France by rail: 10 of the best summer trips

As French rail company SNCF releases tickets for travel in France this summer, we suggest 10 great towns and cities to visit by train from the UK

If you’re considering a holiday in France by train this summer, now’s the time to book. French rail company SNCF released its summer fares on Thursday (29 March) for journeys from 29 June until 3 September. Unlike Eurostar, which puts its tickets on sale six months in advance, SNCF releases tickets only three to four months ahead of the journey time, meaning travellers have had to wait until today to book summer 2018 journeys. However, tickets sell out fast, especially on popular routes and at peak times. “There is a huge difference in price based on demand,” said Kate Andrews, co-founder of online rail booking site Loco2. “The cheapest tickets are available now. Tickets could quadruple in price nearer the time [of departure].” The prices given below (provided by Loco2) include Eurostar from London, and were available at the time of writing.

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