From 2 March, extended booking opens for summer train travel from France to Spain, Switzerland and Italy.
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. Gotta love that summertime! 🎶
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!
Here's everything you need to know:
- Book from Thursday 2 March 2017
- Travel dates 2 July - 27 August from France to destinations in Spain and Switzerland
- Travel dates 2 July - 30 July inclusive from France to Italy
TGV services from France to Italy are open for sale on Thursday 2 March, but only for travel until 30 July at present. This is due to engineering works on the high-speed line during August. Tickets for travel in August are expected to come on sale later.
French summer sales
Trains to the most popular destinations in the south of France are already on sale for travel until 27 August. If you fancy a summer holiday to Nice, Cannes or Aix-en-Provence, our blog about Summer bookings to Provence and Côte d’Azur has got you covered!
High-speed TGV train sales to Brittany, the Atlantic Coast, Bordeaux and the South-West are open for travel 30 June - 27 August. This includes routes on the new TGV L'Océane and TGV Ouest high-speed services - running from 2 July - which knocks more than an hour off the current travel time by train from London to Bordeaux and Toulouse.
The remainder of France's high-speed network will open for sale on Thursday 30 March, for travel between 30 June - 27 August 2017.
For more ideas of where to visit and how to book, check our guide to trains to France.
If your destination isn't covered here, check our summer train timetable article for a list of when we expect those tickets to go on sale.