Train from Paris to Alsace region

Old Jan 30th, 2018, 07:30 PM
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Train from Paris to Alsace region

It's been several years since taking the train from Paris to Alsace. What's the best way to purchase tickets.
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Old Jan 30th, 2018, 09:01 PM
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What is the context?
Are you buying in person in France? Then you can buy them at any SNCF station or at in town SNCF boutiques.
Do you want to use a ticket machine at the station? You need a CHIP and PIN card.
Are you starting from CDG or from the Paris center?
Can you commit to a specific train?
Do you want to buy online tickets?
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Old Jan 31st, 2018, 03:56 AM
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Where in Alsace?

When do you need to travel?

The least expensive option for the fastest trains is to purchase tickets online starting about 90 days out from your dates of travel. Your best bet is to use www.trainline.eu, an official SNCF affiliate with the same schedules and prices.
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Old Jan 31st, 2018, 04:30 AM
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I recently purchased tickets from the official oui.sncf website for Lyon-Paris with my US card. It went through okay. They were having deals for Spring Break, and I think TGV tickets open 120 days ahead (I certainly bought before the 90 day mark). Nabbed pack tribu 1st class tickets for 30 euro each.
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Old Jan 31st, 2018, 08:36 AM
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BUy online in advance if you can plan ahead, otherwise go to a station. That's it.

By the way, I was able to buy tickets onsite at a French rail station last summer with my American credit card in the machine and it did not have chip and pin (just chip, of course, like they all do nowadays). So give it a try, at least, i fyou need to buy one in person.
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There are 2 railway lines between Paris and Alsace:
Paris Gare de l'Est - Strasbourg - Colmar
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Paris Gare de Lyon - Mulhouse - Basel
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Old Jan 31st, 2018, 10:43 AM
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Book your own tickets online at www.oui.sncf and get discounted fares if early enough. TGVs run both lines mentioned above -many are duplex or double deckers and when choosing your own seat booking online get the upper level for much better views. www.seat61.com has lots on booking your own trains online - general info BETS-European Rail Experts and www.ricksteves.com.
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Yes always check on 1st class discounted tickets too - sometimes so cheap like Hnh6 scored. And there is a difference in classes - especially for a longish ride.
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