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 Nice in 5h37 from €25:  See the Paris to Nice page...

The impressive TGV Duplex trains from Paris to Nice take just 5h36 centre to centre with fares from €25.  A flight takes 4 disjointed and stressful hours of train, airport, flight, airport & bus, as well as pumping up to 10 times the CO2 emissions into the upper atmosphere.  As an experience, there's no comparison:  After speeding down the scenic Rhone Valley at up tom 186 mph, they slow right down and pass Marseille with the Chateau d'If visible out in the bay.  After St Raphael, the train skirts the Cote d'Azur past rocky headlands, yacht-filled bays and millionaires' villas. THIS is the way to arrive!  For more information, see the Paris to Nice by train page.  Photo courtesy of Mike Sloan.

View from the train to Nice

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) on Thalys...

1st class (Comfort 1) 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-Lyria at Paris Gare de Lyon   TGV bar car

A TGV-Lyria at Paris Gare de Lyon.  There's no check-in, you just walk up to it & get on.

 

The cafe-bar, serving tea, coffee, beer, wine, hot & cold snacks & microwaved hot dishes....

TGV interior by Christian Lacroix, second class   TGV 1st class by Christian Lacroix

2nd class with a mix or unidirectional seats & tables for 4.  Seats are 2+2 across car width.  Panorama photo.

 

1st class with a mix of unidirectional seats, solo seats, tables for 2 & for 4.  Seats 2+1 across car width.  Panorama photo.


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

Option 1, Paris to Turin, Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome or Naples in a single day from €29...

TGV bar car   TGV from Milan to Paris

The cafe-bar, serving tea, coffee, beer, wine, hot & cold snacks & microwaved hot dishes....

 

The 14:41 TGV to Milan at the Gare de Lyon.  There's no check-in, just be on board at departure time...

TGV interior by Christian Lacroix, second class   TGV 1st class by Christian Lacroix

2nd class with a mix or unidirectional seats & tables for 4.  Seats are 2+2 across car width.  Panorama photo.

 

1st class with a mix of unidirectional seats, solo seats, tables for 2 & for 4.  Seats 2+1 across car width.  Panorama photo.

Mountains from the TGV train to Italy

The TGV from Paris to Italy calls at Lyon St Exupery then slows right down through the Alpine foothills.

Option 2, Paris to Italy by TGV with overnight stop in Turin or Milan...

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!

Option 3, 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 options 1 & 2 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.  .

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.

A 4 or 6 berth couchette compartment.  It's a lot more comfortable with just 4 people.

 

A couchette car on the overnight Thello train from Paris to Venice, boarding at Paris Gare de Lyon.  More Thello info here

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

This takes significantly 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 & Spain

Option 1, Paris to Barcelona, Girona, Figueres by high-speed train from €59... 

TGV Duplex at Paris Gare de Lyon   Upper deck second class on board a TGV Duplex.

TGV Duplex at Paris Gare de Lyon. These 200 mph double-deckers link Paris with Barcelona.  Watch TGV Duplex video.

 

2nd class table for 4 on TGV Duplex upper deck...

TGV Duplex cafe-bar   TGV Duplex upper deck 2nd class seats

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

 

2nd class seats, this is upper deck seating.  There's a mix or tables for 4 and unidirectional seating.

First class on board a TGV Duplex   An TGV Duplex at Paris Est.

1st class seats on the upper deck, with 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 indicates 2nd class.

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.

Option 2, Paris to Barcelona by overnight train...

 

The intercité de nuit overnight train has 1st class 4-berth & 2nd class 6-berth couchettes, each with lightweight sleeping-bag & mineral water...

Paris to Madrid...

Option  1, by high-speed train from €94...

Option 2, using an overnight couchette train...

Paris to Malaga, Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Cadiz, Algeciras (for Gibraltar) from €99... 

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

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

Paris to Valencia or Alicante from €82... 

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

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

Paris to San Sebastian from €29...
Paris to Santiago de Compostela, Vigo, A Coruna...

Option 1, with overnight stop at the Spanish border...

Option 2, by TGV and trainhotel...

The cheapest way to buy train tickets within Spain... 

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

By TGV from Paris to the Spanish border...

The TGV's interior is designed by Christian Lacroix, with power sockets at all seats.  On the TGV Atlantique route from Paris to Bordeaux & the Spanish border, one 1st class car has a conventional open plan layout, the other two have a unique layout with bays of two seats facing across a table one side of the aisle, and semi-compartments of 4 seats around a table on the other, as pictured below.  Very civilised!

