Airport to Train Station
Charles de Gaulle: Terminal 2 has a TGV station connecting directly to many other French train stations
Paris Orly: Airport shuttle train connects to Mitry – Claye trains and Paris suburbs.
Bordeaux: Buses leave from Terminal B to Bordeaux Saint – Jean train station every 45 minutes Lyon Saint- Exupery: Rhone Express connects the Airport’s TGV station to Lyon’s city centre and 15 other cities across Italy and France
Tickets and Discounts
Seniors passengers aged 60 or older in France can avail of discounts when purchasing a Carte Senior.
Senior train travel discounts across 30-country RailPlus network can start from 25% right up to 50%.
Children aged 4-11 years can avail of a discount.
Children under 4 years travel for free.
Youth discount for those aged 12-25 years.
Senior discounts for those aged 60 and over.
Save up to 40% on your hotel when you combine train and hotel.
Take the train and get a discount on Avis Car Hire.
Great train deals from Paris to Moutiers, Alberville, Chambery from only €22.
Travel Paris-Geneva with TGV Lyria from only €20.
Reduced fares when you travel by night from Paris to Barcelona with Elipsos, from Paris to Rennes by TGV, from London to Paris and from Paris to Nice.
Travel by night from €19 in second class couchettes, when you travel by Lunea.
Business – Class Ticket offers you certain added benefits, such as a parking space near the station, exchange and refund options, restaurant service delivered to your seat and special contact points for fast ticket purchases and exchanges at the Express Pro Ticket Offices.
It is compulsory to reserve a seat and pay a reservation fee on TGV, TEOZ or Corail (IC) high-speed trains.
See General Guidelines for info on InterRail Passes.
Extra InterRail benefits:
Discount on Nice-Digne private railway and Corsican Railways.
Discount on some SeaFrance Dover-Calais ferries and Irish ferries.
For National trains there is no supplement to pay on local or regional trains, or basic 'InterCités' long distance trains.
Discount on some P&O European Ferries, SeaFrance ferries and Irish Ferries routes (Advance booking recommended).
Discounts on the Eurostar on certain routes and free travel on some of RER Paris
Free travel from Charles De Gaulle airport to Paris Gare du Nord station
Free transportation on selected bus routes operated by SNCF
Discount on France Miniature Parc
Discount on The Grévin Wax Museum
Eurail France – Switzerland Pass
Travel on the national rail networks of France and Switzerland.
Choice of 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10 days within a 2-month period.
Travel days may be used consecutively or non-consecutively.
See individual country of Switzerland for Eurail Benefits;
Benefits in France:
Reduction on the CFC (private railroad)
Discount on Eurostar high speed trains
Free travel in Paris on the RER from Charles-de-Gaulle airport to Paris Gare-du-Nord station.
Reduction on Irish Ferries standard passenger fares on selected ferry crossings (Advance booking recommended).
Reduction on Grimaldi Ferries standard passenger fares and cabin fares on selected ferry crossings.
Free Travel from Digne – St Auban/Veynes.
Free Travel from Oloron – Canfranc (Spain)
Discounted admission to the France Miniature Parc in Elancourt.
Station & Onboard
Onboard Services: Bar Buffet Car, Wi-Fi and family area available to all passengers.
Seats & Beds: sleeper trains operate within France and can be a comfortable way to travel over night, for more information about them visit tgv-europe.com . The ‘Lunéa’ as it is known even has its own website www.coraillunea.fr
Baggage: You can also take skis, pushchairs, dismantled cycles in a bike bag and water-sport boards. Free of charge. All luggage must be labelled. Special areas for outsize luggage on board or you may also keep your bag with you if it fits.
You may a carry a maximum of three pieces of carry-on luggage, total weight under 30kg
Station stuff: There are left luggage facilities at several stations. Lille has a staffed left luggage facility, at the extreme south end of the station's passenger concourse. Prices vary depending on the station, the size of the locker and the duration. Have small change ready as you can't pay by credit card. It is important to note: lockers may be unavailable for security reasons.
Tickets can be posted to any address worldwide (except the US) free of charge, picked up at the station counter or printed off at self-serve electronic ticketing.
Like air fares, the adult, youth & senior fares increase as the cheaper seats are sold, so book early and shop around for the cheapest departure. Non-changeable, non-refundable.
Cheap advance-purchase fares called 'prems' are available if you book in advance.
Seating reservation are compulsory, and can cost between €3-8 depending on destination.