Decided on France for your big vacation this year? Or perhaps you just fancy a last-minute getaway to one of its iconic cities? If you’re not a fan of flying and can’t face the thought of traffic jams, you should definitely consider going by rail instead.
From the benefits of rail travel to the different stations you can journey to, here’s our guide to catching a train to France from the UK for your next holiday.
First things first, why get a train to France?
1. You’ll avoid traffic and long waits for flights
2. You’ll be able to soak up some great views from the comfort of your carriage
3. Rail travel is often quicker than flying as you’ll go directly into the heart of a city instead of having to transfer from an airport
Where can I get a train to in France?
There are numerous destinations in France that can effortlessly be reached by both Eurostar and local rail routes. These include:
Explore the mesmerizing streets of Montmartre, nip into Notre-Dame and enjoy fresh croissants at a street side café on a trip to Paris. There are over 30 direct Eurostar trains a day from London or Kent, plus the journey only takes two hours. That gives you ample time to put together your essential itinerary for the City of Love!
Why not spend a few days just outside the city, too, at one of our incredible Paris and Île-de-France campsites?
If you’re booking a family holiday, it might be hard to resist a trip to Disneyland. With a direct route from London St Pancras straight to the park, you’ll literally be going door to door by opting for the train.
If the sunny shores of the Côte d’Azur are calling you, why not hop on a train to Nice? While the trip takes a little longer (just under nine hours) and includes a change in Paris, you’ll get to admire miles upon miles of unrivalled scenery.
For vast beaches and French seaside towns, consider getting the train to Calais. It takes under an hour to reach its shores by rail from London, meaning you could even go for the day! If you fancy combining your break with a camping adventure, bring your bikes on the train and cycle 10km to nearby Camping la Bien Assise on the edge of the Guînes forest.
Fancy testing your skills out on the slopes this winter? You’ll find special ski trains operate during peak snow season, with direct routes from London to Bourg-St-Maurice. The Alpine town is then only a short bus transfer away from popular resorts like Les Arcs, Val d’Isère and Tignes.
When should I book my train to France?
As with most things, the earlier you book your train tickets, the cheaper they’ll be. Eurostar tend to release tickets up to 180 days before the date of travel and sometimes have amazing sales where you can nab tickets for brilliant budget prices.
If you already know exactly when you want to plan your holiday, don’t hesitate. Book your train to France now!