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Train travel in France

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Train travel in France

We will be staying in Paris in December and will need to book trains from Paris Est to and from Strasbourg and then from Gare De Lyon to Basel and on to Interlaken over the coming weeks as tickets for our dates are released.

When I purchase tickets through the voyages-sncf website can I include the local Metro connections in the train fare from Paris to and from Strasbourg and to Interlaken or will I have to just purchase the fare from and to Paris Est and from Gare De Lyon and purchase the local tickets separately? If we can buy combined tickets with local connections following are details of where we are staying. Are we mainly going to be considering travelling through Train Stations or Underground stations?

We will be staying at Citadines Saint-Germain-des-Prés Paris at 53 ter, quai des Grands Augustins when we will be travelling to Strasbourg.

According to their website the nearest public transport is -

Train station: Gare de l'Est, Gare du Nord, Montparnasse, Austerlitz, (direct metro and RER)

Underground station: Saint-Michel (5-minute walk).

To get to Paris Est they say - By Metro: Take the metro line 4 from Saint-Michel station.

When we return from Strasbourg we will be staying at Citadines Tour Eiffel Paris at 132, Boulevard de Grenelle.

According to their website the nearest public transport is -

Train station: Austerlitz and Montparnasse, direct metro

Underground station: La Motte Picquet-Grenelle (2-minute walk)

To get there from Paris Est they say - By Metro: Take the metro line 4 to Strasbourg Saint Denis, then take the line 8 to La Motte Piquet Grenelle.

To get there from Gare de Lyon they say - By Metro: Take the metro line 14 to Bercy, then take the line 6 to La Motte Piquet Grenelle so we would do that in reverse when we travel from the hotel to Gare de Lyon.

Any advice you can offer will be much appreciated.

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1. Re: Train travel in France

Use www.trainline.eu

Book from PARIS to your destination. It will select the relevant Paris terminus, Gare de l'Est for Strasbourg, Gare de Lyon for Basel.

Buy a metro ticket separately to get to the Gare de l'Est/Gare de Lyon, or use a bus or taxi.

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2. Re: Train travel in France

1. In France (unlike in Germany) you do not purchase tickets to include the local public transport

For the ins and outs of travelling by RER, Metro in Paris, this is an excellent website

https://parisbytrain.com

And also use the journey planner

https://www.ratp.fr/en

2. Paris to Strasbourg, departs from Gare de l'Est

Paris to Interlaken, departs from Gare de Lyon

Each of the bigger stations in Paris serves specific mainline train (Train Grande Lignee) directions

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3. Re: Train travel in France

Thanks to you both for your replies and for the links you've provided. I'm used to train travel in Switzerland where I can buy tickets that include local trains, like when I bought a ticket that took us from Lauterbrunnen to Innsbruck via Interlaken Ost, Luzern and Zurich on the one ticket so had thought that this may also be possible in France.

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4. Re: Train travel in France

Hi,

I don't know what are your plans but it would be cheaper to go to Basel from Strasbourg. It is just a one hour twenty minute train ride and it costs 24€70...

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5. Re: Train travel in France

Any reason you are travelling back to Paris from Strasbourg? There is a very good train service linking Strasbourg and Basel, more or less an hourly service taking 1hr 20mins.

Alternatively you can travel via Germany, cross the border from Strasbourg to Offenburg, every 30 minutes taking 30 minutes and costs €8.90, and then catch a direct ICE train to Interlaken taking 3hr 28mins from just €29.90 one way!

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6. Re: Train travel in France

We have already booked and paid for our hotels in Paris so this can't be changed.

The reason we're doing it this way is that our Son is living in Paris for a year on a working holiday and we are going to Paris to spend Christmas and New Year with him. We have booked our flights with Frequent Flyer points and had originally booked to fly out of Paris early in January, after having 5 nights in Paris at the Citadines near Notre Dame and then going to Strasbourg for 3 nights and then back to Paris and staying at the Citadines Tour Eiffel for 4 nights. Our Son is planning to join us while we travel to Strasbourg and back to Paris.

We have visited Switzerland in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016 and love it there so since we will be so close to Switzerland we decided to change our flight to leave from Zurich rather than Paris so we can fit in a few days around Wengen before leaving Europe. With a Frequent Flyer award booking it was easy to change our flight to leave from Zurich rather than Paris.

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7. Re: Train travel in France

We are travelling later this week London - Paris - Figueres but we have to transfer from Paris Nord to Paris Gare de Lyon. We have read that we can use our interrail flexi ticket on the Metro but according to the video we watched you need to buy a metro ticket to get through the ticket barrier - is this correct? I am concerned we only have about 1hr 20 from Eurostar arriving in Nord to the next one leaving Gare de Lyon.

There are 4 of us travelling with 4 suitcases - are we better getting a taxi? (Thursday lunchtime)

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8. Re: Train travel in France

Train passes are not valid on urban transport such as the Paris Metro and RER. You would have to buy tickets.

You have plenty of time RER Line D gets from Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon in about 10 minutes. A taxi would be easier but no faster.

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