See France Like a Local

In Travel News by The H4C Team

Who can resist the romance of France? Travellers from around the globe fall head over heels for its rich culture, fine food and wine, and iconic landmarks. And the best way to discover the charming countryside of this European gem? Through the windows of a train of course! The high-speed TGV connects the must-see capital of Paris to over 200 fabulous French cities including Avignon, Dijon, Lyon and the celebrated vineyards of Bordeaux.

Wherever your adventures take you, a train will deliver you from the centre of one city to the centre of the next. Trés convenient. No need to stress about directions or maps or who is going to play designated driver. Do as the locals do and indulge in food and beverages in the bar/buffet car or create your own on-board picnic, and arrive fresh and ready for a full day of frolicking and exploring.

Our tip? Grab a Eurail France Pass to enjoy everything France has to offer via the fast, efficient and comfortable carriages of the national rail networks. As well as extensive travel options (and 11 months to begin using it), the pass also offers fabulous discounts on ferries, buses, museums and private rail lines. Travelling with the family? Up to two children under the age of 12 travel free! 

If riding the rails of Europe sounds like your idea of a dream holiday, check out Rail Europe. This one-stop shop will connect you to Europe’s impressive rail network — one of the safest and most modern in the world. With more than 250,000 kilometres of tracks and thousands of rail stations, trains will take you everywhere; from main cities to remote villages, from seaside resorts to ski resorts and even from one country to another!

So sit back, relax, and let someone else do the driving…

Photo courtesy of Augustin Lazaroiu at Raileurope

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Provence, France – shutterstock

Photo courtesy of Raileurope

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