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SNCF (TGV) a few questions.

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SNCF (TGV) a few questions.

Thanks to all the information on this forum I am gradually getting to grips with the online booking system. However, a few things crossed my mind while I was doing a couple of dummy runs.

1. Some journeys do not give the option of printing or collecting - seems to be mail only. Has anyone had tickets mailed to the UK ? Any problems worthy of note?

2. Check in times - are there any? I'm looking at TGV Paris to Annecy and can't find any info.

3. Luggage restrictions - are there any? again I can't see any reference on the site.

4. If I do manage to print tickets at home, do these have to be stamped at the orange/yellow machines? I have visions of them being swallowed whole. If not, how are the tickets 'verified'?

5. Is the Paris - Annecy route a year round service or just seasonal?

Sorry to be a pain but these niggly little things annoy me! Thanks for any assistance, as always.

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1. Re: SNCF (TGV) a few questions.

if you go to

www.voyages-sncf.com

you can buy your ticket (prem's) at a very attractive price and print it.

Several TGV in a day. Luggage restrictions, think no, the only thing they need is your name on every lugage. Go ahead and good luck

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2. Re: SNCF (TGV) a few questions.

If you print your own tickets, you don't stamp them in the validation machine.

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3. Re: SNCF (TGV) a few questions.

Kebabs--

Good questions.

<<2. Check in times - are there any? I'm looking at TGV Paris to Annecy and can't find any info.>>

There are no check it times. Walk into the station, look at the "big board" to see what track your train will be on, and whether it will be on-time, then walk to the track.

<<3. Luggage restrictions - are there any? again I can't see any reference on the site.>>

I don't know if there are restrictions, but I wish there were--it's astounding to see the size and weight of the bags people heave onto the train and try to haul down the aisle with them.

<<4. If I do manage to print tickets at home, do these have to be stamped at the orange/yellow machines? If not, how are the tickets 'verified'?>>

As mentioned by a previous responder, you do not stamp the print-at-home tickets to validate. You can tell that the slot in the validation machine is not big enough for an A4 sheet folded into quarters. But I don't know how they validate them, because the 2 trips I had this month with self-printed tickets the conductor never checked them!

In Germany, however, they verified the self-print tickets by running the credit card I used to purchase them, and then checking the number against the number on the ticket.

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Thankyou for your helpful replies.

Anyone know the answer to Q1 and Q5?

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5. Re: SNCF (TGV) a few questions.

Q5 - Paris-Annecy on TGV is a year-round service. There are seasonal, sleeper train services.

Q3 - There are, in theory, luggage restrictions. However, I've never seen them enforced - unless you are carrying a pianoforte with you, I doubt you'll encounter problems.

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Thanks SHD. Four hands between us = four bags max. The piano will have to stay at home this time!

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7. Re: SNCF (TGV) a few questions.

You're welcome !

Here is the link to the official SNCF Fare Guide which lists the specific conditions of transport, but it's in French ... and it's /impossible/ to find this document on the voyages-sncf website, which loves phoney colours and advertising instead. It's a real shame, since it's the only legally binding document between the SNCF and the traveller ...

sterlingot.com/guides-SNCF/Tarifs-Voyageurs-…

See page 65 onwards :

>> Sont acceptés comme bagages à main, les valises, les sacs de voyages et les sacs à dos, dont le conditionnement, la fermeture, le volume et le poids permettent le portage et le placement sans difficulté ni risque d’avarie, dans les espaces affectés aux bagages dans les voitures de voyageurs, sous réserve des interdictions et

limitations prévues par le décret du 22 mars 1942 modifié sur la Police des Chemins de Fer. En particulier, le voyageur ne doit en aucun cas entraver la circulation dans les couloirs ou l’accès aux compartiments et voitures par des bagages trop

volumineux ou nombreux. <<

In short : you must not create any impediment to other passengers with your luggage.

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8. Re: SNCF (TGV) a few questions.

In answer to #1, we had tickets mailed to us through Eurail and it worked fine. From ordering online to the arrival of the tickets was less than two weeks.

#2 - Get to the train station anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour before your departure. They will post the track number about 20 minutes prior to departure. As soon as it is posted, you may board the train.

#3 - As far as I know, there are no luggage restrictions. However, I would definitely pack as light as possible. Some train cars have some storage behind the last seats, others do not. Some have a car with fold-down seats and lots of room; again, others do not. You can use the overhead rack for smaller suitcases, but a 24" or bigger would be problematic.

Hope this helps.

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9. Re: SNCF (TGV) a few questions.

Thankyou everyone. Feel a lot happier now.

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