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OverviewOutside the French capital lively cities, from Marseille to Mulhouse, ooze culture like a ripe brie while 22 regions dish up unique local food, wine and joie de vivre. Take along your phrase book and uncover France beyond the clichés.
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|Nice||Paris Cdg Airport||06:36||AU$ 112|
|Paris Cdg Airport||Avignon||03:09||AU$ 60|
|Lyon||Paris Cdg Airport||02:01||AU$ 45|
|Paris Cdg Airport||Marseille||03:45||AU$ 60|
|Bordeaux||Paris Cdg Airport||04:10||AU$ 55|
France has one of the most extensive and modern railway networks in Europe. The railway network is managed by SNCF, the French national railway company. SNCF literally stands for Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français in French. More than 32,000 km of railway tracks are managed by SNCF. The group is a leading travel company in France and throughout the world. The high speed rail service in France is almost entirely operated by SNCF through its flagship trains called the TGV. Other local and regional trains are operated by the company. Regional trains are called TER. A seat reservation is mandatory for pass holders to travel on board the TGV.
In Paris and around, you have already a lot to see. Pompidou Center, Louvre museum, Versailles Castle and so one are waiting for you. From France’s capital, you can hop on a train to discover the German influence in Strasbourg, the Spanish one in Toulouse. You can also stroll in Bordeaux neo-classical streets or discover Renaissance Lyon and its “traboules”.
France is everything that you want. Board a train to Provence to be wowed by the landscape. Explore the numerous Loire Valley Castles or be touched by the Prehistoric Painted caves in Dordogne. If you like nature, enjoy canoeing along Ardèche’s river, go skiing in the Pyrenees or run to Camargue plateau to admire wild horses.
If you like high-end fashion, you’ll find beautiful shops in Paris, Bordeaux, or Cannes. Buy some foie gras in Dordogne while you visit. In the Provence region, pick up olive oil and by-products. If you like wines, Loire Valley, Burgundy and Bordeaux regions provide excellent ones.
Eat & Drink
If you’re visiting France by train, stop on Toulouse to taste the Cassoulet. In eastern region Alsace try the choucroute, or the Bouillabaisse (fish soup) with anise-flavoured Pastis if you are near Marseille.
If you’re fond of contemporary art, wander around the Abattoirs in Toulouse or around Paris’ Palais de Tokyo, or enjoy the view from the new Millau’s viaduct, an amazing bridge.
Rail Pass benefits in France
Private and Scenic Trains
- Passholder fares (discount on first and second class tickets) to travel on board the Eurostar. The pass holder discount is also available with a Second Class Youth rail pass.
- Discounted fare. Thello International trains between France and Italy. Discounted fares applied if pass is valid in France and/or Italy. Routes: Marseille-Toulon-Les Arcs St Raphael-Cannes-Antibes-Nice-Monaco-Ventimiglia-San Remo-Imperia-Diano- Marina-Alassio-Albenga-Finale Ligure-Savona-Genova-Voghera-Pavia-Milano. Paris-Dijon-Milano-Brescia-Verona-Vicenza-Padova-Venice
Ferries and Cruises
30% reduction on the standard foot passenger fares on ferry crossings from Cherbourg to Rosslare (Ireland) (February to December) and Roscoff to Rosslare (Ireland) (May to September) operated by Irish Ferries. Advance booking is recommended and reservations required. No daily sailings.
- Free Travel from Digne – St Auban/Veynes
- Free Travel from Oloron – Canfranc (Spain)
- Board the international IC bus if you have a Eurail Global Pass. Reservation required and not included. If your rail pass does not include the country you are visiting, you will need a ticket and a reservation.
Museums and Attractions
Free gift. Rock Shop for purchases over € 25. Hard Rock Cafe Nice, 5 Promenade des Anglais and Paris, 14 Boulevard Montmartre.