €20 each
way.

How to buy tickets…

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Take the train to Brittany…

London ►
Nantes, Rennes & Brittany

Eurostar, 30 min check-in

Mondays to Fridays

Londres
St Pancras depart

08h55

08h55

15:04

15:04

Lille
Europe arrive

11h27

11h27

17h26

17h26

Easy change at Lille onto a

high-speed TGV…

Lille
Europe depart

11h46

11h46

17:52

17:52

Le Mans

14:25

14:25

20h26

20h26

Rennes

15:23

|

21:17

|

Angers

15:14

21:10

Nantes

15:54

21:50

London ►
Nantes, Rennes & Brittany

Eurostar, 30 min check-in

Saturdays

Sundays

Londres
St Pancras depart

08h58

08h58

12:58

12:58

08h58

08h58

15:04

15:04

Lille
Europe arrive

11h30

11h30

15:30

15:30

11h30

11h30

17h26

17h26

Easy change at Lille onto a

high-speed TGV…

Lille
Europe depart

11h46

11h46

17:52

17:52

12:46 f

12:46 f

17:52

17:52

Le Mans

14:25

14:25

20h26

20h26

15:26

15:26

20h26

20h26

Rennes

15:23

|

21:17

|

16:14

|

21:17

|

Angers

15:14

21:10

16:14

21:10

Nantes

15:54

21:50

16:54

21:50

Comment
read these timetables…  Each column is a
service you can take.  You read downwards, changing
trains where you come to the grey bar.

How to buy tickets   
What is Eurostar like?   
What are TGVs like?   
About changing trains at
Lille

* = runs
Monday-Thursday. Does not run on Fridays.

** = On Mondays the Eurostar connection leaves London 07:19 arriving Lille at 09:51. 
It still leaves at 06:50 on Tuesdays-Fridays.

f = departs
from Lille Flandres station, an easy 500m
6-minute walk
from Lille Europe
Eurostar/TGV station.

Please check train times for your date
of travel using
www.loco2.com
ou
www.trainline.eu, as times may vary on  certain
Rendez-vous.

Nantes, Rennes & Brittany ►
Londres

High-speed TGV…

Mondays to Fridays

Saturdays

Sundays

Nantes

06:03

12:03

06:03

12:03

08:06

12:03

Angers

06:44

12h44

06:44

12h44

08:48

12h44

Rennes

06:26

|

12h26

|

06:26

|

12h26

|

|

10:35

|

Le Mans

07:33

07:33

13h33

13h33

07:33

07:33

13h33

13h33

09:33

11:33

13h33

Lille
Europe arrive

10h06

10h06

16h07

16h07

10h06

10h06

16h07

16h07

12:09 f

14:11 f

16h07

Easy change at Lille onto Eurostar, 30 minute
check-in

Lille
Europe depart

13h30

13h30

17:35

17:35

13h30

13h30

17:35

17:35

15:30

15:30

17:35

Londres
St Pancras arrive

14h05

14h05

18h06

18h06

14h05

14h05

18h06

18h06

16:05

16:05

18:05

How much does it cost?

There are combined Eurostar+TGV
fares from London to Nantes, Rennes, Quimper, Brest or Lorient, starting
at €62 one-way or €110 return 2nd class, €129 one-way
or €228 return 1st class via either Paris or Lille.

Children under 4 go free. 
Children 4 but under 12  €59 one-way, €104 return.  Youth fares (aged
12-25) start at €60 one-way, €106 return.

Combined Eurostar+TGV fares from
London to Le Mans start at €51 one-way or €90 return 2nd class, €117 one-way
or €208 return 1st class.

Like air fares, fares increase as the cheaper
seats are sold, so check the online booking system
to see prices for your date of travel.  Book early & shop around for the
cheapest departure.

Alternatively, you can buy
separate Eurostar & TGV tickets.  London to Paris by Eurostar starts at
€45 one-way, €58 return.  Paris to Nantes or Rennes starts at just €20 each way.

How to buy tickets…

2nd class
with a mix or unidirectional seats & tables for 4.  Seats are 2+2
across car width. 

Panorama photo.

1ère classe
with a mix of unidirectional seats, solo seats, tables for 2 & for 4. 
Seats 2+1 across car width. 

Panorama photo.

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A great way to go:  Brittany Ferries' excellent ship,
the Bretagne waiting to sail overnight from Portsmouth to France…

There are two ways to reach Normandy, for example St Malo, Caen,
St Lo, Arramanches, Cherbourg.  You can travel by Eurostar and
connecting trains via Paris, or you cross the Channel by
ferry with
Brittany Ferries. 
Caen makes a good base for visiting the D-Day beaches, although you can't
get to the beaches by train,
you'll need to use buses or a hire car.

