Coming to France by train or planning to travel by train in the country? All you need to know to organise your journey...
Many trains (with trips during the day and overnight) connect France to other major cities in Europe. Eurail offers rail passes to travel within Europe that can be purchased before you arrive.
To plan your itinerary and make reservations, you can visit Rail Europe's website, which combines schedules and fares from over 50 companies across Europe (and sells Eurail passes.)
If you are planning on taking multiple train trips while in Europe, you can take advantage of discounted fares available for small groups (2-5 people), youths and seniors. More information is available through Rail Europe.
Arriving by train from Great Britain
Eurostar is a high-speed train with service from Great Britain to France. It connects Paris, Lille and Calais to London, Ashford (Kent) and Ebbsfleet (Kent), traveling by tunnel underneath the Manche.
Reservations can be made online or by phone at 0 892 35 35 390 892 35 35 39 (0.34 €/minute).
Arriving by train from the Netherlands and Belgium
Thalys offers up to 25 trains a day to Paris coming from Brussels, Belgium, and also offers direct service from Anvers, Gand, Bruges, Oostende or Amsterdam in the Netherlands and Cologne and Düsseldorf in Germany.
Reservations can be made online or by phone at: 0 892 35 35 360 892 35 35 36 (0.4 €/minute).
Arriving by train from Germany
From Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich, SNCF and Deutsche Bahn offer service to Paris and Strasbourg.
Reservations can be made online through Rail Europe or by phone at:
SNCF: +33 892 35 35 35+33 892 35 35 35
Deutsche Bahn: +49 1806 996633+49 1806 996633
Arriving by train from Switzerland
The TGV Lyria offers service between Geneva, Lausanne, Interlaken, Zurich, Neuchâtel in Switzerland and Paris, as well as French cities in the Mediterranean.
Reservations can be made online or by phone at +33 892 35 35 35+33 892 35 35 35 (0.34 €/minute).
Arriving by train from Italy
TGV offers service during the day between Paris, Turin and Milan, and Thello's night trains will take you between Paris and Rome, Venice, Florence, Bologna and more while you sleep.
TGV: Reserve online or by phone at +33 8 92 35 35 35+33 8 92 35 35 35.
Thello: Reserve online or by phone at + 33 1 83 82 00 00+ 33 1 83 82 00 00.
Arriving by train from Spain
Elipsos connects Barcelona and Madrid to Paris with stops in Perpignan, Limoges, Poitiers and Blois.
Tickets can be booked online through Rail Europe.
Coming to France via the new Orient Express
This new luxury train service operated by the Russian company RZD links Moscow and Nice in a 48-hour trip across Europe.
Tickets can be booked online or by phone at + 1 800-524-2420+ 1 800-524-2420 FREE.
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- More information from Eurail
- More information from Rail Europe
- More information from Eurostar
- More information from Thalys
- More information from Deutsche Bahn
- More information from TGV Lyria
- More information from TGV France-Italy
- More information from Thello
- More information on the Orient Express
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