Interrail: Perpignan

ogenki @ 02-04-2008 07:34

Hello!

As i never travelled outside the netherlands with a train before (Well to antwerp or gent to party, not excactly a staggering journey..), i find it all a bit hard to find a good connection/price. So i would like to ask the professionals on this site for some good advice 🙂

I want to travel as cheaply as possible, on a saturday in july to Perpignan, France. I travel with my girlfriend, we are both under 25. I want to return on saturday 2 weeks later. I can travel from these station: Rotterdam, Roosendaal, Antwerp Central, Anwerp Berchem and Brussels Midi, as long as it is the cheapest possibility. I would prefer a night train or tgv, as it is quite a long trip.

When i tried to book on the tgv site i had to pay 420 euro for both of us (return tickets) which i find to much. I could fly there with ryanair for less.. (400). Someone suggested me to buy a one country ticket france for 3 days (125) and then pay for the reservations? But i cant find how much these reservations are, how to do it, and where to order.. Any help would be much appreciated (other suggestions to get there cheaply?)

Thank you!

Pete @ 02-04-2008 16:44

hej hej ...

if you buy your tickets early (up to 3 month in advance) via SNCF you get really really discounted tickets !! 🙂
but in your case it is very expensive ...

for train connections use this website: https://rail.cc/en/search-interrail-route

about reservations: if using the Thalys going down to France, you pay in average 20 EUR supplement.
for a TGV depending on the time you travel (main travel times it is more expensive), you pay between 3-15 EUR for a supplement (you have to ask at a station directly in France and buy there the ticket as well).

when traveling by night train, you pay around 20 EUR for a bed in a 6-bed-compartment ... 🙂

I hope these answers will help you ... and to avoid supplements use the website above and select without HST (=high speed trains) on Product / Whole journey ... 🙂

have fun,
Peter
🙂

admin @ 02-04-2008 19:04

Hi there,

Peter is right regarding cheap TGV tickets if you book in advance. On the SNCF web site you'll see a section marked PREMS. These are very cheap offers, sometimes only a couple of weeks in advance. Happy travelling. And, Perpignon is nice.

iaink



Hello!

As i never travelled outside the netherlands with a train before (Well to antwerp or gent to party, not excactly a staggering journey..), i find it all a bit hard to find a good connection/price. So i would like to ask the professionals on this site for some good advice 🙂

I want to travel as cheaply as possible, on a saturday in july to Perpignan, France. I travel with my girlfriend, we are both under 25. I want to return on saturday 2 weeks later. I can travel from these station: Rotterdam, Roosendaal, Antwerp Central, Anwerp Berchem and Brussels Midi, as long as it is the cheapest possibility. I would prefer a night train or tgv, as it is quite a long trip.

When i tried to book on the tgv site i had to pay 420 euro for both of us (return tickets) which i find to much. I could fly there with ryanair for less.. (400). Someone suggested me to buy a one country ticket france for 3 days (125) and then pay for the reservations? But i cant find how much these reservations are, how to do it, and where to order.. Any help would be much appreciated (other suggestions to get there cheaply?)

Thank you!

ogenki @ 03-04-2008 06:47

Thanks for the help so far!

So, we've decided to buy the interrail global pass for 5 days. 2 days for our Brussel zuid - Perpignan - Brussel Zuid trip. The other 3 days we will visit Barcelona, Montpellier and Carcassone.

So, if I understand it correctly, we have to pay for a supplement+reservation costs to use the tgv? And that will be a total of 3-20 or 3-20 + 3-20? And where/how do i buy those supplements? I've tried a few sites for tickets and I couldnt find anything other then normal tickets.

Do u think it will be the cheapest to buy exactly 3 months in advance the away ticket and 2 weeks later the return ticket? Or wait those 2 weeks and buy a retour?

My last question (sorry 😧 ), for the trips to barcelona and montpellier, if we use regional trains, we don't have to pay for any supplements right?

Thank you!

Pete @ 03-04-2008 14:47

you have to pay supplement:
- for you: 3-15 EUR TGV
- and your friend: 3-15 EUR

regional trains are free... also other trains which are NOT listed on https://rail.cc/en/interrail-train-reservation

the trains with supplements are listed! 😉

these supplements are available at every big train station in Benelux and France... you can buy them up to 3 months in advance, but when buying them you already need your InterRail ticket with you !! 🙂

by the way... Carcassone is a really nice old town !! 🙂 very good choice !!

have fun,
Peter
🙂


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