Train travel in France is one of the most efficient forms of transportation in the world. SNCF (Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer), the government-owned French national railroad, serves almost every town in France.
France rightly takes great pride in its trains, including the world-famous TGV system (Trés Grande Vitesse). These mighty high speed trains whoosh you to your destination in less than half the time it would take you to drive. The TGV and other high-speed networks serve all of France's major cities, including Angers, Avignon, Bordeaux, Dijon, Lyons, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Tours and many others.
Other than walking or cycling, the best way to experience the wonders of local French culture is by traveling on the train.
And an easy way to travel by train is by using the France Rail Pass.
The pass gives you unlimited train travel in France without the worries of airline schedules, car rentals or getting lost. You'll wend your way through endless sunflower fields of Charentes, the mountain villages of the Alps, or the vineyards of Provence. Wherever you travel in France, a rail pass gives you a comfortable, hassle-free way to get around the country.
If you're only going to a couple of places in France you probably don't need a rail pass for the whole country.
Instead, it's a great idea to buy your TGV tickets online and have them with you when you arrive in France, complete with seat reservations. It's easy to do, we do it all the time!
If you'll be travelling elsewhere in Europe, we've found a great tool to help you get the right rail pass for you, and at the best price!
The Europe Rail Pass Finder shows you all the options available for your travel, allowing you to choose what's best for your needs, dates, and itinerary.
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