Between 12 - 15 April 2019 there is a flash sale on high-speed train tickets for travel between Paris and Switzerland.
Travel dates are from 20 May to 30 June 2019 2019. Book now to find cheap tickets between Paris and Geneva, Basel, Zurich, Lausanne and Bern, from as little as £25.00 one-way. These journeys are super-quick and, not surprisingly, operate like clockwork.
Under 3 hrs from Paris, Geneva’s lake, proximity to the Swiss Alps, fine food and chic boutiques make this the most restorative of city breaks. Lac Léman, the proper name for Lake Geneva is the biggest lake in the Alps, with a 175km cycling route encircling it. Take on one stage or two stages of it to the likes of Montreux, and then come back by train as it is only an hour from Geneva. You will feel a world away when you are on your bike, however. Hire one at Genève Roule in the city.
Under 4 hrs from Paris, Lausanne is also located on Lac Léman, but on its northern side, with a glorious array of Alps beyond that. With summer approaching you can swim in the lake at Ouchy, or Vidy and Louis Bourget Parks are slightly wilder swimming spots. There are plenty of car-free zones so you can walk everywhere here, including the Old Town where a climb up to the top of the gothic cathedral is a must. The views are verging on ethereal.
Just 4 hrs from Paris by train, Zurich may not be as famously chocolate box as some of Switzerland’s other spots, but it has many delicious layers. Contemporary art abounds at Kunsthaus, Museum Haus Konstruktiv and the Zurich-West district. Quite a contrast from the Old Town where, for example, you can look out across the city from Grossmünster church, or up in awe at the Marc Chagall windows in Fraumünster church. Enjoy early summer ambience among the beech trees of Rieterpark or Belvoir Park, or at one of the many cafes alongside Lake Zurich.
It takes just over 3 hrs to get from Paris to the medieval Swiss town of Basel. Small and chocolate box sweet, head to the Old Town for ancient sites such as Basel Münster cathedral, St. Elizabeth church and the Rathaus town hall, Or ramble down to the Rhine where there are plenty of boat trips on offer. Local people swim in the Rhine too, so always pack your bathers for Basel. It is also worth taking a 40 mins train journey over the German border to Freiburg, gateway to the Black Forest, also full of many sweet layers.
Travelling between the two capital cities of Paris and Bern takes just under 4 hrs 30 mins, and very contrasting capitals they are too. Bern only has a population of around 130,000 although the suburbs are home to many more. A very pretty urban idyll, the Unesco Old Town sits on a peninsula that juts out into the River Aare, which has some glorious swimming spots in summer. As well as the charming, ancient architecture of its old town, modern art aficionados will delight at the Paul Klee Centre.
European high-speed train tickets released
Tickets released today for international high-speed trains from France throughout mainland Europe.