By Eurostar…

By ferry…

To go by ferry,
you take a train
from London (Waterloo) or your local station to Poole, Southampton or Portsmouth,
then a taxi from the station to the port, then you cross the English Channel by ferry to Normandy.

Premier,
check out the ferry routes, times and prices, using the
Seat61 Ferry Shop or
www.brittany-ferries.co.uk.  Routes include Portsmouth-St Malo,
Portsmouth-Caen (Ouistreham) & Poole-Cherbourg.  Many of
the ferries run overnight with comfortable cabins, allowing
you to spend a full day at work on one day, sail overnight
and arrive in
Normandy for breakfast next morning.

ensuite
check UK train times and fares from your local station to
Portsmouth, Southampton or Poole using
www.nationalrail.co.uk.  Remember to allow plenty
of time to connect between train and ferry, at least 60-90
minutes, preferably more, plus the ferry check-in time, usually 30-60 minutes
depending on the ferry operator.  If taking a ferry from
Portsmouth Continental Ferry Port, remember the station you
want is Portsmouth & Southsea, not Portsmouth Harbour,
taking a taxi to the ferry terminal.

If arriving at Ouistreham (the
ferry terminal for Caen), there's a special bus from the ferry terminal to
Caen station in central Caen which leaves after the ferry arrives and
passengers disembark – it costs just a euro or two.  In the return
direction there's no special bus, but the last regular town bus usually
leaves Caen station around 20:00 for Ouistreham town, where you can have a
meal then walk to the ferry.

Visiting
the D-day beaches…

Bayeux makes a
good base, as many of the tours depart from there, and it's
easily reached by train from either Cherbourg, Paris or Caen
(and don't forget to visit the Bayeux tapestry, showing a
much earlier battle from 1066!).

www.viator.com
has a selection of tours, including ones starting in Bayeux.

Or try these links for
private or group tours of the D-Day beaches: 
www.overlordtour.com,
www.guided-normandy-tours.com,
www.normandybattletours.com,
www.dday-guide.com,
www.ddaybattletours.com,
www.firstnormandybattlefieldtours.com. 
Feedback would be very welcome…

How to get to Mont St Michel…

Mont St Michel has no station, so you must either take a train to Pontorson-Mont St Michel station which is about 5 miles
away (bus and taxi available) or take a train to Rennes and a
connecting French Railways bus from there.

If you enter
'Mont St Michel' as your destination into
www.loco2.com
ou
www.trainline.eu it will offer you both 'Pontorson-Mont
St Michel' and 'Mont St Michel'.  If you select the
latter, it will offer combined train+bus times and fares
direct to Mont St Michel via Rennes.

Tip: When selecting your seating
options on
www.trainline.eu,
don't panic when it says 'no places available' against the bus (or in French
'car').  That just means there are no allocated seats, you can sit where
you like.  It does not mean the bus is full!

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London ► Calais & Lille by Eurostar…

Ordinaire
Eurostars link
London St Pancras with
Lille Europe station, an easy
800m walk from Lille city
centre.  A handful of Eurostars link London with Calais Fréthun, which is 9 km (5
miles) outside Calais town.

Aller à
www.eurostar.com
to check times & fares from London to Lille Europe or Calais Fréthun and to
book online.

In Calais, taxis are available
between Calais Fréthun and Calais town centre, journey time 15-20 minutes,
the cost likely to be around €30.  Alternatively, there's a regional (=
TER) train service between Calais Fréthun & Calais Ville station which costs
around €2, you can check train times using
www.loco2.com
and simply buy a ticket at the station in Calais.

You can also travel from
London to Calais is by train & ferry via
Dover, see the London to
Paris by train and ferry page for full details.  You can travel from
London to Calais one-way for €38.90 using a
Calais Day Tripper
Ticket, even bought on the day at Charing Cross station, no reservation
necessary.  This is significantly cheaper than Eurostar if you have to
travel at short notice.

