Travelling by train to France and
rail holidays within France are popular experiences. France may be the
destination in itself for your holiday, or you may spend time in France on your
way by train to other countries such as Italy, Spain, Austria or Switzerland.
Train travel through France is one of the best ways to see the changes in
scenery from north to south and west to east. Expressions Holidays can
tailor-make your rail holiday to France. We will navigate through the options
to select the most appropriate and convenient trains for your holiday. We offer
a range of hotels such as luxury five star and charming boutique hotels.How you travel to France by train A rail holiday to France starts
with a journey by Eurostar from London St Pancras, Ebbsfleet or Ashford stations in the UK to either Paris Gare du Nord
or Lille. Not all trains stop at the Ebbsfleet and Ashford stations in Kent, but parking is plentiful at both stations and it allows you to avoid London. You may wish to start your French holiday with a night or more in Paris, or with a simple change of station in Paris continue further
into France. For certain destinations such as the Mediterranean you can change
in Lille Europe station which is a very straightforward connection with no
change of station required. In summer months there are direct trains on
Saturdays from London St Pancras to Avignon with no change required. On arrival at your French
destination, you can either explore with a hire car, or if you prefer we will
arrange private transfers from the train station to your hotel. For more information regarding rail services to and within France, view our train guide.Suggested holidays We have assembled some
suggestions for rail holidays to France. These include journeys by train to
Provence, Catalonia and the Basque Country, the Loire Valley and the French Riviera. We can tailor-make rail
holidays using any of our featured French hotels. You can travel one or both
ways by train – the other direction, you can fly or sometimes travel by ferry.
A combination of France with Italy, Spain or Switzerland is very popular. Train schedules A rail holiday to France will
usually start with a journey by Eurostar from London St Pancras to Lille or
Paris. Trains start early in the day (around 7 am) and there are regular
departures until about 8pm. Connection can then be made to elsewhere in France.
Here are some sample timings to give an idea of how your rail journey could
work. They are by no means the only rail journeys we can arrange, but simply a
selection of commonly used routes. LONDON TO AVIGNON BY TRAIN London 0717 Avignon 1347 (Direct
train - summer Saturdays only)London 0949 Lille 1226 / Lille
1303 Avignon 1708 (daily, throughout the year) LONDON TO PERPIGNAN BY TRAIN London 0757 Lille 1026 / Lille
1102 Perpignan 1743 London 0931 Paris Nord 1247 /
Paris Lyon 1407 Perpignan 1908 LONDON TO BORDEAUX BY TRAIN London 0824 Paris Nord 1147 /
Paris Montparnasse 1321 Bordeaux 1657 London 0917 Lille 1154 / Lille
1322 Bordeaux 1843 LONDON TO ST JEAN DE LUZ BY TRAIN London 0912 Paris Nord 1247 /
Paris Montparnasse 1429 St Jean de Luz 1958 London 1731 Paris Nord 2047 /
Paris Austerlitz 2212 St Jean de Luz 0911 next day (overnight)Trains from Ebbsfleet depart approximately 20 minutes later than London, and those from Ashford depart approximately 30 minutes later than London.
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Paris Airport Main airports are in Paris, Bordeaux and Lyon, with scheduled and low cost airlines flying into the country from all over the UK. Currency Euro (£1 = Euro 1.24) Size Roughly 600 miles wide and 700 miles long Population 66 million Average temperature Varies dramatically, from about 8 degrees in winter in Brittany to 26 degrees in summer in Corsica, with snow on the Alps and Pyrenees year-round
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