Set a booking alert now to get French winter tickets as soon as they are released on 3 October 2019. International ones to follow soon after that on 17 October.
While it’s still a bit too early for mistletoe and holly, it’s certainly not too early to think about booking your next French train holiday. On Thursday 3 October 2019, France’s winter train tickets go on sale . This really is a case of the early bird gets the worm or, as the French say “L’avenir appartient à ceux qui se lèvent tôt", with the cheapest tickets available from dawn on the day. Tickets available from 3 October are for travel between 15 December 2019 and 5 January 2020, so save the date to buy cheap French train tickets for peak season travel at Christmas and New Year. Tickets released will be for all trains within France including high-speed TGV and InterCity.
A second batch of tickets will be released for sale on 17 October 2019 for travel between 6 January 2020 and 8 March 2020. That includes February half term trips, so families can really be on the ball for springtime breaks.
Even better than saving the date is our ‘booking alert facility’, so that we can send you a reminder that winter train tickets are ready for purchase on your chosen route.
How to set a booking alert
It’s quite simple really. Just search the train journey and dates that you want on our booking page and, as the booking hasn’t opened yet, we will ask you to set a booking alert. Just follow the instructions, or you can also read our blog all about our booking alert facility here.
Winter train ticket sale inspiration
Paris is lovely in the springtime as well as when it sizzles in summer, but the City of Lights truly shines in winter. From the twinkling beauty of the Eiffel Tower to the bustling boulevards and cosy cafés, Paris is quick and easy to get to by train and is sure to add some sparkle to your winter holiday calendar.
Nice might be a go-to summer destination, but it’s just as nice in winter too. Avoiding the city’s most popular tourist season means getting to enjoy warm days, cool nights, and fewer crowds. A train journey to the Cote d'Azur is a guaranteed cure for the winter blues.
Home to the Mont Blanc and world-class winter sports, there’s no better time to visit this Alpine resort than when it’s dusted in freshly fallen snow. While Chamonix provides year-round activities for visitors including hiking and cycling, it truly is a winter playground where top-notch skiing meets A-list glamour.
Famed for its wines and 18th century elegance, Bordeaux is worth visiting, no matter what time of year. Whether your idea of fun is snuggling up by a fire with a verre de vin, or soaking up culture at the Musée des Beaux-Arts , Bordeaux is sure to enchant you with its cultural and historic charm. Read more about Bordeaux and its exquisite environs here.
Image credits top to bottom: Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (cropped) by Lukas Mathis reproduced with thanks under a Creative Commons 2.0 BY-SA licence, Water canal in Strasbourg ©Razvan, Alexandre III bridge in Paris iStock ©manjik, English Promenade in Nice iStock ©Delpixart, French Alps near Chamonix ©nattrass, Bordeaux Vineyard-Medoc-France ©Esperanza33.
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