London ► Boulogne, Etaples, Le Touquet, Amiens & Northern France…

The easiest way to reach any of these
places is to take Eurostar from
London St Pancras to either Calais
Fréthun (though only a handful of Eurostars call here) or Lille
(served by regular Eurostars throughout the day), and change
there onto a French regional train.  The good news is
that the online system at
www.loco2.com
(in English, tickets printed, collected at the station or sent to any UK address,
can book tickets starting at any British station not just London) or
                
www.trainline.eu (in
English & French, tickets printed or collected at the station) can book both the Eurostar and the
regional French train.  The not-so-good news is that
neither of these websites is very good at identifying journey
Opportunités. By all means just see what train times they give you, but the best way to check train times and
buy tickets is this:

Go to the German Railways all-Europe
online timetable, www.bahn.de/en.  This system is excellent at identifying journey
opportunities, even ones which involve several changes of train. 
You can rely on the Germans!

Enter 'London' and your final
destination, for example 'Boulogne', 'Amiens', 'St Quentin',
Le Touquet, Montreuil-sur-Mer or 'Etaples', whatever…

Find a journey option that looks
convenient for you, and make a note of the trains. Certains
suggested journeys will have a change of train in Lille (often
involving an easy 500m walk between
Lille Europe station where
the Eurostar arrives and Lille Flandres station), some a
change at Calais-Fréthun and occasionally even a change in Paris (via
Paris is admittedly a long way round, but it can sometimes be
a better bet).

The fastest and cheapest option is
usually to take a Eurostar from London to Calais-Fréthun and change there onto a
TER local train to Boulogne, Etaples, Le Touquet and so on, but it's not
the most frequent option as only a handful of Eurostars stop at Calais-Fréthun
so you may have to seek these departures out amongst the search results (or put
'Calais-Fréthun' in the 'via' box).  Rather than stabbing in the dark using
a journey planner, you can easily see the whole train service between London &
Calais-Fréthun at a glance if you
download the PDF-format Eurostar timetable linked from the Eurostar page.

Changing trains at Calais-Fréthun
is easy, the Eurostar arrives at platform 4 (platforms 3 & 4 are the two
high-level high-speed platforms) and regional TER trains leave from platforms 1
& 2 which are the two low-level classic line platforms, lifts are available. 
Going via Lille is more frequent, but means doubling-back and so usually costs a
bit more.

Now go to at
www.loco2.com
(in English, tickets printed, collected at the station or sent to any UK address) or
www.trainline.eu (for
any user, tickets printed or collected at the station), and first book the Eurostar from
London to Calais Fréthun or Lille & back.  Add this to your basket.

Still at
www.loco2.com
ou
                
www.trainline.eu,
now book
the regional train from Calais Fréthun or Lille to your final
destination and back, add to your basket and check out.

Regional TER train tickets
can be used on any train that day, not just the specific one you book. 
Eurostar & TGV tickets come with a seat reservation and can only be used on that
specific train.

The train & ferry alternative…

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French Alps ski resort
connections…

Dark blue line = stations served by Eurostar ski train &
Rail Europe Snow Train

Light blue lines = bus or taxi transfers from rail stations.

Il y a
two ways to reach
the French Alps by train, getting your holiday off to a good
start stress-free…

1. Eurostar ski train every winter Saturday,
London to the French Alps,

cliquez ici pour plus de détails

A direct
daytime Eurostar runs from London to the French Alps every Saturday from late December to
early April. 
It leaves London & Ashford in the morning and arrives
early evening at Moutiers, Aime & Bourg
St Maurice in the French Alps,
see the map opposite for the resorts it serves.  This is the easiest and most
civilised way to reach the Alps from London during the
skiing season, and its available both to independent
travellers and as part of many skiing holidays.
 There's also an overnight Eurostar on Friday
nights, although without any sleeping berths! 
See the Ski by Train page for
détails.

2. Daily
prévu
trains to the Alps, all-year round…

Alternatively, you can take regular, scheduled trains
running daily, year-round to destinations all over the
French Alps.  You can travel by day, taking Eurostar to
Paris, crossing Paris by Metro, then a high-speed TGV to the
Alps, or overnight, taking Eurostar to Paris, crossing Paris
by Metro, then taking an overnight train with couchettes. 
You'll find additional direct Paris-Bourg st Maurice trains on Fridays &
Saturdays in the skiing season.

Unfortunately, the overnight couchette trains between Paris & Bourg St
Maurice & St Gervais were discontinued from 1 October 2016.

