FLASH: France: TGV summer sale, first-class fares €35

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TGV sale

Traveling in France this summer and still haven’t purchased your train tickets? You could be in luck–France’s high-speed rail service, the TGV, today announced €35 fares all over France for July and August 2011 travel.

This is a huge opportunity to save on many very popular routes, including those into and out of Paris, Avignon, Bordeaux, Lyon, Nice, Strasbourg and more. Take advantage and book those seats now!


* Sale dates: July 12, 2011 until August 22, 2011

* Travel dates: July 15, 2011 and August 25, 2011

Read more and find fares on the TGV Web site (in French).

Don’t speak francais?

We’ve written before that the TGV Web site offers better fares on its French-language version than it does on its “US” version, which sells tickets through RailEurope, quite often at marked-up rates.

We were able to find information on the English-language site about this summer sale. However, during the search process, if you select “USA” for the “Ticket Collection Country” your search will be redirected to RailEurope, and you won’t see these sale prices. (Perhaps they have some of the sale fares, but we couldn’t find them.)

Therefore, Americans have two choices:

1) If you read French, search for and book the ticket in French. You can then print your own tickets from home. Voila.

2) When searching for fares, if you select “Great Britain” for your “Ticket Collection Country,” you will see an English-language version of the site with the sale fares. If you book the ticket as an “E-Ticket,” it will be emailed to you and you can print it out from home.

Bonne chance!

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5 thoughts on “FLASH: France: TGV summer sale, first-class fares €35”

  1. Hi Tom,

    Just wanted to let you know that all was well, and it was super easy to use the machines. There was one time it wouldn’t accept my credit card despite it having the chip in it. But that was easily solved by going to the counter.

    I will definitely continue to buy my tickets this way!

    Thanks for the tip :D

  2. Hi Jasmine,

    You should be able to pick up your ticket at the station from a machine; just make sure that you bring along the card you used to make the purchase.

    Which train is it? When I search for trains (for example, Paris to Nice), and I select a second-class ticket, I still am able to print off my ticket from home.

    Regarding the “choose your country”–yes it is a little “sneaky” to pretend that you live in another country. However, this is simply to avoid being transferred to the Rail Europe site. The TGV does not prohibit Americans from booking on its Website (http://www.tgv-europe.com/en/). I regularly book train tickets through the same site, but in French (which again permits me to avoid being redirected to RailEurope).

    All the best,

    1. Hi Tom,

      The ticket is for Marseille to Nice and I tried the TGV and the TEOZ trains and both don’t give me the print out option.

      It is a little sneaky but at no other time do they ask for country of residence for the purchase of the ticket so nothing shows on the ticket itself and since you have been able to do it regularly, surely it won’t pose a problem for me (I hope)!

      I guess even without the print out option I can do it at the machine. It can’t be too complicated? Are there ticket machines in all stations? So I can just print out all the tickets say in Paris and don’t have to worry again.

      Thanks for your help Tom!!


      1. Hi Jasmine,

        Yes, you should be able to use the machines to take out your tickets without any problem — if you bring your credit card with you.

        Note, however, that sometimes American cards don’t work in French machines, in which case you’ll have to pick up your tickets from the ticket office. Just make sure to bring along the card you used to make your reservation!

        You should have no problem picking these up in Marseille (it’s a huge station!), but you could also pick them up in Paris.

        Let us know how it goes!

        All the best,

  3. Thanks for the post!

    The Great Britain site surely offers cheaper options than my own countries’ website! I noticed however that if I choose second class seats, there is no e-ticket option; instead they offer the automated ticketing machine option. That shouldn’t be complicated or problematic to generate when I get to the station right?

    Also, the fact that I don’t actually reside in Great Britain will not impact on the ticket being invalid right? I just want to make sure that everything works out!



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