Take Eurostar & TGV high-speed train from Paris to Nice, Marseille, Lyon, Bordeaux, Avignon, Strasbourg, Perpignan...

This page explains how to travel by train from Paris to other European cities and how to buy the cheapest tickets.  It doesn't matter where you live, in Europe, Asia, the USA or Australia, you can buy train tickets from Paris as shown here and save money over expensive railpasses or travel agent mark-ups - usually booking online direct from the operator with print-at-home or collect-at-station tickets & few or no booking fees.  On the other hand, if you'd rather someone sorted out your whole trip for you, see here.

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Before you buy your tickets...

I recommend taking a moment to read these important tips for buying European train tickets.  It answers all the usual questions, such as "Do I need to book in advance or can I just turn up & buy at the station?", "How far ahead can I book?", "Can I stop off?", "Are there Senior fares?" and that old favourite, "Should I buy an $800 railpass or just go online & buy a €35 point-to-point ticket?".

Answering your questions about European train travel...

An introduction to European train travel

 

Senior fares (over 60)

 

Guide to Eurail passes (overseas visitors)

Important tips for buying European train tickets

Youth fares (under 26)

 

Guide to InterRail passes (for Europeans)

How to check European train times

Child fares & child age limits

 

Couchettes & sleepers on night trains

Do I need to book in advance?

Luggage on European trains

 

Train seat numbering plans

How far ahead can I book?

Luggage storage at stations

 

Wheelchairs & special needs

Can I stop off on the way?

Taking a bike by train

 

Real-time service updates

Should I travel 1st or 2nd class?

Taking a car by train

 

Hotels & accommodation

How long to allow for connections?

Taking dogs & pets by train

 

Changing stations in Paris by metro or taxi

How early to arrive at the station?

Maps of the European rail network

 

What to do when things go wrong...



Paris to Nice, Lyon, Bordeaux & other destinations in France from €20 or €25...

Paris to London from €45, www.eurostar.com...
Paris to York, Bath, Oxford, Manchester & 130 regional UK towns & cities, www.eurostar.com...
Other French cities to London...

A Eurostar at St Pancras International...

A Eurostar at St Pancras...

 

Eurostar first class

Eurostar 1st class...

 

Eurostar second class

Eurostar 2nd class...


Paris to Brussels, Antwerp or Liege from €35 at www.thalys.com...

Paris to Bruges or Ghent from €35 at www.b-europe.com...

Paris to Amsterdam in 3 hours 9 minutes from €35 at www.b-europe.com...
Second class seats on board a 'Thalys' high-speed train to Cologne 1st class seats on Thalys A Thalys for Amsterdam about to leave Brussels Midi...

2nd class (Comfort 2) seats on Thalys...

1st class (Comfort 1) seats on Thalys...

A Thalys about to leave Brussels...


Paris to Luxembourg from €39...

Paris to Geneva, Lausanne, Bern, Basel, Zurich by TGV-Lyria from €25...
TGV from Milan to Paris   TGV-Lyria 2nd class

A TGV in new Lyria colours at the Gare de Lyon.

 

2nd class seats...  See panorama photo.

TGV-Lyria cafe-bar   TGV-Lyria 1st class

Cafe-bar serving drinks, snacks & hot dishes...

 

1st class seats...  See panorama photo.


Paris to Venice, Milan, Florence, Rome, Cinque Terre & anywhere in Italy

Option 1, Paris to Italy by daytime TGV trains from €29...

This is the fastest and cheapest route from Paris to Italy, with high-quality trains and some great scenery too, see the Paris-Milan video guide.  You can travel from Paris to Venice, Florence or Rome in a single day if you like, or you can take the afternoon TGV from Paris, stay overnight in Turin or Milan, perhaps have a look round in the morning and continue to Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples or anywhere in Italy later that day.  The choice is yours!

TGV 2nd class   TGV from Milan to Paris

2nd class seats...  See panorama photo.

 

The 14:41 TGV to Milan at the Gare de Lyon...

  TGV 1st class

Cafe-bar serving drinks, snacks & hot dishes...

 

1st class seats...  See panorama photo.

 

The TGV crosses rural France at up to 186 mph...

 

...then slows right down through the Alpine foothills.

Option 2, Paris to Italy overnight by Thello sleeper train from €35...

This is a cheap & time-effective way to reach Italy, Paris to Venice from just €35 in couchettes, although Thello is not the best-quality or best-managed sleeper train in the world, see the Man in Seat 61's opinion on Thello.  You might prefer taking the afternoon TGV from Paris to Turin or Milan then an onward train to Rome or Florence or Venice next morning, as shown in option 1 above.

Refurbished sleeping-car on the Paris to Venice 'Thello' sleeper train   1, 2 or 3-bed sleeper, in evening mode, on the Paris-Venice Thello overnight train...   2-bed sleeper, night mode, on the Paris-Florence/Rome overnight train...

A sleeping-car on the Thello sleeper train to Venice boarding at Paris Gare de Lyon...

 

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper, beds folded away, sofa folded out.

 

1, 2 or 3-bed sleeper, in night mode.  More Thello info here.

