SNCF Summer Sales Start on February 2nd

by Malin Schibler, posted 28 January 2016 | 52 comments

Just a small selection of available destinations

Just a small selection of available destinations

Next Tuesday, SNCF will be holding a ticket sale for a huge number of beach destinations in France. So if you were thinking about visiting the French Riviera or Basque Coast this summer, you have one week to do some planning!

This sale will include tickets with departures from the 1st of July until 28th of August. As per usual, those who are earliest to book get their hands on the best tickets.

***Correction: January 28th
We had previously advertised that this sale would include RENFE-SNCF, TGV Lyria and TGV France-Italy tickets. These dates have now been changed and these tickets will be released on the 3rd of March instead.

Head to the Mediterranean coast

In one week, you’ll be able to book your tickets to a large variety of destinations on the Mediterranean coast. The great thing is that you will also be able to book tickets between these destinations and not only just from Paris.

Here’s what you will be able to book:

  • Paris – Avignon TGV
  • Paris – Aix en Provence
  • Paris – Marseille
  • Paris – Nice
  • Paris – Toulon
  • Paris – Hyères
  • Paris – Les Arcs Draguignan
  • Paris – Saint Raphaël Valescure
  • Paris – Cannes
  • Paris – Antibes
  • Paris – Monaco
  • Paris – Menton
  • Paris – Ventimiglia

The good news is that the tickets are not limited to departures/arrivals from Paris. So you can combine trips between any of these destinations as well. For example, you could book a ticket from Nice to Avignon, Toulon to Ventimiglia or Cannes to Antibes. There are plenty of options!

Visit the Basque Coast (minus Bordeaux)

If you’re someone who prefers their beaches to have some bigger waves, then you can be glad your destination (if it’s in the south west of France) will also be included next Tuesday.

The following destinations will be covered:

  • Paris – Agen
  • Paris – Montauban
  • Paris – Toulouse
  • Paris – Tarbes
  • Paris – Lourdes
  • Paris – Pau
  • Paris – Orthez
  • Paris – Dax
  • Paris – Bayonne
  • Paris – Biarritz
  • Paris – Saint Jean de Luz
  • Paris – Hendaye

Of course, you can again book tickets between any of these destinations as well. So that could include a train from Lourdes to Pau, Biarritz to Toulouse, or Agen to St Jean de Luz.

Is your destination not included?

Many remaining destinations in France that are served by TGV and Intercités trains (including Bordeaux!) in France will go on sale on the 31st of March, for the upcoming summer. This will also include tickets for northern France (destinations towards Belgium).

This means that if your destination is not listed above, then your tickets will become available on March 31st and not in this upcoming sale.

Want to Visit Switzerland, Spain or Italy?

As of the 3rd of March, you’ll also be able to get your hands on a range of tickets for journeys between France and Spain, Italy, and Switzerland. Specifically, it will include RENFE-SNCF tickets for trips between France and Spain, which that includes Paris – Barcelona, Perpignan, Girona and more. Plus  TGV Lyria tickets for trips between France and Switzerland (e.g. Paris – Zurich or Geneva) and TGV France – Italy tickets, for trips between Paris and Milan

To see exactly which destinations are included, you can find some route maps by clicking here.


Will prices be reduced? By how much?

by John, posted 26 January 2016 on 21:12. Reply #

Hi John!

The prices won’t be reduced especially for the sale. Though they still are sold at a low price. Normally you’ll find tickets starting at around €20.00 🙂

by Malin Schibler, posted 26 January 2016 on 23:09. Reply #

How much savings off the regular prices is expected for round trips on TGV Lyria to Lausanne Switzerland and Zurich Germany from Gare de Leon?
Thanks, Larry

by Larry in California, posted 1 February 2016 on 19:13. Reply #

HI there Larry!

The prices aren’t going to be lower than the usual cheapest tickets (which around around €40). Instead this sale is just for releasing tickets earlier than normal 🙂

by Malin Schibler, posted 2 February 2016 on 13:20. Reply #

What about those of us who want to travel to Agde, Beziers, Narbonne, Sete or Perpignan ? None of those routes are on here or is that 31st March as well? Thanks Tony

by Tony Glover, posted 26 January 2016 on 21:49. Reply #

Hey Tony!

