Summer comes early for European train travel

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Holidaymakers heading for France this summer will be able to book their train tickets some 7 weeks earlier than usual, thanks to an extension to the normal 90 day booking horizon. And booking early will ensure travellers benefit from the lowest available fares.

On 3 April ’14,, the UK’s leading provider of European rail tickets and passes, will be able to sell tickets for travel through to 24 August ’14.

Eurostar services are available to book up to 6 months in advance, meaning that anyone wishing to travel over the summer will be able to book their Eurostar and French journey together.

The booking extension applies to all French domestic services as well as international cross border services including those from France into Italy, Spain, Luxembourg and Switzerland.

On 15 May ’14, tickets will become available for travel from 25 - 31 August ’14, opening up the remainder of the peak summer holiday travel period.

With fares from Paris to Nice starting at £44 return and from Paris to Milan starting at £51 return for early bookers, the lowest cost fares are expected to sell out quickly. Anyone hoping to take advantage of this offer should book early in the day to avoid disappointment.

To book or for more information, visit, call 0844 848 5848 or call into the Voyages-sncf Travel Centre at 193 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9EU.

Notes to Editors:

  • Fares quoted are in standard class and per person and are subject to availability at the time of booking.
  • was created in 2000, as the travel agent and ticket distribution outlet of SNCF (French National Railways).
  • In 2012, the group sold 68 million tickets with an annual sales revenue of €3.6 billion in 2012, across more than 30 countries.
  • The group has 650 employees of whom one third are dedicated to European operations outside of France.

About is a key player in the European tourism industry and an expert in railway travel and French destinations. It employs 650 people, a third of whom work exclusively for Europe. has taken a comprehensive approach to its customers that includes 13 web and mobile sites, five travel centres and an integrated call centre service.

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About SNCF Group
Present in 120 countries, SNCF is a world leader in mobility and logistics. Its total workforce of 250,000 generated revenue of €33.8 billion in 2012, with over 1/5 of sales from markets outside France. A public sector group dedicated to public service, SNCF builds on its foundations in rail to offer a broad range of services, delivering seamless door-to-door mobility for transport and logistics operators, passengers and the regional and local governments that are its organizing authorities. SNCF Group targets cross-border and international markets, and has five divisions: SNCF Infra manages, operates, maintains and develops rail and related infrastructure; SNCF Proximités operates local, urban and regional passenger services; SNCF Voyages operates long-distance passenger services and distribution; SNCF Geodis provides freight and logistics services; and Gares & Connexions manages and develops train stations.

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