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Trains to Paris

Paris lies at the hub of France’s highly efficient rail network. Many of the country’s top-of-the-range high-speed trains (known as TGVs) begin or end their journeys in the capital. But don’t forget that France also has a marvellous network of cross-country TGV routes linking provincial centres.

Whether you are bound for the sunny shores of the Mediterranean or for the French Alps or Pyrenees, you’ll find a great choice of fast TGV trains from Paris to your eventual destination. But take time for Paris too. The so-called City of Light is one of the world’s premier destinations. Explore the city's grand boulevards and set-piece sights but also wander through the markets and side-streets of Montmartre.

Regular visitors all have their favourite corners of Paris. Some opt for the laid-back chic of St Germain, others prefer gritty Beauville, while for many the real lure is in the grand boulevards that run west from Madeleine towards the Bastille. Our real favourite is the little island in the Seine just east of Notre Dame. The Île St-Louis has no grand sights, but here on an isle in the heart of Paris is a community that still retains a village-like feel. You don't need a boat to get there, for there are five bridges to the mainland, not to mention a footbridge over to the adjacent Île de la Cité.

For days out from the capital, comfortable regional trains will speed you to communities in the Parisian hinterland. Popular short excursions from Paris include the Palace of Versailles, Claude Monet's garden at Giverny and the Disneyland Paris complex at Marne-la-Vallée–Chessy. It's worth noting that Loco2's coverage does not include RER and other local trains in the Paris region. Tickets for these trains are best purchased locally.

For those keen on exploring Europe by rail, Paris is a key port-of-call. Not only does it host Eurostar services from England, but it is the starting point for other important international rail services. You can travel from Paris directly to Venice, Barcelona, Geneva, Amsterdam, Munich, Turin and Milan. There is even a direct train (called the Trans-European Express) from Paris to Moscow.

Travel to Paris by train from anywhere in the UK or across Europe.

London to Paris by train

from $57.17

Avg 0 changes 2hr 16m

Amsterdam to Paris by train

from $39.77

Avg 0 changes 3hr 1m

Brussels to Paris by train

from $28.59

Avg 0 changes 1hr 22m

Barcelona to Paris by train

from $32.93

Avg 0 changes 6hr 25m

Lyon to Paris by train

from $28.59

Avg 0 changes 1hr 56m

Milan to Paris by train

from $32.56

Avg 0 changes 7hr 7m

Venice to Paris by train

from $32.93

Avg 0 changes 13hr 38m

Marseille to Paris by train

from $46.61

Avg 0 changes 3hr 4m

Cologne to Paris by train

from $32.93

Avg 0 changes 3hr 20m

Moscow to Paris by train

from $246.08

Avg 1 change 35hr 20m

Ebbsfleet to Paris by train

from $55.31

Avg 0 changes 2hr 5m

Berlin to Paris by train

from $50.96

Avg 1 change 8hr 1m

Frankfurt am Main to Paris by train

from $32.93

Avg 0 changes 3hr 40m

Geneva to Paris by train

from $32.93

Avg 0 changes 3hr 7m

Zurich to Paris by train

from $32.93

Avg 0 changes 4hr 3m

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Trains to France

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.