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Buying train tickets

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Buying train tickets

We are planning to travel from Juan Les Pins to Avignon by train, and then from Avignon to Nice a week later, in September. What is the best process for buying train tickets. I noticed that I can buy them now on the website www.sncf.com. Or is it better to wait until we are in France and buy them at a station? I recall reading in a previous thread that you should select Antarctic as your country (we are in Canada) when buying the tickets on-line. Why is that?

Any other tips are appreciated.

Is first class worth the extra cost over second class?


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1. Re: Buying train tickets

Some of your journeys will use local (TER) trains, and there is no point in trying to buy these in advance over the Internet. These trains have no seat reservations (so tickets cannot sell out) and no discounts. Buy in France.

For the best prices on other trains, buy now. Tickets for September went on sale in June, and the cheapest tickets will already have sold out on some trains. Buy from www.capitainetrain.com which is easy to use, has the same prices as SNCF, and does not try to redirect you to RailEurope.

There is little difference between first and second. Buy first only if it is almost the same price as second.

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2. Re: Buying train tickets

You've missed thee cheap tickets on the non-TER trains already, but the sooner you buy them the cheaper they will be. Use capitainetrain.com, as noted above.

There's little point in buying 1st-class tickets, IMO. Unless the 1st-class tickets are just a euro or two more than 2nd-class.

Edited: 21 July 2014, 02:41
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Merci beaucoup!

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4. Re: Buying train tickets

there are discount options on the TER trains , when exactly are you doing this ? I mean the dates?

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5. Re: Buying train tickets

Some Cannes >Avignon Prem's ticket for €15 are still available here on http://www.voyages-sncf.com

Mer 3 Sep.

Durée 02h52

Départ à :11h27

De la gare de :CANNES GARE

TGV Lyria

Numéro du train :


Confort 2e classe


Période bleue

- Réservation de place obligatoire

Arrivée à :



15.00 €

Conditions tarifaires : TGV Prem's : Billet non échangeable,

Otherwise you may take the Intervilles TERs or the Intercités (which may require a reservation).


From Marseille you'd take any Ter route to Avignon Centre.The fastest via Vitrolles aéroport and Arles.The Côte Bleue route via Carry le Rouet is very scenic but would take much more time.

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