London ► French Alps

Eurostar, 30 min check-in

du quotidien

toute l'année

Mon-Fri & Sun

toute l'année

du quotidien

toute l'année

Fridays

toute l'année

Londres
St Pancras depart

10:24

11:31*

10:24

10:24

Paris Gare du Nord  arrive

13:47

14:47*

13:47

13:47

Traverser
Paris by metro
  to the Paris Gare
de Lyon
for high-speed TGV

Paris Gare de Lyon depart

15:11

16h11

14:41

15:49

Chambéry

|

|

17:38

19h08

Albertville

|

|

18:42
g

19:52

Moutiers-Salins

|

|

19:10
g

20:22

Aime la Plagne

|

|

19:28
g

20:38

Bourg st Maurice (for Les Arcs)

|

|

19:52
g

20:58

Annecy

|

|

St Gervais arrive

19:56 b

21:56 b

Chamonix arrive

20:48 c

French Alps ► London

High-speed
TGV…

Daily all year

Mon-Fri

toute l'année

Saturdays

en hiver

du quotidien

toute l'année

Saturdays

en hiver

Sat & Sun

toute l'année

Chamonix depart

07:15 c

09:15 c

09:15 d

10:15 d

St Gervais depart

08:04 b

10:04 b

10h14

12h43

Annecy

|

|

|

|

Bourg st Maurice (for Les Arcs)

|

|

|

12:14 g

13:15

|

Aime la Plagne

|

|

|

12:29 g

13:37

|

Moutiers-Salins

|

|

|

12:43 g

13:57

|

Albertville

|

|

|

13:24 g

14:28

|

Chambéry

|

|

|

15:37

15:04

|

Paris Gare de Lyon arrive

12:49

14h52

14:49

18:45

18:11

17h49

Traverser
Paris by metro
  to the Gare du Nord for
Eurostar, 30 min check-in

Paris Gare du Nord depart

15:13

17:13

17:13

21h13

20:13

19:13

Londres
St Pancras arrive

16:39

18:32

18:32

22h39

21h39

20h39

Comment
read these timetables  Each column is a
service you can take.  You read downwards, changing
trains where you come to the grey bar.

Important:
Trains to the Alps vary enormously by date & time of
year, in fact I'd call SNCF's timetable on these routes a
shambles, so use these times as a rough guide, and check for your
own date of travel
en utilisant
www.loco2.com
ou
www.trainline.eu.

b = change at
Bellegarde.

c = change at
Bellegarde & St Gervais.

d = change at St
Gervais.

e = Eurostar leaves London at
09:31 on most Saturdays.

g = change at
Chambéry.

Les Arcs
is linked to Bourg St Maurice station by a funicular railway
which runs every 20 minutes.

Comment acheter
tickets…

French Alps ski resort
connections…

Dark blue line = stations served by Eurostar ski train &
Rail Europe Snow Train

Light blue lines = bus or taxi transfers from rail stations.

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UK to Corsica by train &
ferry…

Arriving in Ajaccio at sunset on Corsica Ferries Mega Express II from Nice…

Corsica is a
fantastic destination, with Mediterranean beaches, great
mountain scenery and excellent hiking opportunities – check
en dehors de
GR20 walking route across the island. la Corse
doesn't get overcrowded, either, even in summer. le
Corsican tourist office website is

www.visit-corsica.com.  UK to Corsica
without flying? Aucun problème! Just take Eurostar and a high-speed TGV or
overnight couchette train from London to the south of
France, then a ship or fast ferry
across the sunny Mediterranean to Corsica.  Two ferry
companies, Corsica Linea (www.corsicalinea.com)
& Corsica Ferries (www.corsica-ferries.co.uk),
sail from Marseille, Toulon or Nice on the mainland to Bastia, Ajaccio
on Corsica.  There are also ferries from Italy (Savona & Livorno,
www.moby.it).  The crossing from Nice to
Bastia takes 5½ hours by comfortable ship. 
There are daily overnight ferries from Marseille & Toulon to Ajaccio
& Bastia with comfortable cabins.  Here are two
suggested ways to reach Corsica, though naturally they
aren't the only options:

London to
Corsica, via overnight ferry from Marseille…

Laisser
London St Pancras by Eurostar at
10:58, make one
easy change of train at Lille and
arrive Marseille St Charles at
19:51. 
See the train times
above for details.  London-Marseille starts at €68 one-way or €120 return,
book the trains as
shown above.

On arrival at
Marseille St Charles
station, either take a taxi to the Corsica Linea
(formerly SNCM) ferry terminal,
or use the Marseille Metro (www.rtm.fr)
from St Charles station 2 stops to Place de la Joliette, you
want line 2, direction Bougainville, and the fare is around
€1.80.  Place de Joliette metro station is just 50m
from the entrance to the ferry terminal.  You can walk
from the station to the ferry terminal via Marseille's famous Vieux Port, but it's a fair
old way and not an attractive or easy walk once past the Vieux Port.

