A train journey in France is always a memorable experience, but there are many ways that you can make it unforgettable. Here are our top tips as to how to enjoy your train journey in France.
#1 Book Your Tickets Early
We all know that this really shouldn’t matter, but let’s face it, you will enjoy your train journey across France all the more if you got a bargain fare. For most trains you can book up to 4 months in advance either by phone, at the station or on the internet. The earlier you book the better the deal. It could make the difference between you being able to enjoy the extra amenities and comfort of First Class over Second Class. Or you can use the savings to book a nicer hotel at your destination. Whatever your incentive, there are ways to save.
#2 Treat Yourself to First Class
Second Class is good, but First Class is even better. On a TGV in France you will get a larger seat, even more legroom, power recline, power points and just an overall much nicer experience. If you book ahead of time you can get great rates on First Class travel on French trains.
#3 Pack A Great Picnic
There are some good food options to purchase when you are a French train. This is the culinary center of the world! However, what could be more fun that packing your own gourmet picnic with wine and enjoying it whilst you watch the amazing scenery of France pass by your window? You can take any food or beverages on board a French train with you, and this includes wine and beer. What could be better than enjoying a fine Bordeaux and some French bread and cheese from the comfort of your very comfortable seat?
#4 Learn About Your Journey
One of the major appeals of French train travel is that you actually get to see a lot of this beautiful country from the comfort of your passenger seat. If you want to make your journey even more memorable you should take the time to do a little research about the route that you are taking. The internet is an amazing resource, so why not take the time to look at the route and the places that you will be passing through on your journey? This will make your train ride even more memorable and enjoyable.
#5 Use This as Family Time
A great train journey is a good time to reconnect with your family. Our lives are often very busy and we do not spend enough time enjoying simple times with family members. Why not switch off all of your phones and stop connecting to the internet and just enjoy some simple time talking to each other? You will be very glad that you have had some time away from the pressures and stresses of normal life. Make our train journey a time to recommend with the important people in your life.
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