TGVs to the Spanish border at Paris Montparnasse   1st class on a TGV Atlantique showing semi-compartments

TGVs to the Spanish border, waiting to leave Paris Gare Montparnasse...

 

1st class with semi-compartments on TGV Atlantique.  Courtesy Rafal Tomasik.

TGV interior by Christian Lacroix, second class   TGV bar car

2nd class on the TGV.  Most seats are unidirectional, some are in bays of 4 like this.  See panorama photo.

 

The café-bar car, serving drinks, snacks and microwaved hot dishes.  See a typical menu here...

...then by Sud Express from Irun to Lisbon...

To Morocco by train...   En route to Morocco by train: gran classe 2-bed sleeper (day mode)   en route to Morocco by train: Gran Classes 2-bed sleeper (night mode)   Paris to Madrid & Barcelona by trainhotel: Gran Classe sleepers have a private shower and toilet

The Sud Express, about to leave Irun on the Franco-Spanish frontier, bound for Lisbon...  Courtesy of Ron Baker See panorama photo...

 

Gran Clase sleeper, in evening mode with the seats folded out...

 

....return from the bar to find the attendant has made up the beds...

 

Gran Clase private toilet & shower...

Sud Express trainhotel cafe-bar...    

The trainhotel's café-bar serves drinks & food.  Grab a barstool early, it gets crowded later on!

 

4-berth tourist class sleepers (Turista Cama) are cosy & inexpensive...  They convert from beds to seats as shown.  See panorama photo of 4-berth tourist class sleeper.


Paris to Berlin from €39...

Option 1, by high-speed train...

Option 2, by overnight sleeper train, once or twice a week...  Starting 20 June


Paris to Hamburg from €39...

Paris to Munich from €39...

Paris to Cologne (Köln) 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 through Germany, in a single day...

Option 2, by daytime trains 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 high-speed daytime trains in just one day.  It's easy to reach Innsbruck or Vienna in a single day. 

Option 2, by TGV & EuroNight sleeper train.  The time-effective option!

TGV-Lyria at Paris Gare de Lyon   TGV bar car

A TGV-Lyria at Paris Gare de Lyon.  There's no check-in, you just walk up to it & get on.

 

The cafe-bar, serving tea, coffee, beer, wine, hot & cold snacks & microwaved hot dishes....

TGV interior by Christian Lacroix, second class   TGV 1st class by Christian Lacroix

2nd class with a mix or unidirectional seats & tables for 4.  Seats are 2+2 across car width.  Panorama photo.

 

1st class with a mix of unidirectional seats, solo seats, tables for 2 & for 4.  Seats 2+1 across car width.  Panorama photo.

   

Option 3, the leisurely scenic route through Switzerland & the wonderful Arlberg Pass.  Watch the video!


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

Option 1, Paris to Copenhagen in a single day!  Onwards to Stockholm or Oslo next day...

125 mph tilting 'X2000' from Copenhagen to Stockholm, at Copenhagen station 2nd class seats on the X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm The self-service buffet on the X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm...

A 125 mph SJ2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm....

 

2nd class seating on the SJ 2000.  All seats have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

 

Self-service buffet car on the SJ 2000 to Stockholm.

More about SJ 2000 trains

Option 2, by comfortable daytime trains with overnight stop in Hamburg...


Paris to Prague from €58...

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

A Thalys for Amsterdam about to leave Brussels Midi...   Second class seats on board a 'Thalys' high-speed train to Cologne 1st class seats on Thalys

Step 1, take a 186mph Thalys train from Paris to Cologne...

 

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

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

A 1 2 or 3 bed sleeper on the Cologne-Prague overnight train

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

  4-berth couchettes on the sleeper train to Prague

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

  6-berth couchettes on the sleeper train to Prague

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

  The Kopernikus sleeper train to Prague...

Step 2, take the City Night Line sleeper train Phoenix from Cologne to Prague...  Above, the sleeping-car of the Phoenix seen at Prague Hlavni.

More pictures & information about the Amsterdam to Prague sleeper train.

Option 2, Paris-Prague from just €58, by daytime trains via Munich...


Paris to Bratislava & Slovakia

Paris to Budapest from €78...

Option 1, by high-speed TGV Duplex from Paris to Munich then EuroNight sleeper to Budapest...

TGV Duplex at Paris Gare de l'Est   Upper deck second class on board a TGV Duplex.

