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train travel from France to Germany?

Old Mar 15th, 2006, 09:48 AM
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train travel from France to Germany?

My husband, our sons, (15 and 18)and I are planning to travel to France and Germany this summer. We are going to Paris for a few days and then to Normandy. Our plan is to take an overnight train to Heidelberg, Germany from Bayeux, France. However, I'm having a hard time making the reservations. I tried using www.sncf.fr but it said that I couldn't do it online due to too many train changes. Could you all give me some advice on how best to make these arrangements.
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Old Mar 15th, 2006, 09:50 AM
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Try www.bahn.de If that doesn't work, I'm sure someone'll think of a good alternative.
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Old Mar 15th, 2006, 09:59 AM
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If all else fails call Linda at BETS (800-441-2387) - if she can't book it no one can. then compare prices with sncf or bahn sites - may not be much more.
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Old Mar 15th, 2006, 10:04 AM
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Are you doing the connection in Paris, to get on the Paris-Frankfurt sleeper train D361? Have you tried just booking that train alone, without connection? Then just buy the other ticket for Bayeux to Paris.
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Old Mar 15th, 2006, 10:30 AM
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Yes, I was trying to book the sleeper train. I'll try booking each leg separately and see if that works. Also, How can I have my tickets delivered to me in the U.S.? That option deosn't seem available. Thank you to everyone for the advice.
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Old Mar 15th, 2006, 10:58 AM
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You can probably just pick them up from the machines in Europe; it feels strange not to have the actual tickets, but it's just like an e-ticket for the plane.
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Old Mar 16th, 2006, 06:41 AM
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Hi Mark,

You don't have to have your tickets sent to you in the US.

A. You will get a confirmation. Bring that and the same CC you used to pay for the tickets to any train station or SNCF boutique and collect your tickets.

B. Have your tickets mailed to you c/o your hotel.

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Old Mar 16th, 2006, 07:15 AM
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Although it's possible to book seats only on the night train from Paris to Frankfurt, be sure to book a couchette both for comfort and safety (door locks from the inside). PREM (discount) tickets, if available, are 50 E for a bunk in a couchette. Since they sell fast, it's best to book as soon as the 90-day window opens. As others have said, do NOT try to have your tickets sent to the US. If you can get PREM tickets, print them yourself.
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Old Mar 16th, 2006, 07:18 AM
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First, and most importantly, you can only book space 60-90 days out..what tiemframe are you actually talking about?
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Old Mar 16th, 2006, 07:21 AM
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PREM tickets are also available for Bayeux-Paris for 20.30 E (regular price is 30.40).
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Old Mar 16th, 2006, 11:03 AM
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Thank you to everyone for the great advice. We will be leaving Bayeux on July 7 so I'm still too far out to book, I guess. I will definately book a couchette. Will they sleep 4 or should I book 2, one for us, one for the boys?
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Old Mar 16th, 2006, 03:28 PM
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1st class couchettes have four bunks while 2nd class couchettes have six bunks. If I'm reading the SNCF site correctly, the Paris-Frankfurt night train only has 2nd class couchettes and either 1st or 2nd class cabins (much more expensive). You'll probably end up sharing your couchette with two strangers.
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Old Mar 17th, 2006, 04:32 AM
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