I love traveling by train. There’s something romantic about rail travel that keeps me captivated time after time. And if there’s one country that makes me feel this way, it’s France. As such, today I want to share 5 tips for train travel in France.
5 Tips for Train Travel in France
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1. Get a window seat
My first long rail journey in France was when I took the train from Paris to Nice when I was 21. I had heard good things about the scenery en route, but I was still blown away by how beautiful the countryside was. Ever since then I’ve made sure to get a window seat when I travel by train in France.
2. Pack all the liquids you want, including that bottle of champagne
Given I never check a bag when I travel by air, I love that I can bring lots of liquids when I go by rail. Every time I visit France I make sure to bring a bottle (or three) of wine home with me.
3. Bring the extra shoes
I’m a stickler for traveling light, but when I go by train I like taking advantage of the ability to pack a few extra things. Like shoes. Or dresses. Or makeup. This is France, after all. The women are effortlessly gorgeous, and I like to at least try to keep up.
4. Be ready to enjoy a sense of ease
One of my favorite things about traveling by train is that the stations are always quick and easy to get to. Add to that hassle-free boarding, and train travel becomes a lot more relaxing than air travel.
5. Prepare to get addicted
Ever since my first train trip in France, I’ve been hooked. From Lyon to Avignon, Lille to Biarritz, I’ve traveled the country by rail every chance I’ve gotten.
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