Getting to France by train

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Josephine Herbelin
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Reading time: 0 minPublished on 21 March 2024, updated on 22 May 2024

France has an extensive rail network that allows tourists to travel around the country easily and quickly, but also to reach it from its European neighbors.

Visit France by train:

With 440 high-speed trains, the SNCF has the largest fleet in Europe. Every day, 700 TGV trains travel nearly 10,000 kilometres and serve 230 stations throughout France.

These high-speed trains are moving faster and faster and now allow Paris to be connected to the main cities of France in less than three hours: Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Nantes …

Intercity trains also allow you to travel to more than 345 destinations across 12 regions with 23 day and 5 night lines.

The regional TERs  serve nearly 5,000 stations in France.

To organize your trip by train or make your reservations, you can consult the SNCF website to find more information on existing 

Coming to France by train:

Many high-speed rail lines connect France to its European neighbours.

From the Netherlands and Belgium: Thalys connects Amsterdam to Paris in 3h18. It connects Brussels to Paris in 1h22 and Lille. Direct connections to Paris are also accessible from Schiphol, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Liège and Aix la Chapelle. TGV and eurostar connect Lille in 36 minutes from Brussels and 2h36 from Amsterdam.

From Great Britain: you can reach Paris from London in just 2h17. Eurostar also connects Lille, Calais and Marne La Vallée.

From Germany: Thalys connects Cologne, Düsseldorf, Duisburg, Essen and Dortmund directly to Paris. Alleo also offers direct routes between Paris and Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich.

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