I'm looking at buying train tickets for a D-Day tour in April. I'm in the US and trying to buy them online. I don't have a chip and pin card. When I go to the US website that can mail me the tickets, the price is literally twice as much as the price on the SNCF website. The SNCF website will only let me buy the tickets if I say I'm in Europe and can pick them up with a chip and pin card from the automatic ticket machine. It seems my only options are to pay a ton through the US site, or buy them through the website (pretending to be French) and then pick them up from a manned booth. However, I emailed the SNCF website and they told me that even there I would need a chip and pin card. I've read other places online that you don't need a chip and pin card to pick up from a manned booth, as long as it is the exact card you used to book the tickets with. I'd love to just be able to print these tickets at home and not have to worry about a long line at the station, but I can't find out how to do that. Am I missing something here, what is the best way to buy these tickets from the US without a chip and pin card.
Thanks so much for any help