If you have decided that you want to visit France, you really should think about selecting train travel as a means of getting around the country. It is so much more convenient and enjoyable than either air travel or using a car. Here are just some of the reasons why train travel is such a good option in France.
It’s very affordable.
Many people think that galavanting around Europe will be very expensive. While it is expensive, it can also easily be done on a budget. I met a man who worked for a New Jersey water damage company and saved for a 2 years. He then took an extended leave of absence from his job to travel Europe for 8 months. This is a dream for many, but is entirely possible with budgeting and dedication.
The train is a surprisingly inexpensive way of traveling around France. Air travel is increasingly expensive, and you often have extras to pay for such as reserved seats and luggage on airplanes. Most trains in France have reserved seating and there is no charge for the luggage that you bring.
You do need to know how to work your way around the system to get the best prices. Most trains in France can be booked online, over the phone, or at the station up to 4 months ahead of your time of travel. Usually the further in advance that you book, the lower the price of the ticket.
For example, if you book ahead a ticket on the TGV from Paris to France will cost from 29 Euros in the Second Class Cabin. If you leave it until the day to buy your ticket at the station the price will go up to around 129 Euros.
Children usually get a 50% discount too. Although on some airlines they do offer some small discounts it is never half price for children. If you are traveling with children this could save you a considerable amount of money when comparing the price of air travel with the train.
Trains are fast.
A plane can obviously travel very much faster than a train, but will it get you to your destination any faster? When you look at how long a journey will take you, remember not just to look at the length of the flight itself. You need to take into account how long it will take you to travel to your ultimate destination once you have arrived at the airport. There is a lot of waiting around time to be added to any plane journey. When you add up the time it takes to get to the airport, get through check in and security and then wait to board your plane, that all adds up to a considerable period of time.
When you travel by train in France you will arrive right in the center of the city. You can sometimes even walk to your hotel from the train station. Trains in France get you from one place to another very quickly. The amazing TGV service travels at 186 mph. Check out more about traveling by TGV here.
Train travel is interesting.
France is a beautiful country. One major advantage of the train is that you will be able to sit back, relax and take in the views passing by your window. If you travel by air you will not get to see anything of the land which you fly over, except a view from 30,000 feet.
If you travel by train you will get so much more enjoyment out of the journey itself, and not just the destination. That is a reason in itself to choose to travel by train in France.
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