France

Cheap Eurostar Alternatives: Low Cost Tricks for London-Paris & More

Your Guide Mose Hayward Cheap Travel Connoisseur Eurostar is the fastest, loveliest way to move between Paris and London, but you may want a cheaper alternative—or need to avoid strikes and other issues on the service. Here then is a quick guide to the alternatives for getting between London and Paris, as well as the […]

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The Total Guide to Train Strikes in France: Ride Out the Aggravations

Your Train Guide Mose Hayward Hexagonal Rail Nut The French railway company SNCF is particularly and infamously susceptible to strikes. Here’s a look at the probability of strikes affecting your travel, how to plan your trip, and what to do if there’s a strike on your travel dates. In general, we love travelling by train

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Senior Savings on European Train Travel: The Ultimate Guide to the Discounts

Your Guide Beth Hoke Expert Wanderer Savvy seniors over the age of 60 can get a range of discounts on the European railroads. For frequent travel in a specific country, you can purchase a country-specific senior discount pass. There are also Interrail and Eurail discounts that work out OK for heavy travel in a short

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The Best & Cheapest Ways to Travel Between Paris and Barcelona: Train, Bus, and — If You Must — Plane

Your Guide Mose Hayward Travel Nerd I’ve long lived in the lovely, romantic French capital Paris and the lively, sexy Catalan capital Barcelona — these are absolutely my favorite two cities in the world. But how to travel between them? There are lots of websites that promise to sell you tickets between the two cities.

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Solutions for Buying Train Tickets for France in Spite of Credit Card Rejections from Ouigo and SNCF Connect

Your Train Guide Mose Hayward Hexagonal Rail Nut The French train operator’s websites SNCF Connect and Ouigo are notorious for rejecting bank and credit cards from outside of France. Those from Brazil, Eastern Europe, the United States, Australia, and Canada in particular report problems with payments not going through or getting rejected. We’ve been carefully researching

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Luggage Restrictions On Trains in France — What to Know Before You Go

Your Train Guide Mose Hayward Hexagonal Rail Nut If you’re used to travelling by plane and thus conditioned to worry about the size, weight, and contents of your baggage, you’re in for a treat. Luggage restrictions for French trains are generally much more relaxed. The main rule is to not be taking so much that

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We Tested the Legitimate Train Booking Platforms for France—Here’s What Works Best for Cheap Tickets

Your Train Guide Mose Hayward Hexagonal Rail Nut I’ve been booking train tickets online for French trains for two decades, both with the SNCF’s official websites and the various good competing private booking platforms. There is now a healthy variety of alternatives for booking French train tickets that can get you e-tickets with the same

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Solved! The Problems with SNCF Connect and Ouigo Websites — and How We Buy French Train Tickets in Spite of Them

Your Train Guide Mose Hayward Hexagonal Rail Nut If you are blocked by error messages on the SNCF Connect or on Ouigo.com, you’re not alone. The websites and apps have lots of redirects and undergo constant updates that can render them in some cases nearly unusable. In particular, the transition to the new SNCF Connect website

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