Take the train to Euro 2016

Take the train to Euro 2016

12 February 2016

Euro 2016 kicks off on Friday 10 June. You can take the train to France to see every match with Loco2.

UEFA Euro 2016 takes place in France from 10 June until 10 July. Due to its close proximity to the UK and the country’s expansive rail network, if you are lucky enough to snap up tickets for a match during allocation or the resale window, taking the train to France is a good option to travel quickly and hassle free to games.  

Train tickets are already on sale for all host cities so no matter who you’re rooting for you will be able to hop on a train to France to see your team play.

England will be playing in three of the 10 host cities welcoming football supporters during their first round. We’ve outlined just a few routes to take the train to France for Euro 2016. But Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland have fixtures throughout France as well so whether you need tickets from Cardiff to Bordeaux, Belfast to Nice or Dublin to Saint-Denis, we've got a train for you!

London to Marseille by train

Group favourites England start their campaign against Russia in Marseille on Saturday 11 June. Taking the train from London to Marseille is straightforward and fast thanks to Eurostar’s direct service to the Mediterranean coastline. Available on on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays in June, the direct train from London to Marseille takes 6 hrs 27 mins.

The direct train on match day arrives in time for kick-off at 9pm, or head out a day or two early to enjoy Marseille - and cheaper train tickets. Standard Class return tickets are currently available from £333.50.

Alternatively, travel to Paris or Lille by Eurostar, and onward to Marseille by high-speed TGV. The journey time is a little longer, around 7 hrs 30 mins but the tickets are cheaper than going direct, currently from £192 return in Standard Class.

Next game: Head to Lens for England’s next game, by high-speed TGV Duplex and Regional Express train. The journey takes 5 hrs 2 mins, from £74 one-way.

Take the train to Lens

The biggest match in the first round (as far as the UK is concerned!) is when England face Wales in the northern town of Lens on Thursday 16 June at 3pm.

It is possible to travel by train from London to Lens and back in a day, but with the huge crowds travelling on match day, coming on Friday or even over the weekend might be wise. And tickets are likely to be cheaper too.

Eurostar from London depart regularly for Lille, where Regional Express trains will be waiting to take you the short hop to Lens. The entire journey takes in 3 hrs 25 mins. Tickets are currently available from £263 return in Standard Class.

If you have time, you’ll likely save around £100 by travelling by train to Lens outside the busiest times. Tickets from £149 return travelling outbound on 15 June and back on 18 June.

Next game: Travel from Lens to St Etienne, via Paris, in 4 hrs 51 mins for England’s final match of the first round. Tickets from £45.00 one-way but not yet available on match day. Search on Loco2 to set an alert the day tickets come on sale and grab the cheapest fares.

Saint Etienne by rail

England play their final match against Slovakia on Monday 20 June in St Etienne. Although St Etienne sang only love can break your heart, we’re hoping the outcome of the match doesn’t break football fans' heart as well!

Taking the train from London to St Etienne is an easy journey by direct Eurostar to Lyon and a short onward journey via Regional Express, taking just 5 hrs 50 mins. With the game kicking off at 9pm, it’s possible to travel there on match day and return the following day.

Tickets for the train from London to Lyon cost from £155 return in Standard Class, travelling on the 20 June and returning on 22 June. Tickets aren’t yet on sale all the way to St Etienne but you can search on Loco2 and set an alert so you’ll be emailed soon as booking opens.

Travel by train from anywhere in the UK

We've quoted the prices from London, but you can book from anywhere in the UK (even the smallest stations!). 

UK train tickets open 12 weeks in advance though so we recommend booking your international trains now and reserving any UK tickets later. Don't forget to search for trains to London International CIV when booking your UK leg to protect your international trip in case of delays on the UK leg of your trip. 

Main image and thumbnail: © Dmytro Aksonov | iStock

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