Step 1, take a 200mph double-deck TGV Duplex from Paris to Munch...  A relaxing journey with a reading book and glass or two of red.  Book an upstairs seat for the best views...

 

2nd class seats on TGV Duplex upper deck.  There's a mix of unidirectional seating and tables for 4 like this...

First class on board a TGV Duplex   An TGV Duplex to Munich at Paris Est.

1st class seats on the upper deck, with a 'club duo' on the left, a 'club quatre' on the right.

 

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

From Munich to Budapest by sleeper train Kalman Imre...  Watch the video guide

Cosy & inviting, the photo below shows the modern air-conditioned Hungarian sleeping-car of the Kalman Imre at Munich Hauptbahnhof...  The sleeping-car has 10 compartments with washbasin, each of which can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 berth room, with toilets at the end of the corridor.  The fare includes a light breakfast of coffee, juice & croissantWatch the Hungarian sleeping-car video.  There's time for dinner in Munich before boarding, I recommend the typically Bavarian Mongdratzerl restaurant located inside the Hauptbahnhof, open until late.

The sleeper train to Budapest   Sleeper compartment in the Hungarian sleeping-car from Munich to Budapest

Step 2, catch the overnight sleeper from Munich to Budapest...

 

2-berth sleeper...

6-berth couchettes on train to Budapest   4-berth couchettes on train to Budapest   Couchette car on the Kalman Imre to Budapest

6-berth couchettes...

 

4-berth couchettes

 

Hungarian couchette car at Munich

Option 2, by daytime trains with overnight stop, via the scenic Arlberg Pass...


Paris to Bucharest, Brasov & Romania

Paris to Ljubljana or Zagreb from €72...

Option 1, by TGV to Munich, overnight stop, then scenic EuroCity train to Ljubljana & Zagreb...

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

TGV Duplex at Paris Gare de l'Est   Upper deck second class on board a TGV Duplex.

Step 1, take a 200mph double-deck TGV Duplex from Paris to Munch...  A relaxing journey with a reading book and glass or two of red.  Book an upstairs seat for the best views...

 

2nd class seats on TGV Duplex upper deck.  There's a mix of unidirectional seating and tables for 4 like this...

The 'Lisinski' sleeper train from Zagreb to Munich, at Zagreb main station   Sleeper compartment in the Croatian sleeping-car from Munich to Zagreb

Step 2, take the Lisinski from Munich to Zagreb.  This is sleeping-car on the Lisinski arrived at Zagreb.  The modern air-conditioned Croatian sleeping-car of the Lisinski from Munich to Zagreb has 10 compartments with washbasin, each of which can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 berth room, with toilets at the end of the corridor.

4-berth couchettes on Munich to Zagreb train   Couchette car on Munich to Zagreb train, at Munich

The couchette car on the Lisinski has modern air-conditioned 6-berth and 4-berth compartments.  Above right, the westbound train is seen boarding at Zagreb. See panorama photo.

Scenery between Ljubljana, Zagreb & Belgrade

Wake up to scenery like this between Ljubljana & Zagreb, along the river Sava...


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 daytime trains with overnight stop in Berlin.

Option 3, by direct Russian sleeper train, once or twice a week...  Starting 20 June


Paris to Athens & Greece

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

Paris to Athens overland by train via Munich & Belgrade...


Paris to Kiev & Ukraine

Paris to Moscow, St Petersburg & Russia

Option 1:  Ride the Paris to Moscow Express from €245!  See the Paris-Moscow Express page.

One of Russian Railways new international sleeping-cars   A 2-berth or 4-berth compartment in daytime mode

Standard sleepers with washbasin on the Paris-Moscow Express:  1st class 2-berth or 2nd class 4-berth.  More photos & information.

  One of Russian Railways new international sleeping-cars

VIP sleeper with en suite toilet & shower on the Paris-Moscow Express...  More photos & information

Option 2:  Paris to Moscow by daily trains via Warsaw...

This option may not be as glamorous as the direct Paris-Moscow Express, but it runs every day all year round and it can be cheaper as there are advance-purchase fares for the Paris-Cologne and Cologne-Warsaw sections.  And you get a few hours in Warsaw - enough to visit the Palace of the People skyscraper near the station perhaps.


Paris to Istanbul & Turkey

 


Railbookers custom-made train travel & hotels

Have your train tour professionally arranged...

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 custom-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.

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  Canada call toll-free 1-855-882-2910, www.railbookers.com.

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

  New Zealand call toll-free 0800 002 034, www.railbookers.co.nz.


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...

Homestays: www.homestay.com...


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