Trains in Loire Valley

Planning a trip to Loire Valley

Trains to the Loire Valley take about an hour (€14) from Paris's Montparnasse Station

 

Lodgings in France

A classic train couchette sleeping six (Photo by DB Autozug GmbH)

Sleeping in couchettes on overnight trains

 

Planning for a trip to France

 (Photo by Andrew)

A cheat-sheet of the most important things to know when riding the French rails

 
The rail system in France (Photo courtesy of SCNF)

France's main train lines

 
Rail travel (Photo by Don Burgess)

Rail travel in France

 
A train ticketing machine in France (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

How to get the cheapest fares on French trains

 
Explore all of France-or all of Europe—with a rail pass (Photo by Akwa)

Unlimited train travel in France, or France and some neighboring countries, or even all of Europe—Is a Eurail pass worth it?

 
Thaly's is a high-speed line linking Paris to Belgium, Amsterdam, and Germany (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

High-speed trains in France—TGV, ICE, Thello, Renfe-SCNF, TGV Lyria, and the Eurostar connecting Paris to London

 
 (Photo courtesy of SCNF.com)

Young adults, families, seniors, and couples can get 25%–50% off all trains with a French railcard

 
Gare de Lyon in Paris (Photo by Noj Han)

Like the trains themselves, French train stations tend to be clean and user-friendly—with tourist info, hotel booking service, left luggage lockers or offices, and decent snack bars (in case you forget to pick up train picnic supplies in town)

 
Beware of pickpockets (Photo by Cory Doctorow)

Sleeping on an overnight train is a relatively safe endeavor, but take a few sensible precautions to avoid pickpockets and thieves and sleep more soundly

 

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