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France’s summer of sport 2016


France is gearing up for a great summer of sport in 2016. One of the fastest and easiest ways to travel in France is by train as the French high speed rail system is one of the best most modern in Europe.

Football: EURO 2016TM

Tickets are available for domestic French trains running between Paris and the ten host cities and will be available for travel during the period of the tournament – between 10 June and 10 July 2016.

In addition to SNCF (the French rail network) services, Eurostar tickets are also available for travel and UK based fans will be able to book their full journey from London through to their destination host city in one booking.

Summer 2016 will be a huge summer of sport in France, but it’s also a great opportunity for non-footie lovers to get away from the wall to wall football and head for an early summer break in Europe.

For those who are looking forward to what will surely be a great spectacle, here are the destination cities for the tournament, prices*and the journey times from London:

Bordeaux – from £111 return with journey times from 6 hours 41 minutes
Lens – from £82 return with journey times from 3 hours 2 minutes
Lille – from £69 return with journey times from 1 hour 28 minutes
Lyon – from £89 return with journey times from 4 hours 41 minutes
Marseille – from £99 return with journey times from 6 hours 27 minutes
Nice – from £121 return with journey times from 8 hours 57 minutes
Paris & St Denis – from £69 return, with journey times from 2 hours 16 minutes
St Etienne – from £107 return with journey times from 5 hours 51 minutes
Toulouse – from £121 return with journey times from 9 hours 4 minutes

Additional domestic French services are being laid on in anticipation of the increased demand from football fans, which is good news for all travellers of course. For the soccer stalwarts, trains will be fitting in with the timings of the matches, so fans will be able to leave the host cities by train even after evening matches.

As an added bonus, Voyages-sncf.com and Atout France have developed a guide to the host cities and how to get there by train with the help of TheGoodLifeFrance.com.  These are really useful for the regular visitor as well as the enthusiast. You can view the e-book here – uk.voyages-sncf.com/en/uefa-euro-2016.

Reservations, information and bookings: www.voyages-sncf.com

*All prices are adult standard class return per person

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