France by train
How to travel in France by train: information, connections, blog and travel reports. Help in our forum to buy train tickets.
Trainline provides a very simple and comfortable booking system for train tickets to/from/in France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Buy your train tickets without extra fees easily and securely here.
To travel by train from France to Andorra, the last part has to be done by bus. First by train to L'Hospitalet-près-l'Andorre (France). There you change to the bus to Andorra la Vella.
Bus journey time is about 1:30h. The bus ticket price one-way: EUR 12,50.
Buy your train tickets directly from Belgian Railways (SNCB/NMBS) or from Trainline via our buying links. Tickets for Thalys services are also available on the Thalys website.
Thalys services provide high speed connections directly from Paris while TGV trains run to Brussels from many other French cities. Additionally you will find a number of regional trains across the border from Lille.
There are several direct high-speed-trains available between France and Switzerland. Book your train ticket via one of the given links. As earlier you book, as cheaper the ticket prices are.
To buy train tickets from France to Germany, compare the booking links we list. Prices are usually the same, but sometimes vary slightly.
Depending on where you start in France (and where you want to travel to in Germany), you can either use the route via Paris by Thalys to Cologne. Or from Paris via Strasbourg/Saarbrücken to Frankfurt or Stuttgart by TGV/ICE. There is also a direct train from Marseille in direction of Frankfurt.
If you want to use a night train, have a look at the Russian night train Paris to Moscow (exit in Berlin). A very nice experience and high quality.
The Europe Special price of Deutsche Bahn is available from EUR 39. As earlier you book, as cheaper the prices are.
To travel by train from France to Spain, you can make use of the direct high-speed-trains from Paris and southern France to Barcelona. From Barcelona you go on to your final destination.
There are several daily train connections from France to Italy. Either from Paris or along the Mediterranean Sea. Also a direct night train from Paris to Milan and Venice. From Milan you have good connections to every city in Italy.
Please make use one of the given booking links.
If you want to travel by train from France to Luxembourg, either use a TGV high-speed-train or local trains.
Buy your ticket via the given booking links, where you will also find exact schedules.
To travel from France to Monaco by train, you use the network of French railways SNCF.
Travelling by train from France to the Netherlands is easy. Depending on your route, the fastest option is to include the THALYS high-speed-train from Paris and Lille (France) to the Netherlands.
As earlier you book the Thalys, as cheaper the prices are.
It might be the case that you first have to buy a ticket to travel inside France and then a second one for the Thalys.
To travel by train from France to Poland, you have the direct night trains Paris and Nice to Moscow (not daily) with stop in Warsaw. Otherwise split your trip with a stop in Germany (Berlin, Cologne or Frankfurt).
To travel from France to Portugal by train, there are two main routes. It depends from where you start in France.
The first route is by TGV from the direction of Paris and Bordeaux to the French-Spanish border at Hendaye/Irun. Here you change in the direct night train to Lisbon.
Buy your tickets in two steps: first from your departure station in France to Hendaye via Trainline or SNCF (see booking links). Then a second ticket either from Hendaye or Irun to Lisbon via ACPRail (see booking links).
The second route is from the direction of Marseille via Barcelona to Madrid. There you change to the direct night train to Lisbon.
Buy your tickets in two steps: first from your departure station in France to Barcelona/Madrid via Trainline or SNCF (see booking links). Then a second ticket either from Madrid to Lisbon via ACPRail (see booking links).
There are two direct long-distance night train connecting France with Russia. One train from Paris via Strasbourg and Germany to Moscow and a second one from Nice via Italy and Austria to Moscow. They do not run daily.
Read our detailed blog post to get an impression about this famous adventure (Paris-Moscow).
Please buy your ticket for the night trains via the given links. Also for travelling to further destinations in Russia (a second ticket).
For a connection inside France to a departure place of the night train, use the booking link of Trainline to find special prices.
France United Kingdom
To travel by train from France to the United Kingdom you have several options. The fastest one by train is to use the direct Eurostar train from Paris to London. If you search for a cheaper option, have a look at the buses connecting Paris and London. The ferry Calais to Dover isn't an option anymore: too slow, too expensive for foot passengers.
To buy train tickets for your travel from France to the United Kingdom, buy first a ticket from your departure station to Paris (Trainline + SNCF). A second ticket from Paris to London for the Eurostar train (Trainline + SNCF + Eurostar + ACPRail). And another ticket for the United Kingdom from London to your final destination (ACPRail).
Of course this example can vary and finally depends on your route.