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Train travel in France

Yucaipa, California
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Train travel in France

In September we are going to be taking some short trips on the TER, in and out of Lourdes and Carcassonne. Some of the routes shown on the online schedule indicate "reservation recommended". How far ahead of time should we make the reservations?

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1. Re: Train travel in France

What website are you checking? I thought the TER trains were all local with no reservations required.

Try www.voyages-sncf.com

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2. Re: Train travel in France

Do not get train information from RailEurope. It is an agency that does not run any trains and does not always have correct information. Local TER trains never have seat reservations. If some of the trains are Intercites, these trains have optional reservations.

You can get train times and costs, and make bookings, in English at www.tgv-europe.com/en but use Antarctic as the "Ticket collection country" in the first screen to avoid being transferred to RailEurope

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sydneynick - I believe that the www.tgv-europe.com website is being retired by the SNCF though it still appears to function. The new URL, which should allow purchases in English, is:

http://en.voyages-sncf.com/en/

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I was mistaken, I was looking at the Intercites routes, which said "reservation recommended". This was on the sncf site. I still don't know how far ahead I should reserve?

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5. Re: Train travel in France

You can book from 90 days ahead. By Septeber, whether you relly need to make reservations or not depends on whn you are plannin on travelling. For mdweek, I probably wouldn't bother, but it could be useful from Friday afternoon until early Monday mornin.

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6. Re: Train travel in France

May I ask, How far ahead should I be at the train station before travel, also at CDG. How long does it take to get through security lines and check-in luggage at these places?

Thanks

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i have tried this today and when i tried to pay, they rejected my credit card even though i cleared everything with visa and they said it should go through. i even tried paypal and at first it went through and then a few minutes later, i received a credit from SNCF through paypal. i used antarctica for the country. i don't want to use rail europe because it is sooooo much more expensive!

thanks in advance for any help with this!!!

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8. Re: Train travel in France

Try www.capitainetrain.com or www.loco2.com

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