4 or 6-berth couchette compartment, with seats folded out, on the Thello sleeper trains from Paris to Italy...   Boarding the Thello sleeper train at Paris.

4 or 6 berth couchette compartment. More info here.

 

A couchette car on the overnight Thello train from Paris to Venice, boarding at Paris Gare de Lyon, platform 'M'.

Option 3:  The ultimate scenic route to Italy, by Bernina Express through the Swiss Alps. 

This takes much longer and must be split over 2 days, but it's fabulous, and well worth the extra time as it incorporates arguably the most spectacular Alpine panoramic scenic train of them all, the famous narrow-gauge Bernina Express.


Paris to Barcelona, Madrid & Spain

Paris to Barcelona & Madrid by daytime high-speed train, from €59... 

A TGV Duplex about to leave Paris Gare de Lyon   Upper deck second class on board a TGV Duplex.

Boarding a double-deck TGV Duplex at Paris Gare de Lyon.  You can now easily travel from London to Barcelona in a day by Eurostar & TGV, a relaxing day catching up on your reading over a bottle of wine.  And it isn't even particularly expensive if you follow the advice on this page!  Watch the TGV Barcelona-Paris video

 

The upstairs landing on a TGV Duplex showing the stairs down to the entrance door...

Upper deck second class on board a TGV Duplex.     The bar on the upper deck of a TGV Duplex

2nd class seats on TGV Duplex upper deck.  There's a mix of unidirectional seating and some tables for four like this...

 

The cafe-bar on the upper deck in car 4, serving tea, coffee, soft drinks, wine, beer, snacks and microwave-style hot meal dishes....

Mt Canigou in the Pyrenees

Mt Canigou & the Pyrenees...  One of the highest peaks in the mighty Pyrenees, the 2,784m (9,137 feet) high Mt Canigou dominates the skyline on the right all the way from Perpignan to Girona, see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CanigouMore photos of what to see on the Paris-Barcelona train journey.

First class on board a TGV Duplex   An impressive TGV Duplex.

1st class seats on TGV Duplex upper deck.  That's a 'club duo' on the left & a 'club quatre' on the right.

 

A TGV Duplex at Barcelona Sants.  The red near the door indicates 1st class, pale green 2nd class.

Alternatives from Paris to Barcelona & Madrid using overnight couchette trains...
Paris to San Sebastian from €29:
Paris to Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Malaga, Cadiz, Algeciras (for Gibraltar) from €99... 

Option 1, Paris to Andalucνa in a day, by high-speed train...

Option 2, Paris to Andalucνa by high-speed trains with overnight stop in Barcelona...

Paris to Valencia or Alicante from €82... 

Option 1, Paris to Valencia or Alicante in a day, by high-speed train...

Option 2, Paris to Valencia or Alicante by high-speed trains with overnight stop in Barcelona...

Cheapest way to book train tickets within Spain... 

Paris to Lisbon, Porto & Portugal from €119 with sleeper...

Paris to Berlin, Munich or Hamburg...

Option 1:  City Night Line sleeper trains from Paris to Munich, Berlin & Hamburg... 

Sleeping-car compartment on the Paris to Berlin night train   4-berth couchette compartment on Paris-Berlin overnight train   6-berth couchette compartment on Paris-Berlin overnight train  

The sleeping-car on the Paris-Berlin City Night Line train boarding at the Gare de l'Est

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper: The most comfortable option, economy with washbasin or deluxe with shower & toilet.

 

4-berth couchettes:  Ideal for families, much more space per person than 6-berth couchettes.

 

6-berth couchettes:  A very economical option, far better than a seat for just a few euros more...

 

The Night train to Munich...  The Comfortline sleeping-car of City Night Line sleeper train boarding at Paris Gare de l'Est...

More pictures & information on this train...

Option 2:  Paris to Berlin by high-speed daytime trains from €39...

Option 2:  Paris to Hamburg by high-speed daytime trains from €39...

Option 2:  Paris to Munich by high-speed daytime train from €39...


Paris to Cologne (Kφln) from €35...

Paris to Mannheim, Frankfurt, Stuttgart from €39...
ICE3 second class ICE3 first class High-speed ICE3 train from Brussels to Cologne & Frankfurt

ICE3 2nd class.  ICEs are perhaps the most comfortable daytime trains in Europe...

ICE3 1st class, with real leather seats.  All seats in both classes have power sockets.

An ICE to Cologne & Frankfurt waiting to leave Brussels Midi.  More ICE info.


Paris to Salzburg from €39...

Option 1, by daytime trains...

Option 2, by sleeper train...

Option 3, Paris to Salzburg via the scenic route through Switzerland, best done in two stages with an overnight hotel. 


Paris to Innsbruck, Linz or Vienna by sleeper train... 

Option 1, by sleeper train.  This is the easiest & most time-effective way to travel from Paris to Vienna, Linz or Innsbruck...

Option 2, by daytime trains.  It's easy to reach Innsbruck in a single day from Paris, and possible to reach Vienna in a single day, too. 

