connections to Paris and other French cities
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French train tickets and Eurostar tickets online
All French train tickets can be ordered online - and even
out on your own computer as an e-ticket, or stored
on your phone as a QR code, like plane tickets.
But not from all sources. And not all online ticket
sellers sell worldwide, and some charge more than others.
About-France.com recommends Trainline.com
Best rates, no extra fee,
no surcharge, seating choice.
worldwide for print-your-own tickets or e-tickets or QR code.
provides city-centre to city-centre high speed train services between
London and Paris (and Brussels).
But there are also some other direct services, and plenty of other
destinations can be reached with an easy change to French TGV services
at Lille Europe station.
The most convenient means
of travelling by train from London to provincial cities in France is
take the Eurostar (click for the Eurostar
website with prices and booking) from
St. Pancras, Ebbsfleet or Ashford to Lille Europe, and
connect at Lille
to a French TGV.
There are direct TGV connections from Lille to the
main towns and cities in most regions of France, including Bordeaux,
Rennes, Nantes, Dijon, Besançon, Lyon, Avignon,
Aix en Provence,
Montpellier, Perpignan or Nice. By changing at Lille,
travellers do not need to change stations and haul their luggage across
Paris. At Lille Europe station, Eurostar trains from London and
Brussels use the same platforms as French TGVs going all over France.
See Rail travel in
Eurostar direct services
Eurostar service from London to Paris
is now just 2h 35 minutes from city centre to city centre; depending on
the season, there are also seasonal direct Eurostar services from
London to Bourg St Maurice in the Alps, and from London to Lyon,
Avignon and Marseille, in
Eurostar also offer direct Disneyland special services to
Paris-Marne la Vallée station. Apart from the direct
Paris Disneyland can be reached by changing onto a French TGV train at
By changing at Lille Europe station you
can reach a
large number of destinations across France with just a single
connection. France's SNCF has recently improved the connections
schedule; and in France, when two trains are meant to connect, in the
event of a delay the second train is held up until the first one has
arrived - unless the connecting train is terribly overdue.
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