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First Timers/Train from Basel to Paris

We will be taking a train from Basel to Paris in late July on a Saturday.

What should we know when looking for tickets? Any suggestions will be helpful. What will be the train station that we would want to arrive at in Paris so that we can begin looking for a convenient hotel --moderate priced.

Thank you,

Ann

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1. Re: First Timers/Train from Basel to Paris

1. You shoukld buy the ticket online. There is NO french desk at Basel station

2. You will arrive at Paris Gare de Lyon after 3 hours and 3 minutes.

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http://fahrplan.sbb.ch/bin/query.exe/en&HWAI=JS!ajax=yes!&

Edited: 8:58 am, June 27, 2012
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2. Re: First Timers/Train from Basel to Paris

Hi Buddykatt1,

You should buy your ticket asap. The discounted fares go on sale about 90 days early, but the cheapest fares sell out fast. You should see what kinds of fares are still available.

Other sites to buy tickets:

www.voyages-sncf.fr (if you can manage in French)

www.tgv-europe.com (but make sure you select "continue with tgv europe" and do NOT go to Raileurope, where fares are higher)

Have fun as you plan!

s

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3. Re: First Timers/Train from Basel to Paris

You may find that Swiss Railways still have single tickets for 31chf I purchased mine as soon as they became available on line and printed out the tickets. It's worth a look at the website I've just checked the Swiss Rail website and they have single fares for as I said 31Chf . I just entered a day in the last week of July.

Edited: 12:16 pm, June 27, 2012
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4. Re: First Timers/Train from Basel to Paris

It appears the advanced purchase low fares are gone so move quickly to the Swiss Rail website. You can pick up that ticket at the station in Basel or print it off.

www.sbb.ch/en

for the English language pages Be sure to check the different trains as sometimes one will have a great fare while another won't - load dictates, I think.

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5. Re: First Timers/Train from Basel to Paris

I'm checking for Saturday, July 21 around noon. Basel to Gare Lyon (that's what was suggested by a poster). One senior/one adult...fare is 212 chf.

How will I check for cheaper fares such as the 31 chf ?

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6. Re: First Timers/Train from Basel to Paris

I also have the option of leaving Basel on July 22, preferably around noon.

We could depart on either day between 10 AM and 3 PM.

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7. Re: First Timers/Train from Basel to Paris

What does this mean:

Seat reservation only. Require a valid pass or Eurailticket $20?

Is this not a ticket price?

Ann

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8. Re: First Timers/Train from Basel to Paris

Hi again,

I just checked on the websites, and these are the fares I found for 21 July:

SBB:

106 chf, special offer, no changes, departing Basel at 10.34

TGV-Europe.com

87 euro, departing at 10.34 or 12.34

BTW, 106 chf = 88 euro, so the prices are the same.

It appears that the very best deals are already sold out.

Hope you get a good fare!

s

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9. Re: First Timers/Train from Basel to Paris

Hi, seat reservation only is exactly that - the fee for a seat reservation which is mandatory on the TGV. You have to have a ticket or rail pass in addition to paying the fee.

The advance purchase fares go on sale at 92 days or so before the travel date. They sell out very quickly particularly at peak travel times like summer and/or on the most popular departure times. It's no different that air fares and other stuff with early purchase price breaks.

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10. Re: First Timers/Train from Basel to Paris

Thank you to all for the help in navigating the train ticket issues. I realize that by waiting I missed the discounts, so that was my fault. I purchased two tickets for 174E...not much else was offered unless we wanted to leave in the evening.

Thanks much!

Ann