PayPal Is Now Available On Capitaine Train!

by Malin Schibler, posted 22 April 2014 | 5 comments


Habemus PayPal !

Booking and finding the routes you want is great, but paying using your preferred method is even better. We of course already accept credit and debit card payments (MasterCard and Visa) though we wanted to be able to offer you even more choices. So say hello to PayPal!

We are now proudly the first and only service which allows you to book and pay for SNCF, Thalys, Eurostar, Lyria and Renfe-SNCF trains using PayPal. We want to give a big thank you to Stan for making this possible!

What tickets can I pay for using PayPal?

If you are booking a train ticket with a rail operator whose payments we handle internally then you have the option of using PayPal.

You can pay for the following tickets with PayPal:

SNCF – The national French rail operator has an immense network which covers over 4848 cities domestically and also expands internationally. About 14,000 trains are operated daily by SNCF so you certainly won’t have any shortage of routes to choose from.
➜ Click here for a SNCF route map

Thalys– This high-speed network spans through France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. It connects all major cities with only a few short hours of travel, so you can find yourself in Amsterdam after boarding the train only three hours earlier in Paris.
➜ Click here to see a Thalys route map

Eurostar – Cross the English Channel in less than two hours with Eurostar. This world famous rail operator connects the UK directly with Paris, Lille, Brussels, Disneyland Paris and Calais. Plus, don’t forget the direct trains to and from Avignon in the summer months and the great deals on trains to Belgium.
➜ Click here to see a route map for Eurostar.

Lyria – This is a cooperation line between Switzerland and France. So with Lyria you are able to travel from a variety of French cities (including Paris) to Basel, Geneva, Zurich, Bern, Lausanne and elsewhere.
➜Click here to see a route map of Lyria.

Renfe-SNCF – Meet the new cool kid on the block! The Renfe-SNCF cooperation line is extremely popular at the moment due to its super cheap train tickets from Paris to Barcelona (and return) which get you from A to B in just 6.5 hours.
➜ Click here to see a route map of the Renfe-SNCF line

Why PayPal?

Everyone has their own reasons for using PayPal. Some never have their card within reach, others want to centralise all of their banking into a single system.
For us it was simple; not being able to use PayPal is the same as not being able to use your credit card when paying for fuel. It’s illogical and annoying.

We won’t hide or deny the fact that it does cost us more to process PayPal transactions in comparison to conventional credit/debit card payments. But if it’s useful to some of our users then it’s certainly worth it for us. We will always put your needs first.

How can I use PayPal?

To buy your train tickets using your PayPal account, simple choose Pay with PayPal in the payment window. You will then be redirected to PayPal to authenticate and finalise your payment.

PayPal Capitaine Train

Do you have any questions regarding PayPal, payments or Elon Musk? Get in touch with us and we will provide all of the answers!


Hello – I’m trying to reach you at and it keeps coming back undeliverable. Will you please contact me. It is in regard to booking # U6HKYV The email should be accessible through the booking.
Thank you.

by Alayna, posted 11 May 2014 on 17:08. Reply #

Hello Alayna. We have received your email and have already answered. 🙂

by Jonathan, posted 11 May 2014 on 19:17. Reply #

I just tried to pay by paypal but failed. My Paypal is linking with my debit card but my Paypal balance is zero right now. Normally if I pay by Paypal without balance it will grab money from my saving account. I am not sure if it is the reason I failed.. I have been very frustrated with renfe site during these few days, almost tried all my cards. I don’t know how can I solve the problem.

by Vivian, posted 26 July 2014 on 17:04. Reply #

Getting to know Capitaine Train. I regret you do not accept AMEX, which your competitors do…

by Miguel Mesquita da Cunha, posted 14 December 2014 on 4:44. Reply #

Hey Miguel!

We most certainly do accept Amex 🙂 Just have a look at the following article, for more information:

by Malin, posted 19 December 2014 on 12:41. Reply #

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