One stop shop for Train Travel

Press release

One-Stop Shop for train travel Rail Europe encourages North American travelers to explore France by train. From all neighboring countries, travelers can easily connect France: . London - Paris: a 2h16mn train ride . Amsterdam - Paris: a 3h18mn train ride . Brussels - Paris: a 1h22mn train ride . Frankfurt - Paris: a 3h50mn train ride . Zurich - Paris: a 4h03mn train ride . Geneva - Paris: a 3h09mn train ride . Turin - Paris: a 5h59mn train ride . Barcelona - Paris: a 6h15mn train ride All major French cities are connected by the high speed TGV. Traveling at speeds up to 200 mph, the TGV allows passengers to see more of France in less time. For more than 25 years, France's advanced network of high speed trains has provided comfortable, fast and convenient travel within France and to neighboring destinations. Now, with recently expanded routes, as well as new travel products from Rail Europe Inc., the time has never been better to experience France by rail. High speed trains make for easy day trips from Paris: Paris - Reims : a 46mn train ride. Reims is the capital of the Champagne region, where travelers can sample France's most fabulous, bubbly export. Paris - Lyon: a 1h58mn train ride. Lyon is the capital of the Rhone-Alps region and is considered home to France's culinary culture. Paris – Bordeaux: a 3 h14mn train ride. The city of Bordeaux and its prestigious wine region is an easy day trip from Paris. Paris – Marseille: a 3 h19mn train ride. The lively port city of Marseille in the Provence region is a great way to experience the south of France. Travelers can add convenience and value to their vacation experience in France with a variety of France rail products, including: France Rail Pass - Offers 1st or 2nd class extensive travel on the national rail network of France with a choice of either one and up to nine travel days within a one month period (to be used consecutively or non-consecutively) or 2, 4, 5, 8 or 15 days of consecutive travel. The Easy Access passholder fare is available only to travelers using the France Rail Pass. Note, this fare has strict rules and may only be used with the France Rail Pass (fines will be issued on the train to non-France Rail Pass travelers). Rail pass is valid on RER Line B between Paris Charles de Gaulle airport and Paris Nord Station: Prior to boarding RER, proceed to the SNCF-Transilien ticket counter in Roissy CDG and ask for a “contremarque” voucher. Discounted offers: • Discount for travelers under 26 years of age. • Discount for travelers over 60 years of age. • Discount for 2 to 5 people traveling together. • NEW: up to two children (age 4-11) travel free with each adult or senior traveler . Reservation Requirements with a France Rail Pass: This rail pass covers trains that are operated by the national railway of France, SNCF. Reservations are required for almost all domestic, international and night trains. Travelers with a rail pass may be required to purchase a special reservation for the portion of the journey that isn't covered by their rail pass. The Eurostar train isn't covered by any rail pass, but travelers with a France Rail Pass are eligible to receive a discount on Eurostar tickets. Reservations are an additional cost to the rail pass and can be requested within 90 days of your travel date. Rail Europe also offer the entire Eurail pass collection with the following Eurail regional passes that cover the French rail network: Eurail Benelux-France Pass Eurail France-Germany Pass Eurail France-Italy Pass Eurail France-Switzerland Pass Eurail France-Spain Pass Eurail Select Pass (just select France as part of the countries you wish this pass to cover) Eurail Global Pass covering 28 countries: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey (Liechtenstein and Monaco are considered part of Austria and France respectively). Choose a continuous pass good for 15 or 21 travel days, or 1, 2 or 3 travel months; or a flexi pass offering 5 travel days of travel within a 10 day period or 10 or 15 travel days to be used within a 2-month period, with your choice of consecutive or non-consecutive travel days. All travel is first class, unless the traveler is under 26-years of age and eligible for a youth pass. The Eurail Global pass also offers Saverpass fares for 2 or more traveling together. In addition to the rail travel products above, Rail Europe is your one-stop-shop, offering popular sightseeing activities in France (and beyond), such as: Paris Visite- Allows travelers to visit the areas of Paris by Metro and bus. It is valid for the Charles de Gaulle train shuttle to the airport, travel to Versailles and beyond. Paris Museum Pass - This pass gives you priority admission and free access to 60 museums, castles, gardens, cathedrals and monuments in and around Paris, including multiple visits at no extra charge. Paris L'Open Hop-On –Hop Off Tour- a 2-hour route allowing you to discover the highlights of Paris and choose the sights worth seeing. Bateaux Parisiens Seine River Cruise with Lunch – a 3-course lunch with wine including live entertainment. D-Day Tour including Guided Museum Visit and Lunch – a 5-hour guided tour of D-Day sites Garonne River Cruise with Bordeaux Wine Tasting Provence Wine and Heritage Tour from Avignon: Les Baux de Provence, Nimes and Uzes – full-day trip includes wine and olive oil tastings as well as discovery of the Nimes Roman Amphitheater as well as the Pont du Gard aqueduct. French Riviera Sightseeing Cruise from Nice Avignon Tour with Skip-the-Line Pope’s Palace – entrance to the Pope’s Palace including 1 glass of Cotes du Rhone wine Rhone Valley Wine Tour from Avignon: Chateauneuf –du-Pape and Travel L’atelier des Chefs French Cooking Class in Lyon – a cooking class in this iconic world class gastronomic city Alsace Wine Route: Tasting Tour from Strasbourg For more information and pricing or to book any of Rail Europe's rail passes and train tickets, consult a travel agent or log on to Travelers may also call Rail Europe at 1-800-622-8600 (U.S.). For information on destinations in France, log on to


Mélanie Albaric
Rail Europe