France

France

On theEurail timetableTGV trains are simply shown as TGV, Thalys as THA, ICE as ICE, Eurostar as EST and Talgo du Jour as TLG. These trains always require a reservation.

With a Eurail pass valid in France you can travel to the following train stations of countries that border France:

InterCit(intercity) trains connect the main towns and cities across France.

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Take a regional train to Ventimiglia on the Italian border, followed by a direct InterCity train to Milan (4hr) or Genova (2hr), where you can connect to trains across Italy. There is also a  TGV between Paris and Turin (5hr 45min) or Paris and Milan (7hr 15min) (reservations are expensive for this train).

The main rail network in France is made up of the following regional trains and intercity trains:

Arrive in Paris from London on theEurostarhigh-speed train (2hr 15min). You can travel on the Eurostar using any Eurail Pass including France, with the exception of the Eurail France-Italy Pass. A seat reservation is mandatory.

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Arrive in Paris on international trains from the German cities of Frankfurt (3hr 50min onICE), Cologne (3hr 15min onThalys) or Munich (6hr 10min onTGV).

Arrive in Paris on the high-speed Thalys train from Brussels (1hr 20min). Alternatively take the TGV from Brussels to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport (1hr 35min); this train also continues direct to Marseille (5hr 30min).

ICEconnects Paris to Frankfurt and Munich (Germany).

Be free to visit France and up to 27 other European countries.

The port city of Bordeaux offers natural and man-made wonders of all kinds. Known, of course, as one of the finest wine regions in all the world, you can spend your entire visit sipping vino. But set down your glass, and sample the sights and sounds of the city. With nearly 350 registered national monuments, the architecture of Bordeaux has remained virtually unchanged since the 18th century, except for a polish and shine.

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This Pass allows you to explore all of France!

Produced by CENTQUATRE-PARIS, Squence Danse Paris Festival focuses on contemporary dance with artists in residency who bring the discipline to the fore. This Festival aims to promote and help the development of creations in collaboration with cultural venues. Each spring since its first edition in 2012, the Festival presents a rich and challenging programme gathering well-known as well as emerging choreographers.

By phone through one of the railway call centers.

View approximate train travel times between top cities in France with regional and high-speed TGV trains:

TheThellonight train operates on the following routes:

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Discounted ferry travel to Ireland is an extra benefit of a Eurail Pass valid in France on these routes:

City Night Line trains appear on theEurail timetableas CNL and Intercits de Nuit as NZ. The Thello appears as EN. Youre required to book sleeping accommodation in advance.

Train stations of bordering countries

Renfe-SNCF en Cooperacinconnects Paris and Marseille to Barcelona and Madrid (Spain).

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We suggest the following routes to travel between France and other European countries:

You can make reservations for domestic and international high-speed trains and night trains:

TGV Lyrialinks Paris to Geneva and Zurich (Switzerland).

There are a number of train types in France ready to transport you both day and night. Most of the French network is operated bySNCF. Use theEurail train timetableto check times for trains in France.

French domestic high-speed trains are run byTGVand travel at speeds of 320 km/h (200 mph). TGV trains transport passengers quickly and comfortably to cities across France, including from Paris to popular destinations like Bordeaux, Lyons (Lyon), Marseille and Nice.

Travel between Paris and Barcelona by day on the direct Renfe-SNCF en Cooperacin train (6hr 25min. Alternatively use the Talgo du Jour day train from Barcelona to Perpignan.

SPRING is an annual contemporary circus festival that takes place throughout Normandie. More than 60 venues present circus shows in partnership with the new Platform 2 Circus Centers in Normandy : La Brche in Cherbourg and Cirque Thâtre dElbeuf, during the month of March. The companies are international and represent the most advanced and high levels of creativity in the field of circus art. In 2017, more tan 100 performances will take place in more than 60 venues.

TERtrains link most French towns and cities and operate frequent services.

Your Eurail France Pass is the key to the worlds most popular travel destination. Explore the romantic capital Paris, relax at the beach in the French Riviera and visit beautiful castles in the Loire Valley. Traveling by train through France is a guarantee for beautiful and varied scenery. (Please keep in mind that French high-speed and night trains always needreservationsin advance and often have limited seating for Eurail pass holders.)

Many French trains require anadvance reservation, including TGV high-speed trains, all international high-speed trains, and night trains (prices depend on desired sleeping accommodation). You can make reservations up to 3 months in advance.

Eurail passes are not valid on the Thello as it is operated by a private railway company.

Eurail Pass holders also travel for free on these international bus routes:

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France has several hub stations in Paris including:Lyon,Nord,Austerlitz,Bercy,EstandMontparnasse. From these train stations its possible to connect to trains to most of Frances main cities.