Sail overnight
from Marseille to Ajaccio or Bastia, Corsica's first and
second cities respectively.  Corsica Linea (www.corsicalinea.com,
successor to defunct state-owned SNCM) sails overnight daily to both cities. 
Sailing times vary, but the ship usually sails from Marseille at around
19:00-21:00 arriving Bastia or Ajaccio around 07:00-08:00.  Cabins have en suite toilet & shower, and even
satellite TV if you don't mind watching Midsomer
Murders in French!  The best way to book the
ferry is online at
www.corsicalinea.com,
you simply print out your own ticket and show it at the
port, or you can book most ferry routes & operators to
Corsica on the Seat61

online ferry booking page.  Alternatively, you can book by phone with
their UK agent, Southern Ferries, on 020
7491 4968.

In the return
direction, there are daily overnight ferries from both
Ajaccio & Bastia to Marseille.  Allow at least 2 hours
next morning to make the connection in Marseille, then
choose one of the TGV and Eurostar services from Marseille
to London shown above. You'll arrive in
St Pancras in the early evening, less than 24 hours after
leaving Corsica.

London to
Corsica, via Corsica Ferries' afternoon sailing from Nice…

Step 1, travel from London to Nice by daytime trains
and spend a night and morning in Nice. 
See the train times
& fares above, and book the trains online as shown above.  Spend the morning exploring Nice. 
At lunchtime, walk or take a taxi past the Old Town and
around the headland to Nice's old port from where the
ferries leave.

Step 2, Corsica Ferries
(www.corsica-ferries.co.uk)
have a more or less daily afternoon sailing from Nice to
Bastia, and on some days another one to Ajaccio, leaving
Nice around 14:00-15:00 and arriving in Bastia or Ajaccio
around 19:30-20:30 (all on day 2 from London). Haut
tip:  Even though it's a daytime ferry, spend an extra
€30 on a private day cabin, so you can snooze, take a
shower and freshen up.  Corsica Ferries ships are
modern and very comfortable.  The easiest way to book
the ferry is online at

www.corsica-ferries.co.uk,
you simply print out your own ticket and show it at the
port, or you can book most ferry routes & operators to
Corsica on the

Seat61 ferry booking page.  The price varies depending on the season.

In the return direction there's
normally a morning sailing from Bastia (and on some days Ajaccio) to Nice,
leaving around 08:00.  Stay overnight in Nice then travel to London via
Paris or via Lille,
see the train times
& fares above.

Corsica Ferries Mega Express Four about to sail from Nice…

A cosy cabin on a Corsica Ferries ship…

Custom-made holidays from the UK to Corsica, by train &
ferry…

If you'd rather leave all the
organisation to someone else, rail travel specialists

www.railbookers.co.uk
(020 3327 0761) can tailor-make a holiday to Corsica
by train and ferry for any length of time, leaving on any
date you like, using a variety of train and ferry options.

Train travel in Corsica:  Ajaccio,
Corte, Bastia, Ile Rousse, Calvi…

A delightfully scenic
narrow-gauge train links Bastia, Ponte Leccia,
Corte, Vizzavona & Ajaccio (four trains per day), with a
branch from Ponte Leccia to Ile Rousse & Calvi (two trains
per day).  The line winds right up through Corsica's
dramatic central mountains, which explains why the 152km
from Ajaccio to Bastia takes 3½
hours!  Highly recommended, although it can get hot and
crowded in summer.  It's run by French Railways (SNCF)
though is branded CFC – Chemins de Fer de la Corse.  For a route map and timetables, see
site officiel
http://cf-corse.fr  or
unofficial site

Chemins de Fer de la Corse.  You may find
more up-to-date timetables, as well as bus timetables, at
independent website

www.corsicabus.org.  Nw air-conditioned trains with
panoramic windows are now in service, linking
Bastia & Ajaccio in under 3 hours at up to 100 km/h even on
Corsica's narrow metre-gauge tracks.

New panoramic trains
finally in service on Corsica…  Courtesy of Nigel
Edmund-Jones.

Vizzavona:  An Ajaccio-Corte-Bastia train at
Vizzavona…

The Viaduc du vechju, in central
la Corse

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London to Dijon, Reims, Metz, La Rochelle, Versailles, Orléans, Blois…

You can get to just about anywhere in France by train from
London.  Dijon, Reims, Clermont Ferrand, Versailles, Orleans,
Blois, and so on.

Aller à
www.loco2.com or www.trainline.eu (residents of any country).

You can book from London to your final destination in one go. Chercher
journeys with an easy-same-station change in Lille if there are any shown. 
If you are offered this option, it's simpler than crossing Paris.