Option 3, Paris to Austria via the scenic route.  There's also a scenic route via Switzerland, best done in two stages with an overnight hotel. 


Paris to Copenhagen, Stockholm & Scandinavia from €78...

Option 1, by high-speed Thalys to Cologne & City Night Line sleeper to Copenhagen...

Option 2, by City Night Line sleeper train from Paris to Hamburg, then EuroCity train to Copenhagen...

Option 3, by daytime trains with overnight stop...


Paris to Prague from €72...

Option 1, by high-speed Thalys to Cologne & City Night Line sleeper to Prague...

Option 2, by City Night Line sleeper train from Paris to Berlin, then EuroCity train to Prague...


Paris to Bratislava & Slovakia

Paris to Budapest from €72...

Option 1, by City Night Line sleeper train from Paris to Munich, then Railjet train to Budapest...

Option 2, by high-speed TGV Duplex from Paris to Munich then EuroNight sleeper train to Budapest...


Paris to Bucharest, Brasov & Romania

Paris to Ljubljana or Zagreb from €72...

Option 1, by City Night Line sleeper train to Munich, then scenic EuroCity train to Ljubljana & Zagreb...

Option 2, by high-speed TGV Duplex to Munich, then EuroNight sleeper train to Zagreb...


Paris to Belgrade & Sofia...

Paris to Warsaw, Krakow & Poland from €64...

Option 1, by high-speed Thalys train from Paris to Cologne, then EuroNight sleeper train to Warsaw...

Option 2, by City Night Line sleeper train from Paris to Berlin, then EuroCity train to Warsaw...


Paris to Athens & Greece

Paris to Athens by train & ferry via Italy, the leisurely way...


Paris to Kiev & Ukraine

Paris to Moscow, St Petersburg & Russia

Ride the direct Paris to Moscow Express!


Paris to Istanbul & Turkey

 


Railbookers tailor-made train travel & hotels

If you just want to buy train tickets at the cheapest price, book online as shown on this page.  However, if you want someone to sort out your whole trip for you, arranging all your trains, hotels and transfers, and to look after you if anything affects your arrangements, the people to talk to are Railbookers.  Railbookers can tailor-make a train trip around Europe to your own specification.  Just tell them what you want and they'll advise you on the best trains, routes & hotels.  They get good reports and a lot of repeat business!  They now have offices in the UK, North America and Australia.

  UK call 020 3327 0761, www.railbookers.com.

Call toll-free 1-800-408-3280 or www.us.railbookers.com.

Australia call toll-free 1300 971 526, www.railbookers.com.au.

  New Zealand call toll-free 0800 002 034 or see website.


Find hotels in Paris & other cities

 

◄◄ Hotel search & price comparison.

www.hotelscombined.com checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest seller.  It was named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site at the World Travel Awards 2013 and I highly recommend it, both to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling your hotel for less!

www.booking.com is my favourite booking site.  It's really clear and you can usually book with free cancellation and so confirm your accommodation at no risk months before train booking opens.

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels...


Travel insurance & health card...

 

 

Columbus direct travel insurance

Get travel insurance, it's essential...

Never travel overseas without travel insurance from a reliable insurer, with at least £1m or preferably £5m medical cover.  It should also cover cancellation and loss of cash (up to a limit) and belongings.  An annual multi-trip policy is usually cheaper than several single-trip policies even for just 2 or 3 trips a year (I have an annual policy myself).  Here are some suggested insurers.  Seat61 gets a small commission if you buy through these links.

In the UK, try Columbus Direct or use Confused.com to compare prices & policies from many different insurers.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over 65 (no age limit), see www.JustTravelCover.com.

        If you're resident in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the EU, try Columbus Direct's other websites.

  If you're resident in the USA try Travel Guard USA.

Get a spare credit card, designed for foreign travel with no currency exchange loading & low or no ATM fees...

It costs nothing to take out an extra credit card.  If you keep it in a different part of your luggage so you're not left stranded if your wallet gets stolen, this is a form of extra travel insurance in itself.  In addition, some credit cards are significantly 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.  Taking this advice can save you quite a lot on each trip compared to using your normal high-street bank credit card!

You can avoid ATM charges and expensive exchange rates with a Caxton FX euro currency Visa Card, or their multi-currency 'Global Traveller' Visa Card, see www.caxtonfx.com for info.

Get an international SIM card...

Mobile phones can cost a fortune to use abroad, and if you're not careful you can return home to find some huge bills waiting for you.  I've known people run up a £1,000 bill in data charges just by leaving their iPhone connected during a simple trip to Europe.  However, if you buy a global SIM card for your mobile phone from a company such as www.Go-Sim.com you can slash the cost by up to 85% and limit any damage to the amount you have pre-paid.  It cuts call costs in 175 countries worldwide, and you can receive incoming calls and texts for free in 75 countries.  It's pay-as-you-go, so no nasty bills when you get home.  It also works for laptop or PDA data access.  A Go-Sim account and any credit on it doesn't expire if it's not between trips, unlike some others, so a Go-Sim phone number becomes your 'global phone number' for life.

 


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