In France, board your train early

Board trains early for good seats when you’re traveling in France. A half hour before departure is optimal. Before boarding, you must punch your ticket (but not Eurail Pass) in one of the orange machines at the entrance to the platforms, or else the ticket collector will fine you €15.

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