From 3 March, extended booking opens for summer train travel from France to Italy, Spain and Switzerland.
Every year the booking horizon for many trains in Europe is extended, making it easier to find and book the cheapest rail tickets for travel during the summer holidays. Although advance booking doesn't mean there are more cheap tickets, it does make it simpler to find the low fares. Early bird tickets are always the cheapest and sell out fast!
If you haven't already, set an alert for your intended destination and dates. We'll send you a link to your search results as soon as booking opens. This year, there are two events to add to your diary:
On Thursday 3 March, international TGVs will open for sale for travel from 1 July - 28 August 2016.
This includes all international high-speed TGV from France to Italy, Germany, Spain and Switzerland:
- TGV France - Italy including travelling from Paris to Milan by TGV. For more inspiration, see our trains to Italy guide.
- TGV Lyria (France - Switzerland) including taking the train from Paris to Geneva by TGV Lyria. See our guide on trains to Switzerland for more ideas of which Swiss destination to choose this summer.
- TGV Alleo (France - Germany) including trains from Paris to Frankfurt, Munich or Stuttgart. Our guidecontains more ideas for taking the train to Germany. Correction, 3 March - these services have not come on sale as anticpated. Booking is currently available 119 days in advance.
- France - Spain high-speed trains including Renfe-SNCF's flagship Paris to Barcelona train. See our guide to trains to Spain for other destination ideas and our ideas for three different ways to take high-speed train to Spain this summer.
French summer sales
On Thursday 31 March, the remainder of France's high-speed network will open for sale for travel between 1 July - 28 August 2016.
If your destination isn't covered, check our Help article for a list of rail operators and when we expect them to open booking for the summer train timetable.