However, for journeys via Paris, it's often better to split the journey in Paris
comme suit. This is so you can allow longer in Paris for a meal, or if an
earlier Eurostar has cheaper fares available, it also allows you to avoid some
sub-standard 40-minute cross-Paris connections which have unfortunately been
pre-programmed into SNCF's database.  I recommend nothing less than 60
minutes for any cross-Paris connection between Paris Nord and Paris Gare de
Lyon.

Step 1, book from Paris to your final destination at
www.trainline.eu. 
Step 2, allowing at least 60 minutes to cross Paris southbound, 90 minutes
northbound (as this includes the 30 minute Eurostar check-in), book from London
to Paris and back at

www.eurostar.com. Vous pouvez
choose an exact seat on Eurostar if you book this way too,

see tips on choosing a seat here.

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If you've time for lunch or dinner
à
Paris Gare de Lyon…

I highly recommend eating at the famous
and remarkable Train Bleu restaurant inside the Gare de Lyon, on the main
concourse, see the Train
Bleu restaurant page for more details.

…or at the Gare du Nord, try the Brasserie Terminus
Nord…

If you'd like a decent meal near
the Gare du Nord rather than the Gare de Lyon, try the
typically French Brasserie Terminus Nord (www.terminusnord.com),
just across the road from  the front of the Gare du
Nord.  It's good quality French cuisine in classic
Parisian brasserie surroundings, and so handy for Eurostar. 
Main dishes cost around €18-€20.

For Motorail car-carrying trains
to the south of France,
 
voir le
motorail page.

French Motorail
from Calais no longer operates, but a French Railways Auto
Train car carrying service operates from Paris to major
French cities including Nice and Narbonne.  For details
voir le
motorail page.

Plenty of companies offer
combined Eurostar+hotel deals for an economical short break in
Paris or Lille.  There are times when a combined
Eurostar+hotel offer can be cheaper than a normal Eurostar
ticket!  Try:

www.eurostar.com
– Eurostar's own short break packages to Paris & Lille

www.railbookers.co.uk
– tailor-made breaks to Paris and cities all over France

www.lastminute.com
– short breaks to Paris

www.greatrail.com
– 5-day escorted short breaks to the Champagne region, to the Dordogne, to the
Chateaux of the Loire or to Strasbourg & Alsace, all overland by train from the
UK, from around €695-€795.

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020 3327 0761 (UK)

1-888-829-4775 (USA)

1-855-882-2910 (Canada)

1300 971 526 (Aus)

0800 000 554 (NZ)

01904 730 727

01904 527120

Several good companies organise holidays & tours
to France by Eurostar & high-speed TGV, with regular departures, no airport
hassles and no whole days spent in cramped coach seats on motorways.  Rail
Discoveries & Great Rail Journeys offer escorted tours where you travel as a
group with a tour manager and all the legwork done for you.  Railbookers
can tailor-make a holiday to key French cities to meet your
own requirements, with departure on any date you like.

Railbookers for custom-made tours, holidays & breaks to France
by train….

Railbookers can tailor-make a
flight-free holiday or short break to France for you, with train travel,
transfers & hotels included, leaving on any date you like. Par exemple,
they offer a 2-night break to Avignon or a 6-night holiday to Nice & Cannes with
daytime train travel by Eurostar & TGV.   If you tell them what you
want, they'll advise you on the best trains, routes & hotels and sort it all out
pour vous. They get a lot of repeat business!

UK call 020 3327 0761,

www.railbookers.co.uk.

US call free 1-888-829-4775,

see website.

Canada call free 1-855-882-2910,

see website.

Australia call toll-free 1300 971 526,

see website.

New Zealand call toll-free 0800 000 554 or

see website.

Great Rail
Journeys,
www.greatrail.com, 01904 527 120…

GRJ offers
five-star escorted tours to France by train, with 1st class train
travel and 5* or 4* hotels. 
Tours include an 8-day tour to Nice & the Cote d'Azur, the Pyrenees or Lake Annecy &
Mont Blanc, all with overland travel from London by train. 
Great Rail Journeys also offer
                   
holidays by train to other European countries.  Check
the tour details & prices online, then call 01904 527120 to
book or use their
en ligne
booking form.

Rail Discoveries
offers escorted tours to France by train, with 3* or 2* hotels and travel
by Eurostar & TGV.  For example, they offer a 6-day
tour to Annecy & Chamonix in the French Alps, or a 7-day holiday from London to
Nice & the French Riviera.  Check prices at
www.raildiscoveries.com,
then book online or call 01904 730 727.

