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Train or Car Hire Paris to Strasbourg ?

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Train or Car Hire Paris to Strasbourg ?

We are coming to France in June/July 2014 and staying in Paris a week then want to travel to Strasbourg. We were planning to travel by train, is this easy with luggage ? Or would car hire be a better option? Is there places of beauty and interest to see and stop and look at between Paris and Strasbourg that only a car option would suit ? Your help would be appreciated. Thank you.

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1. Re: Train or Car Hire Paris to Strasbourg ?

There are loads of places worth visiting between Paris and Strasbourg that could only be seen by car. What to see depends on your interests and how many days you'd have to explore. But if you only want to see Strasbourg and maybe even a few places nearby that can be accessed via public transport then you don't need a car. You'd need to decide what you want to see before that question can be answered.

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2. Re: Train or Car Hire Paris to Strasbourg ?

Just about everyone who travels by train has luggage, so yes, it's easy unless you pack too much. There are myriad things to see and do between Paris and Strasbourg, but you haven't said how much time you have or what you might be interested in seeing. If all you want to do is get to Strasbourg, the train is the obvious answer. If you have a few days to get there, sure, wander around, then ditch the car, which you won't want in Strasbourg itself.

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We want to see the culture , and heritage of France and love the old buildings and architecture. We note Reims France is the home of Champagne and has a vineyard and wine culture which is wonderful and the buildings there look beautiful. Also Metz France has The Germans' Gate from the 13th century, one of the last medieval bridge castles found in France which looks amazing. However if we stop to see all this we might take too long getting from Paris to Strasbourg in one day. The only thing we worry about if getting out of Paris in a car and taking too long on the journey in a car as we do tend to stop and enjoy our surrounding a little much. We are leaning to the Train as the best option its just a hassel with luggage that all.

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4. Re: Train or Car Hire Paris to Strasbourg ?

It's about a 5 hour drive, non-stop, from Paris to Strasbourg. The places you listed (Reims and Metz) are on the train line between Paris and Strasbourg. If you are leaving Paris in the morning and want to be in Strasbourg that evening you could only visit one of those places and you wouldn't need a car. By train you could go from Paris to Reims to Strasbourg or Paris to Metz to Strasbourg. With only one day I would forget the car.

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5. Re: Train or Car Hire Paris to Strasbourg ?

Yes thats what my friends are also telling me, thank you. We will have luggage, is it difficult to get luggage on and off the train? Is there a luggage storage at the train stations?

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7. Re: Train or Car Hire Paris to Strasbourg ?

Diz brings up a point and that is that neither Reims nor Metz has luggage storage facilities.

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8. Re: Train or Car Hire Paris to Strasbourg ?

Thankyou for your help, this is wonderful.

We are now looking at car hire in Pairs 28th June 10am check out and drive to Versailles for a tour of the Palace then on towards Mont St Michel. Where is a nice place to stop (very France and beautiful with parking)

We would then like to Visit Mont St Michel (probably a good half a day) and then drive back towards the Lorie valley (where is a another beautiful French Village with a nice place to stay).

Then we would like to visit a castle / chateau or two and head to Strasbourg.

Can you travel experts assist with planning, is this idea reasonable ?

Car hire seems very reasonable in France and a lot less than train travel for 2 Adults travelling together.

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9. Re: Train or Car Hire Paris to Strasbourg ?

How many days do you have for this adventure?

And where were you looking for train fares? The cheap fares for June/July aren't out yet on SNCF.

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10. Re: Train or Car Hire Paris to Strasbourg ?

Hi,

Our trip is still in the planning stage. We are looking at

Paris from 23/7-30/7 (we were going to do two day trips as below)

RER to Versailles for a tour of the Palace

Train to Renne, bus and transfer to Mont St Michel.

Train Paris to Strasbourg 30/7-3/7

Hire a care and visit Riguewhir and Egisheim in transit to Colmar

Colmar 3/7 -6/7

Then train over to Zurich.

Now we are thinking it may be nicer to hire a car, skip the last two nights in Paris and first night in "Strasbourg and visit versallies, mont st micheal and the Lorie valley and its wonderful chateaus and castles then drive to Strasbourg maybe stopping on route somewhere...your thoughts?