It’s no secret that I love to travel by train and if you’re on a trip through France, did you know about the low-cost service offered by Ouigo? It’s an excellent budget option that leaves you with more money to spend on wonderful French cheese and wines 🙂
Travelling by train is so much more restful that any other form of travel. You just sit back and watch the scenery go by, leaving the driving and navigation to others. I’ve travelled through France so many times by train and it really lets you see another side of French life; sides and sights that you wouldn’t see if you’re flying or blasting down the autoroute.
If you decide to travel using Ouigo’s services, your fare could be as low as €10 depending on where you’re going. And if you’re travelling with children under 11, they will pay a flat fee of only €5 regardless of the length of the journey. Scroll down to see a map of the railway stations.
Bear in mind too that these are high speed trains – it takes only just over three hours to get from Paris to Marseilles in the south of France.
To make the most of the savings, bear these factors in mind:
- You need to book at least four days in advance of your travel date. The sooner you book in advance, the greater the savings
- Take just one piece of luggage and one hand bag with you. There are surcharges for extra baggage, just as there are on most aircraft these days
- There is no dining car on the train so be sure to take some delicious croissants from a local patisserie
- If you want to charge your devices during the journey, specify at time of booking that you require a seat with a nearby plug. There’s a small surcharge – – €2 at time of writing
- You can take your bike – or your pet – on the train but again there will be a small charge