Tickets for those destinations (if they are served by a TGV or Intercités train) will become available on the 31st of March. Otherwise the usual 3 month booking horizon applies 🙂

by Malin Schibler, posted 26 January 2016 on 23:11. Reply #

Just as the previous comment…are the ticket prices any better than SNCF online?

by Val Tyrrell, posted 26 January 2016 on 21:51. Reply #

Hi Val!

We sell our tickets at the same base price that SNCF does. So you’ll find the same prices on their website and on Captain Train’s website. Though you might be able to book quicker on the latter one 🙂

by Malin Schibler, posted 26 January 2016 on 23:13. Reply #

I’d like to go to Algeciras in the extreme South of Spain. I wonder can I get such a ticket reduced, or do i have to buy just to Henday/Port Bou and then a spanish ticket?

by pete, posted 26 January 2016 on 22:17. Reply #

Hi Pete!

Unfortunately we can’t yet sell any tickets for this destination as it’s issued by Renfe. We’re not yet connected to Renfe’s reservation system so we can only sell tickets between France and Spain at the moment. We’re hoping to cover Spain one day soon though!

For now, you can book the ticket to Hendaye through Captain Train. For the remainder, you can use Renfe’s website to buy your tickets:

by Malin Schibler, posted 26 January 2016 on 23:17. Reply #

Can one book on 2 February for journeys in June from Paris Austerlitz to Montauban or Caussade?

by M Couchman, posted 26 January 2016 on 22:58. Reply #

Hi there!

This sale is only for tickets between July 1st and August 28th. So you’ll be able to book three months ahead of departure for the Paris – Montauban tickets 🙂
And the same goes if you’re wishing to travel to Caussade as well.

by Malin Schibler, posted 26 January 2016 on 23:19. Reply #

We want to travel by train from Paris to Souillac (then bus to Sarlat) early in June. Do you know when it might be possible to book this? Thanks

by Bryan, posted 26 January 2016 on 23:53. Reply #

Hi Bryan!

These tickets will become available the usual 3 months in advance. This sale is only for journeys that take place between July 1st and August 28th 🙂

by Malin Schibler, posted 27 January 2016 on 10:18. Reply #

Dear Malin
We received an email from SCNF on 12 February 2016 saying book now for La Rochelle to Nantes on 26 June 2016. The train we want was specified but said to be “not bookable yet”.
Are you able to expain?
Thanks and regards
PS We want to book with Captain Train of course

by Bryan, posted 13 February 2016 on 12:00. Reply #

Hi there Bryan!

There are around two trains already open for reservation for this route in June. Though quite a few more will become available within three months of your departure dates. So I would recommend that you wait until then to book so you have some more options available 🙂

by Malin Schibler, posted 15 February 2016 on 9:53. Reply #

Hello, i am interested in booking the overnight train (with couchettes) from latour de carol to paris. Are thise tickets Becomming available in feb 2?

by Ian, posted 27 January 2016 on 2:33. Reply #

Hi there Ian!

These tickets will become available on the 31st of March and not on the 2nd of February. We’ll send you another reminder about this once the sale gets closer.

by Malin Schibler, posted 27 January 2016 on 10:19. Reply #

Wanting to book auto train Paris to Narbonne, in September, when will these become available thanks

by Chris clark, posted 27 January 2016 on 8:02. Reply #

Hi there Chris!

Captain Train is unfortunately not able to sell tickets for the auto-train as they aren’t available for sale online. Though you can find some more information about booking them here:

by Malin Schibler, posted 27 January 2016 on 10:21. Reply #

When will it be possible to book TGV tickets from Brussels to Marseille?
Thanks 🙂

by Agathe, posted 27 January 2016 on 10:29. Reply #

Hi there Agathe!
These tickets should also go on sale on the 31st of March 🙂

by Malin Schibler, posted 27 January 2016 on 11:06. Reply #

will i be able to prebook the ticket via my profile and pay or confirm later? it is such ashame we can’t have this option anymore for eurostar tickets …

by Alice, posted 27 January 2016 on 11:46. Reply #

Hi Alice,

you’ll indeed be able to pre-book your tickets.
Though the expiry time isn’t determined by us and by SNCF instead. So we can’t guarantee that we can hold the tickets for longer than 30 minutes, especially if it’s a non-refundable fare.
If you also have some more questions about pre-booking your Eurostar tickets, please get in touch with our support team here:
We’ll be glad to help!

by Malin Schibler, posted 27 January 2016 on 15:24. Reply #

Hi. Any deals for May on TGV Paris-Lyon and Avignon-Paris?

by Marie-Claire, posted 27 January 2016 on 12:12. Reply #

Hi Marie-Claire,

For both of these routes, you can currently find a wide variety of tickets on sale, for travel until the 17th of May.

