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French summer ticket release

French summer ticket release

From today, 26 March 2019, you can book newly released French train tickets for travel between 26 June to 05 July 2019.

As always, when it comes to rail travel, the further in advance you book, the easier it will be to find cheap fares. This release of summer train tickets covers both domestic and international journeys.

Travel by train within France 

Travel from Paris to Strasbourg in just 1 hr 45 mins. As well as exploring the Grande-Île medieval quarter which boasts world-class restaurants, particularly in La Petite France area, you can head to the Black Forest by train by taking a 1 hr journey to Freiburg.

Travel from Paris to Aix-en-Provence by train in just 3 hrs on high-speed, double-decker trains. Raise a glass in memory of Picasso, one of the many great artists and thinkers who frequented this beautiful Provençal town.

Travel from Paris to Montpellier in under 3 hrs 30 mins. Montpellier is a young lively city bursting with contemporary chic, starting with its stunning, modern station. Pick up a  Vélomagg bike scheme to cycle to the Mediterranean, just 12km away.

It’s under 6 hrs from Paris to Nice. As well as being a world-renowned city of chic, Nice is also a great base for exploring more secluded spots such as the Mercantour National Park or Menton on the Italian border.

The Loire is all about Leonardo this year, the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance master’s death. Take the train to Amboise, Chenonceau and Blois to visit chateaus celebrating da Vinci’s work and philosophy.

Discover Leonardo’s landscapes by bike, following segments of the Loire à Vélo trail. Access it at Tours, Angers, Nantes, Orléans or Saint-Nazaire with plenty of places to hire bikes en route.  

International train travel from Paris 

The journey from Paris to Barcelona takes just over 6 hrs to go from Notre Dame to the Sagrada Familia. Being one of Europe’s most popular international rail routes, it’s always wise to book in advance.

Travelling by train from Paris to Lucerne involves one change in Basel, but an early morning train from Gare de Lyon in Paris will get you to the Altstadt in time for lunch by the Lake.

It’s around 8 hrs 30 mins to travel from Paris to Florence by train. With just one change in Turin, this must be one of Europe’s finest art train trails.

It’s a short 2 hrs 10 mins hop from Paris to Luxembourg City. Luxembourg has a UNESCO protected Old Town and is the only Grand Duchy in the world.

For more ideas of where to travel by train in France this summer, see
France’s top cycling trails, A trip to Bordeaux or Paris and then where blogs.

Image credits top to bottom: House tanners, Petite France district. Strasbourg, France iStock ©g215, Amboise iStock ©kodachrome25, ©krishna naudin, Barceloneta Beach in Barcelona ©ake1150sb, Cap Ferret Lighthouse iStock ©Fouque

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