French Rail

Hi! Any suggestions on how to get the best rail prices for france?? The cities that we are travelling to are (in this order): Marseille Cannes Monaco Nice
Paris Everyone keeps telling to forget Rail Europe :)

Posted by Paul
United States, California, United States
4 posts

You can book through SNCF three months before your date of departure for the best prices and print your tickets at home in the U.S. You will always pay more for Rail Europe and they offer fewer options.

Posted by Southam
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
1187 posts

Standard advice, repeated here all the time, is to check for all the details on rail travel and ticket-buying strategies.

Posted by Kim
995 posts

For traveling between Nice and Paris, check out EasyJet (or AirFrance, or whatever). I've done that trip both ways, depending on different objectives between cost/travel time etc. train is still possible, but at least consider flying for that long portion (I think it's about 6 hours by train).

Posted by Bets
2798 posts

All those places along the coast are served by regional trains, so the prices will be the same buying them in advance or on the same day at the sation.

Posted by Larry
Elk Grove, CA, USA
6888 posts

Your best prices on train fares will come from buying 90 days in advance of travel on This works for TGV and IDTGV trains only. No discounts on Regional trains. As mentioned above, you will mostly be on Regional trains in the Cote d'Azur. The TGV does come into Nice Ville but they don't make every stop coming in. These special fares tickets will be non-refundable and most will be non-exchangeable. But, very nice fares. Your best train fare value could be from Nice Ville to Paris. Right now, I see a 25Euro fare 90 days out on this run. You can print this particular TGV ticket out at home just after purchase. Train journey takes 5hr40min with 5 stops in between. Cannes is one of the five stops. When you go to, don't select the USA as your ticket collection country. SNCF will switch you to RailEurope (they own a chunk of it). You won't get the 25Euro fare on RailEurope. Use Great Britain or France as your ticket collection country.