Best price train tickets

How will I get the best/lowest price on a train ticket! How many days in advance to purchace! Looking to travel from Paris to Rennes.Bill

Posted by Larry
Elk Grove, CA, USA
6735 posts

The best way to get the best price on this ticket is to buy from www.tgv-europe.com. Choose any country besides the USA as your Ticket Collection Country. If you choose USA, the site will switch you to RailEurope which you do not want. I use Great Britain. You can book up to 90 days out for French train tickets. The Paris/Rennes is a TGV run. I see fares as low as 29Euro 2nd class one-way. You can get a round trip if you want. The discount tickets are non-refundable and may be non-exchangable as well. Once you purchase a TGV ticket, you will shortly receive and email. It's the ticket. You can print out TGV tickets at home.

Posted by Ray
Portland, Oregon, USA
1360 posts

hi, i will use Raileurope.com to figure out the logistics and if they have a price, use it as a baseline. I will then try to find the regional train system and look there for prices and verify days/times and such. from what ive seen and used last year and planning for this year, some or most of the train systems will only allow you to book in advance 3 or 4 months out. What i do is to pick a day (same day of the week though) within the 3 or 4 months of the current date to get an idea on cost. im sure others will have better methods to find less expensive fairs. as far as "how many days in advanance" to purchase, i will always purchase my tickets as far out as possible. Why you ask? because i do/plan my trip way in advance and dont want to miss or have to reschedule (loose $$$) doing it. Others my travel with out any plan, but for me, my time & $$$ is limited so i try to make the most of it - for now. happy trails.

Posted by Tim
Minneapolis, MN, USA
8646 posts

Things have changed for the better on the tgv-europe site!! In the past, if a person chose the USA as his/her country of residence, he/she would automatically be bumped to the US Rail Europe site. Now the only choice is "America". Clicking there brings you to a booking page. If you choose Great Britain as your ticket collection country, you will be given the option of booking on the UK Rail Europe site or continuing on tgv-europe.com. However, if you choose France as your ticket collection country, you can avoid having to make that choice. If you are allowed to print your own ticket, do so. Otherwise you can pick it up at any SNCF station or boutique in France. Another change: Except for iDTGV tickets, advance booking used to open three full months in advance. I just did a dummy booking for Paris-Rennes and could have booked four months in advance. Discount fare tickets are for a specific departure date and time and are non-exchangeable and non-refundable. Be sure you can commit before booking.

Posted by Eileen
Texan in CA
3586 posts

RailEurope.com shows a very limited range of trains; use bahn.com for more complete skeds.

Posted by Eileen
Texan in CA
3586 posts

Just a note - When I was on tgv-europe yesterday and today, there was no 'America'...just the same ol', same ol'... So, what's up with that LOL?!?

Posted by Tim
Minneapolis, MN, USA
8646 posts

Eileen, Try clearing your cookies before going to tgv-europe.com. On the left-hand side of the home page you should be able to choose from Asia, Africa, America, and Australia.

Posted by Eileen
Texan in CA
3586 posts

I've been known to 'clear' a cookie or two 8^D Do they only have 'A' places now? Aeurope?