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Paris by train

Paris, city of romance and light, is easily reachable by train. High speed trains run from all over France and Europe to Paris. Arrive at the magnificent Gare du Nord and Gare de Lyon and explore the Eifel Tower, Notre Dame and Maddam Tussaud's. When you book early, tickets start at only €19. 


How to book train tickets to Paris books all your train tickets to Paris including TGV-services, but also for Eurostar, international TGV, Thalys and other international services. 

For all TGV and long-distance trains reservation is compulsory and your ticket is fixed to a certain date and time. Fares start at only €15 for short-distance journeys like Lille-Paris Longer journeys start at €25. Early booking for the cheapest fares is recommended, especially for the weekend and holiday dates. Booking opens 3 months in advance, in some cases/on some routes earlier. 

Reservation is compulsory for Thalys services from Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, Eurostar from London and all international TGV services to/from Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Spain. Fares start at €35 for Thalys Amsterdam-Paris,  €59 for Eurostar London-Paris and €49 TGV Barcelona-Paris. Early booking is recommended to get the best fares, booking opens 4 months for departure for international TGV and Thalys, 6 months for Eurostar.

How to travel by train to Paris

London and Paris are connected by Eurostar-services via the Channel Tunnel, trains run almost every hour (travel time about 2h16min). Thalys runs the high-speed service from Brussels, Amsterdam and Cologne/Essen. Trains run hourly from Brussels to Paris, every 30 min in the peak hours (travel time from Brussels 1h20min). Amsterdam is connected about 12 times a day (travel time 3h18min), Cologne about 5 times (travel time 3h26min) of which 3 trains run from/to Düsseldorf (3h53min) and Essen (4h25min). Thalys also offers a low-cost service calls “Izy”, which operates 2 times a day between Brussels and Paris. Fares for this train are cheaper, but the travel time is also 2 times longer as it runs over the old railway and not over the high speed line.

From southern Germany there are 2 different routes to Paris. From Frankfurt 4 ICE’s and 1 TGV run daily to Paris, travel time about 3h50min. The other route runs 4 times daily from Stuttgart (3h40min) via Karlsuhe and Strasbourg and is serviced by TGV-trains. One train starts/ends in Munich (6h10min). The city of Freiburg in Breisgau is also connected by 1 daily TGV , travel time 3h45min. Luxembourg has 6 daily TGV’s to Paris. The Russian Railways operate a 3-weekly night train from Moscow, Minsk, Warsaw and Berlin to Paris.

Insider tip: Take the night train between Berlin and Paris: Deutsche Bahn withdrew her CityNightLine sleeper train between Berlin and Paris late 2014, but there's still a 3-weekly night connection between Berlin and Paris offered by the Russian train connecting Moscow and Paris. This train leaves from Berlin on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays arriving in Paris Est next morning. From Paris the train leaves on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

From Switzerland connections are offered by TGV Lyria, a co-operation of SNCF and Swiss Federal Railways SBB. Four TGV’s connect Basel with Paris (travel time 3h4min), of which one starts in Bern and three in Zürich, one service operates from Paris to Interlaken in the Bernese Oberland, but there is no return service. The Swiss city of Lausanne is connected with 5 daily TGV’s (3h40min), Geneve is being served by 8 TGV’s daily to Paris, travel time is 3h10min.


From Milano Porta Garibaldi station 3 daily TGV’s run to Paris, also calling in Torino Porta Susa. Thello runs an overnight service from Venice, Verona and Milan to Paris, offering couchettes and sleepers.

From Barcelona a co-operation of RENFE and SNCF offers daily TGV’s to Paris, 2 daily trains from November to March, 4 trains in summer. A night train offering seats and couchettes  runs from the border station La-Tour de Carol in the Pyrenees to Paris, with a connecting service from Barcelona available. The daily Sud-Express runs from Lisbon to the border station of Hendaye, with a connecting TGV to Paris.

Insider tip: Take the scenic route from Barcelona to Paris: The TGV-connection from Barcelona to Paris is efficiënt and fast, but not very scenic. As scenic alternative there is a night connection from the border station Latour-de-Carol to Paris with a connecting service from Barcelona available. The suburban Rodalies-train leaves Barcelona Sants about 15.00 (time varies depending the day) and arrives in Latour-de-Carol at 18.15, the route is very scenic with the train winding his way trough the Pyrenees. The connecting night train leaves Latour de Carol at 20.20 and arrives Paris next morning at 07.24. The return service from Paris leaves 21.39, arriving in Latour-de-Carol at 07.51, the conntecting Rodalies-service to Barcelona leaves at 08.50 with arrival in Barcelona at 11.56

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