French summer train ticket sale

French summer train ticket sale

26 January 2016

The French train ticket sale opens Tuesday 2 February. Get ready to book your train travel in France for this summer.

It’s that time of year again. Booking for many trains in France will be temporarily extended, making it easier to plan your summer holidays and find the cheapest train tickets.

On Tuesday 2 February the French rail operator puts many popular routes on sale, allowing you to buy rail tickets to southern France from 1 July until 28 August 2016.

The sale includes popular holiday destinations in the south of France including as Biarritz, Bayonne and Nice, so get ready to snap up the best deals. There aren’t more low cost fares but tickets can be booked much further in advance so the cheapest will sell out fast!

You can search now and set an alert for your intended destination and dates. We'll email you bright and early on the day that booking opens with a link to your personalised search results.

We’ve picked a few to inspire your French summer holiday, each of which can be easily combined with a Eurostar from London to Paris. And our help article contains a full list of destinations included in the French summer sale. Those not included this time will come on sale on 31 March.

Trains to Aix en Provence

Trains to Aix-en-Provence

Aix en Provence with old house facade ©  |

Travel from Paris to Aix-en-Provence by train in just 3 hours on high-speed, double-decker TGV Duplex. Raise a glass in memory of Picasso, one of the many great artists and thinkers who frequented this beautiful Provence town. Tickets from £19 one-way.

Trains to Cannes

Trains to Cannes

Cannes (cropped) by reproduced with thanks under a Creative Commons 3.0 licence

Hop on a train from Paris to Cannes in 5 hrs 5 mins to catch some rays on the Riviera and live it up in this glamorous town. The peaceful Îles de Lérins are a short boat ride from the mainland. Tickets from £19 one-way.

Trains to Hendaye

Trains to Hendaye

Les falaises d'Hendaye (cropped) by reproduced with thanks under a Creative Commons 2.0 licence

If you want a taste of the Basque coast, take a direct high-speed TGV train from Paris to Hendaye, France's last stop before reaching Spain, in 5 hrs 45 mins. This pleasant seaside town is a great base for excursions up the coast and for hikes in the nearby areas of the French Pyrenees. Tickets from £19 one-way.

For more ideas of where to visit and how to book, check our guide to trains to France.

Main image and thumbnail: Cannes (cropped) by reproduced with thanks under a Creative Commons 3.0 licence

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