Though if you’re intending on travelling after this date, you’ll have to wait until your departure date is less than three months away 🙂

Feel free to check out our FAQ section which covers the ticket release dates in a bit more detail:

by Malin Schibler, posted 27 January 2016 on 15:29. Reply #

Hi. I’m a bit confused. Is this sale on 2 February ONLY for dates between 1 July and 28 August? Or other dates too? I want to go from Toulouse to Madrid on 25 June…

by Jane, posted 27 January 2016 on 13:13. Reply #

Hi there Jane,

This sale is only for travel dates between the 1st of July and 28th of August.

So you’ll have to wait until your departure date is 119 days away (this is RENFE-SNCF’s booking horizon) to be able to make your reservation 🙂

by Malin Schibler, posted 27 January 2016 on 15:31. Reply #

Am I able to pay for train tickets with my Spanish Debit Card – from Le Havre/Paris to barcelona

by Peter Leak, posted 29 January 2016 on 17:50. Reply #

Hi Peter!

You certainly can pay with your Spanish debit card 🙂

If you’d like some more information about the payment methods we accept, you can have a look here:

by Malin Schibler, posted 1 February 2016 on 8:48. Reply #

Hi there,

I want to book from Paris to Barcelona and back between 1st July and 28th August. Will these tickets become available on 3rd March? Also, do they become available to book at one minute past midnight French time?

Are the summer sale tickets only for daytime trains, or can we choose a couchette night train from Paris to Perpignan and then the AVE train to Barcelona?

Thank you for your help.

by Tony, posted 29 January 2016 on 19:33. Reply #

Hi Tony!

The tickets are generally released in the mornings, around 6 or 7. There’s no set release time, however, it’s usually not right after midnight 🙂

The RENFE-SNCF tickets that go on sale on the 3rd of March are indeed only for the day time trains. So if you wish to book a night train from Paris to Perpignan, you would have to wait a little and book these tickets in the second part of the sale, on the 31st of March.

by Malin Schibler, posted 1 February 2016 on 9:16. Reply #

Hi, I just want to ask when I could book Paris to Lourdes in July Roundtrip?
Thank you.

by joanne catalano, posted 30 January 2016 on 5:31. Reply #

Hi Joanne!

As it says in the article, tickets to Lourdes for travel in July become available in this sale. So that means you can book on the 2nd of February 🙂

by Malin Schibler, posted 1 February 2016 on 8:49. Reply #

Will I be able to book overnight trains (with couchettes) from Paris to nice for August?

by Matthew, posted 30 January 2016 on 17:17. Reply #

Hi there Matthew!

Theoretically you should also be able to book tickets for the night train between Paris and Nice. There is a small chance that the tickets may not be released as the schedules for night trains can sometimes be a bit delayed.

We recommend having a look tomorrow, on the 2nd of Feb., and hopefully you’ll be able to book. If not, feel free to contact us at and we’ll help out further!

by Malin Schibler, posted 1 February 2016 on 9:12. Reply #

I am going to do my Camino, finishing maybe June 3,want to go to Barcelona from Santiago, how much it will cost? thanks so much.

by cathy, posted 1 February 2016 on 0:53. Reply #

Hi Cathy!

Unfortunately Captain Train isn’t yet able to sell domestic train tickets in Spain. We are hoping that this will be possible in the near future, if we add Renfe to our booking platform. For now we offer international journeys from Spain to France, with RENFE-SNCF 🙂

by Malin Schibler, posted 1 February 2016 on 9:13. Reply #

Hi. Are Paris to Latour de Carol tickets included in this sale?

by John, posted 1 February 2016 on 12:27. Reply #

Hi John!

You can find a complete list of the destinations included in this sale in the article above 🙂

Unfortunately La-tour-de-Carol isn’t included in the February sale, so the tickets should be released on March 31st instead.

by Malin Schibler, posted 1 February 2016 on 17:16. Reply #


Was looking for a direct TGV ticket from Nice to Aix en Provence in July, but I only seem to be getting TER tickets that involve changing – mostly in Marseille. Will that direct trip be coming available at some point today, in March or the usual 3 month lead-in ?