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Prendre
the train to France, then hire a car: 

www.holidayautos.com

City centres and
cars don't mix well, so stick with the train for city-based
tours.  But if you want to get out of the cities and into
the countryside, hiring a car can be a great idea. Début
by trying
Holiday Autos,
www.holidayautos.com, they're part of Lastminute.com so are reliable and have a wide range of
locations and very good prices.

Compare
50 different car hire companies: 

www.carrentals.co.uk

The award-winning
site Internet
www.carrentals.co.uk compares many different car hire
companies including Holiday Autos, meaning not only a cheapest
price comparison but a wider choice of hire and drop off
location.

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le
European Rail Timetable (formerly the Thomas Cook European
Timetable)
has train & ferry times for every country in Europe plus
currency & climate information.  It is essential
for regular European train travellers and an inspiration for
armchair travellers.  Published since 1873, it had just
celebrated 140 years of publication when Thomas Cook decided
to pull the plug on their entire publishing department, but
the dedicated
ex-Thomas Cook team set up a private venture and resumed publication of the
famous European Rail
Timetable in March 2014.  You can buy it online with worldwide shipping
à
non plus
www.stanfords.co.uk or

www.europeanrailtimetable.eu. 
More information
on what the European Rail Timetable contains.

A Traveller's Railway Map of
Europe covers the whole of Europe from
Portugal in the west to Moscow & Istanbul in the east, Finland in the north
to Sicily & Athens in the south.  On the back are detailed maps of
Switzerland, Benelux & Germany, plus city plans showing stations in
major cities.  Scenic & high-speed routes highlighted. 
Buy it online for €14.50 + postage worldwide (UK addresses €2.80) at

www.stanfords.co.uk/Continents/Europe-A-Travellers-Railway-Map_9789077899090.htm
or (in the Netherlands) for €13 + €5.50 postage from
www.treinreiswinkel.nl.

Paying
for a guidebook may seem an unnecessary expense, but it's a
tiny fraction of what you're spending on your whole trip. 
You will see so much more, and know so much more about what
you're looking at, if you have a decent guidebook. je
recommend the Lonely Planet or Rough Guides as the best ones
out there for independent travellers.  Click the images
to buy the books – if you buy anything at
Amazone
through these links, Seat61.com gets a small commission (at no
extra cost to you) to help support the site.  My own
book, an essential handbook for train travel to Europe based
on this website called "The
Man in Seat 61", was first published in June 2008 and
revised April 2010, and is available from Amazon with
shipping worldwide.

Click the images to buy at

Amazon.co.uk…

Alternatively, you can download just the
chapters or areas you need in .PDF format

from the Lonely Planet Website, from around €2.99 or
US€4.95 a chapter.

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Favourite hotel search & price comparison:
 

hotelscombined.com

www.hotelscombined.com
checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of
hotels & the cheapest seller.  It's been named as the World's Leading Hotel
Comparison Site in the World Travel Awards and I recommend it
to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer
isn't selling the same hotel for less.

► Favourite hotel
booking site: www.booking.com

www.booking.com
is my favourite hotel booking site, and unless HotelsCombined throws up major price
differences I prefer doing my bookings in one place here.

You can usually book with free
cancellation – this allows you to confirm your accommodation at no risk before train
booking opens.  It also means you can hold accommodation while you finalise
your itinerary, and alter your plans as they evolve – a feature I use all
the time when putting a trip together.

Hotels near the Gare du Nord, Gare de l'Est, Gare de Lyon & other Paris stations:

If you need to stay over between trains,
here are some suggestions that are both very close and get
good reviews:

Hôtels
near the Gare du Nord with good reviews: 

Libertel Gare du Nord Suede (5 min walk from Gare du
Nord, 2-star, doubles €135),

Mercure Terminus Nord (3-star, doubles €180,
directly across the road from the Gare Du Nord); 
Art Hotel (3-star,
€120 weekdays, €95 Fri/Sat/Sun); 

Avalon Hotel (2-star, doubles €110); 
Hotel Cambrai
(5 min walk from Gare du Nord, 1-star, doubles €65).

Hôtels
near the Gare de 'Est with good reviews: 

Libertel Gare de l'Est Français (opposite the
station, 3-star, doubles €89); 

Libertel Gare du Nord Suede (350m from the Gare de
l'Est, 2-star, doubles €135). 
Comfort Hotel Gare de l'Est
(2-star, doubles €90).