You can also travel to and from France by ferry. Get a discount on specific routes with a Eurail pass.

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HIP Opsession is one of the major European festivals in Nantes entirely dedicated to the hip hop culture through all its disciplines: music, dance and visual arts. During two weeks, almost 50 events are organized in 20 venues: concerts, dance shows, battles, exhibitions, conferences, projections The Battle Opsession is one of the most popular battles in the world. Hip Opsession festival is a powerful vector for social and cultural boundaries,

The main train stations in France usually have excellent facilities, often including:

Combine France with 1, 2, or 3 bordering countries.

Travel withIrish Ferriesfrom Rosslare in Ireland to Roscoff (18hr 30min) or Cherbourg (19hr 30min) in the north-west of France. Get a 30% discount with the Eurail pass.

Thalyslinks Paris to Amsterdam (Netherlands), Brussels (Belgium), Cologne (Germany).

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« Les Dtours de Babel » takes place throughout Grenoble and the Isere counties, working through a network of partners sites, but also investing public spaces (museums, heritage and natural sites, suburbs, rural areas). Concerts, shows, performances, dancing music, workshops and debates diversify the programme and gather professionals, amateurs and the population at large, around contemporary music, the great oral traditions of the jazz and the world music.

At a ticket desk or self-service machine at local train stations.

Stroll through the open markets and sip the local Bellet wine, explore the museums that fill the city, stretch out on your own piece of white sandy beach, or embark on a scuba-diving adventure, and youll know that Nice, and the rest of theFrench Riviera(Côte dAzur), is like heaven on earth. The people are as warm and breezy as the weather, and enjoyment is in high demand.

These high-speed trains operate to and from France:

Eurail Passes valid in France are also valid in Monaco, a tiny city-state located on the French Riviera. Its location makes it the perfect stop-over between Nice and the Italian border (20 minutes by train either way). Make sure to visit the marina and the famous Monte Carlo casino!

Culture, history, and incredible French food awaits! A Eurail Pass lets you speed in style through breathtaking countryside direct to the heart of Frances great cities. Admire fine art in Paris and fine wine in Bordeaux, explore the vibrant streets of Lyon, and relax on the sun-soaked beaches of Nice and Cannes, all by train.

TGV trains offer air-conditioning, large luggage racks, power sockets, plus refreshments and often a restaurant car.

Please note that the number of seats available for Eurail pass holders islimitedon TGV, Thalys trains, certain InterCit trains and the Paris-Frankfurt ICE train. We advise you to reserve these trains as soon as possible.

TheIntercits de Nuitnight trains connect Paris to various destinations in the east, west and south of France, by night.

Le Grand Bain in Roubaix, carried out by the Centre for Choreographic Development Le Gymnase, is thought as an immersion into the choreographic landscape. The idea is to embrace the spectrum of contemporary dance, and offer performances going from experimental forms to more accessible ones, from solos to group pieces, from pure to hybrid forms, from emerging to more experienced choreographers.

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The city of lights is known for its art, architecture, fashion and cuisine. For centuries, the world standards for culture, cooking and couture have been led by the Parisians. And they wouldnt have it any other way. The list of places to visit is almost endless: theLouvre, theEiffel Tower,Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elyse. Paris must be seen to be believed.

On theEurail timetableregional trains appear as RE. Reservations are not required for regional trains and most InterCit trains. View a map of InterCit trains that do require a reservation on the SNCF website (in French only).

Arrive in Paris on the high-speed Thalys train from Amsterdam (3hr 30min).

The centuries-old city of Lyon is a delight for the senses. Feast your eyes on the glorious landscapes, treat your taste buds to the sumptuous Beaujolais wines, breathe in the air as you sail along the rivers Rhone and Saône, and listen to the lessons of history in the centuries-old architecture, monuments and galleries. With so much to see and do, its no wonder that Lyon has been honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Take a TGV from Paris to Geneva (3hr 5min) or a regional train from Lyons to Geneva (1hr 50min).

Eurostarconnects Paris and Lille to London (Great Britain) via the Channel Tunnel, and Lille to Brussels (Belgium).

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Come for the palace, stay for the passion. TheChâteau of Versailleswas once home to King Louis XVI and his extravagant wife Marie-Antoinette. Dont miss the Hall of Mirrors and Marie-Antoinettes elaborate gardens. In Versailles, you can stroll through the secret pedestrian pathways and discover craftsmen of all kinds. Artistry and function, architecture and beauty. 16th century style, and 21st century appeal.

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TGVconnects Paris to Luxembourg city (Luxembourg), Lille to Brussels (Belgium), Paris to Turin and Milan (Italy) and Paris to Figueres (Spain).