Thanks in advance/

by Cormac Hoy, posted 2 February 2016 on 12:18. Reply #

Hi Cormac!

The TGV direct trains from Nice stop at Aix-en-Provence TGV station and not at Aix-en-Provence Centre. This is because only TER trains serve this station, and there is no direct TER train connection between it and Nice.
So you need to select Aix-en-Provence TGV as your departure station:

There are only a limited amount of direct trains, about 1 – 2 per day. And on the 3rd of March, 1 or 2 additional direct trains, operated by TGV Lyria, will also be added to the schedule.

If you have any more questions about your reservation, you can always get in touch with us here:

by Malin Schibler, posted 2 February 2016 on 13:16. Reply #

Thanks, Malin. Still not getting direct trains. Will send a message via the link you provided.

by Cormac Hoy, posted 2 February 2016 on 14:47. Reply #

I am looking for tickets from CDG to Avignon TGV on 4 July and returning on 10 July and thought they would be available with the sale beginning today. When searching those dates, I get an error saying it is too early. Are there routes not yet made available?

by Stan York, posted 2 February 2016 on 17:06. Reply #

Hi there Stan!

This is entirely correct: the tickets from CDG Airport to Avignon are not a part of this sale. Instead this sale only includes tickets with departures from Paris. I know it may seem confusing, however, the CDG Airport station is not considered to be in Paris 🙁

So you now have two options: you can either already book your tickets, with a departure from Paris (i.e. Gare de Lyon), and then transfer from the airport beforehand. Or, wait until March 31st until tickets departing at CDG also become available 🙂

by Malin Schibler, posted 3 February 2016 on 15:24. Reply #

When can I book tickets from Lyon to Paris (round trip) on the 21/June/2016. Also when will the timetable be printed to cover the euros .Thanking you really looking forward to visiting your country .

by Joe Herald, posted 12 February 2016 on 23:40. Reply #

Hey there Joe!

On the 10th of March there will be the opening of all TGV tickets for the UEFA 2016 period. This also includes tickets from Paris to Lyon. So you’ll be able to find train timetables for the Euros matches and book your tickets, of course 🙂

by Malin Schibler, posted 15 February 2016 on 10:33. Reply #

I would like to book 2 tickets in advance for night train from Gare du Austerlitz Paris to Bayonne on 23. May – train no. 4053 21:54 – 8:34.
This conection is on timetable on Price is from 20 EUR. I suppose that this price is for normal train seats. Is it no possible to book these seats online? Can I book it on 23. 5. on train station? I prefere to book Couchette T6 in advace. When I checked it last year there was price for cheapest Couchette 26 EUR but in Monday´s conections from now till 23. 5. is only one possibility to buy this tickets and that is on 28. 3. The lower price is 55 EUR. Why is not possible to buy tickets for some other dates?

by Ivana Šloufová, posted 29 February 2016 on 14:46. Reply #

Hi Ivana,

it looks like you’ve found this timetable on a different website to ours. So we can’t really advise you on the timetable they are showing or their prices. Sorry!

We also sell tickets for this route, which you can find (and book) on our website:

If you’re having any trouble finding the tickets that you need, you can also contact our support team who will be very happy to help you further:

by Malin Schibler, posted 29 February 2016 on 22:24. Reply #

We are planning on visiting Lourdes June 22,returning June 28 for our flight on 29 June.We will be staying at Le Grand Hotel de Normandie
4, Amsterdam street, 09. Opéra, Paris, France 75009.Can you tell me which station is the closest one to get the train to Lourdes,what time on June 21.The cost and how does does it take to get there.Thank you ,Joan

by joan, posted 2 March 2016 on 4:49. Reply #

Hi Joan,

the trains to Lourdes only depart from one station in Paris. This is called Gare Montparnasse. You can also search for the ticket prices and all available departures on our website:

by Malin Schibler, posted 2 March 2016 on 9:12. Reply #


I am trying to book tickets for 15th July from Marseille to Lyon and then Lyon to Paris to be back for a Eurostar leaving for London at 20:00hrs via TER with two cycles, but I cannot see the note to say that there is a cycle carriage. Do I have to wait longer to see that cycles are available? I can see the same TER train numbers on the same day of the week at the end of March are showing cycles available, but not in July. Why is this? Thanks.

by Duncan, posted 8 March 2016 on 7:11. Reply #

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