Hôtels
near the Gare de Lyon with good reviews: 

Hotel Terminus Lyon (right in front of the station,
3-star, doubles €139); 

Mercure Paris Gare de Lyon (on the station itself,
4-star, doubles €120);  

Novotel Paris Gare de Lyon (opposite the station,
4-star, doubles €139); 

Mistral Hotel (800m from Gare de Lyon, 1-star,
doubles €68); 

Hotel de Reims (5 min walk from Gare de Lyon,
2-star, doubles €86);

Hôtels
near the Gare Montparnasse with good reviews: 

Mercure Paris Gare Montparnasse (150m from the Gare
Montparnasse, 4-star, doubles €175); 

Best Western Sevres Montparnasse (15 minute walk to
Gare Montparnasse, 3-star, doubles €170); 

La Maison Montparnasse (10 min walk from station,
2-star, doubles €98); 

Hotel du Maine (5 min walk from station, 2-star,
doubles €92).

Special hotels for a romantic break in Paris…

There's the famous & flashy
Paris Ritz in the Place Vendôme of course (over
€900 a night) or the similarly-priced
Le Meurice, but if you want a really special hotel for a
luxury break or romantic weekend and can afford to splurge
around €290 a night, I'd recommend the small, sumptuous
and intimate
L'Hotel.  It's on the bohemian left bank, walking
distance from the Seine, the Ile de la Cité & Notre Dame. 
Oscar Wilde spent the last days of his life here in room 16,
and the hotel has been used by many famous people from
Sinatra to Mick Jagger.  Rooms are on the cosy side,
but they are beautifully decorated and have character that
other hotels lack.

Other hotel sites
worth trying…

www.tripadvisor.com
is a good place to browse independent travellers' reviews of the main hotels,
and it has the low-down on destination sights & attractions,
aussi.

www.accorhotels.com:  If
you want a consistently good-quality hotel at a reasonable price,
rather than unique character, try the Ibis, Mercure & Sofitel
hotels run by Accor group in almost all French cities, with
online direct booking.  A city-centre Ibis hotel booked
in advance online can be a very good deal.

www.hostelworld.com:  If you're on a tight budget,
don't forget about backpacker hostels.  Hostelworld
offers online booking of cheap private rooms or dorm beds in backpacker hostels in Paris and most other European
cities at rock-bottom prices.

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Take out decent travel insurance, it's essential…

Never travel without proper travel insurance from a reliable insurer
with at least €1m or preferably €5m medical cover.  It should also cover
loss of cash & belongings (up to a limit), and trip cancellation.  An annual
multi-trip policy is usually cheapest even for just 2 or 3 trips
a year – I have an annual policy myself. 
However, don't expect travel insurance to bail you out of every missed
connection, see
the advice on missed connections here.  Here are some suggested insurers,
Seat61 gets a little commission if you buy through these
links, and feedback from using
insurance for rail & ferry travel is always welcome.

Dans
the UK, use

www.confused.com to compare prices & policy features across
major insurance companies.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over 65, see
www.JustTravelCover.com
– 10% discount with code seat61.

If you live in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the
EU, try

Columbus Direct's other websites.

If you live in the USA try

Travel Guard USA.

Get an
EU health card, it's free…

If you're a
UK citizen travelling in Europe, you should apply for a free
European Health Insurance Card, which entitles you to free or
reduced rate health care if you become ill or get injured in
many European countries, under a reciprocal arrangement with
the NHS.  This replaced the old E111 forms
as from January 2006. 
The EHIC card is available from ww.nhs.uk.  It doesn't remove the need for
travel insurance, though.

Carry a spare credit card, designed for travel with no
currency exchange loading & low/no ATM fees

Taking out an extra credit card costs nothing, but if you keep it in a different part of your luggage you
won't be left stranded if
your wallet gets stolen. En outre,
some credit cards are better for
overseas travel than others.  Martin Lewis's

www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-travel-money
explains which UK credit cards have the lowest currency
exchange commission loadings when you buy something
overseas, and the lowest cash withdrawal fees when you use
an ATM abroad.

When you're travelling you often use free WiFi in public places which may not be
secure.  A VPN means your connection to the internet is encrypted & always
secure, even using unsecured WiFi.  In countries such as China where access
to Twitter & Facebook is restricted, a VPN gets around these restrictions. 
And lastly, you can select the geographic location of the IP address you browse
with, to get around geographic restrictions which some websites apply – for
example one booking site charges a booking fee to non-European visitors but none
to European visitors, so if you're not located in Europe you can avoid this fee
by browsing with a UK IP address using a VPN. 
VPNs & why you need one explained. 
ExpressVPN
is a best buy and I use them myself.

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