France Train

Aug 6th, 2012, 12:24 PM
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France Train


I know this is a redundant Subject but we are taking only two one way TGV trains in France, one from CDG to Reims, and one from Strasbourg back to Paris. I know the Prem tickets are
available on line now for travel 50 and 60 days from today. Will the prices increase substantially if we wait till we get there.? Is there a service fee for ordering online through sncf or Voyages? I noticed the price was higher on voyages.

When we took trains in Italy last October, we just walked in and bought 1st class tickets with no problems and relatively inexpensive. Is France any different? These are the only trips we have ever traveled by train.(With the exception of Japan) We always have driven the whole way. Thanks for any help you can provide.
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Aug 6th, 2012, 12:29 PM
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Fare to Reims will double, fares from Strasbourg will triple. It's basically a question of whether you find the full fares to be expensive or not. Reims is not so much of a problem, but Strasbourg can be a substantial added expense.
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Aug 6th, 2012, 12:35 PM
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There isn't any service fee for buying online if you buy from SNCF directly. I don't know what you are referring to about "Voyages" being higher than SNCF, as the only website I personally use is and it is, of course, part of SNCF, the name even indicates that. I think by doubling, you have to keep in mind the base, also -- obviously, going from 10 to 20 euro isn't so important as going from 100 to 200 euro.

you need to clarify what you mean about the price being higher on "voyages"
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Aug 6th, 2012, 01:49 PM
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Yes, the prices will increase substantially. No, there is no service fee. Have no idea what you mean about prices being higher on Voyages. It's all SNCF - the prices are all the same whether you use or
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Aug 6th, 2012, 03:15 PM
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Example of price differential: Two friends came from Paris to Limoges and paid 50€ for total for their PREM ticket. They missed the return train and had to pay 120€ total for their tickets. If you are willing to accept similar differentials, you can wait until you are in Paris. However, the one time we took the TGV from Paris to Basel, it was full, which makes me wonder if last minute tickets would be available.
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Aug 6th, 2012, 03:16 PM
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My mistake. It was Euro-train

Now I have ordered a ticket but need to pay for it. Help! Do I choose Method 1,2,or3. to use my own credit card and not a sncf card?
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Aug 6th, 2012, 03:20 PM
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There's no such thing as Euro-train, as far as I know. Do you mean Eurrail? If so, their prices are significantly higher than SNCF prices, plus they charge you a fee to deliver the tickets to you. Go back to or Or try (but be aware it doesn't show all the routes).
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