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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.

Meet The New Trains Of Our Homepage

by Brice Boulesteix, posted 13 May 2015 | One comment

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We keep receiving great feedback about the trains we display on the home page of our website. They have been featured on various media websites in France including Capital and Le Figaro. But the time has come to make them evolve and add a few more trains. Do you know what’s cooler than two animated trains? Nine animated trains!

A big thank you to Enrico, our designer who made the illustrations below.

Meet the cast:

Eurostar

EurostarBuilt between 1992 and 1996, Eurostar’s fleet consists of 38 trains, designated Class 373 in the United Kingdom and TGV TMST in France. The units have also been branded as the Eurostar e300 by Eurostar since 2015.

Thalys

ThalysThalys trains are operated by Thalys International, which capital is divided between SNCF (France) and SNCB (Belgium). The newest variant of their trains is the Thalys PBKA, which benefits from the motor technology of TGV Duplex sets, but without the bi-level carriages.

TGV Duplex

TGV DuplexIntroduced in 1995, the TGV Duplex is manufactured by Alstom, and operated by SNCF. It features bi-level carriages and a seating capacity up to 526 passengers.

TER

TERThe TER (standing for Transport Express Régional) is the brand name used by the SNCF to denote rail service run by the regional councils of France. It began operating in 1984. Every day, over 800 000 passengers are carried on 5,700 TER-branded trains.

ICE

ICE DBThe ICE (for Intercity-Express) is the flagship train of Deutsche Bahn. Introduced in 2000, the ICE 3 variant is made by Bombardier and Siemens and has a maximum capacity of 460 passengers.

Frecciarossa

FrecciarossaThe Frecciarossa, or ETR 500, is a high-speed train introduced in 1993 and operated by Trenitalia. It speeds up to 185mph (300 km/h).

Italo

NTV ItaloThe Italo is operated by NTV. It is originally named AGV (for Automotrice à grande vitesse) and built by Alstom. The maximum commercial speed is 360 km/h.

Renfe

RenfeThe AVE Class 100 of the Renfe is built by Alstom and was the first high-speed train put into service in Spain, back in 1992. Its maximum speed is 225mph (360 km/h).

Guest Star: TGV Atlantique

TGV AtlantiqueThis iconic TGV is the second generation of SNCF’s High Speed trains. Introduced in 1989 to serve the LGV Atlantique line, it was the first to wear the new “Atlantique” design (blue & gray) which replaced the original orange of the original TGV.

SNCF Strike June 11 – 20 2014

by Malin Schibler, posted 11 June 2014 | 3 comments

Grève SNCF

You have probably already heard of it or are already in the midst of it; there is a nation-wide and international SNCF strike. So it is time for us to highlight our strike survival kit.

How do I know if my train is running?

If you still have a train to catch today, you can check SNCF Direct for real time information and updates. Please be aware that if you are catching a Renfe-SNCF train (e.g. Paris to Barcelona) your train information will not be displayed on this website. You will only be given a warning which says ‘Train is not running’. This is not indicative of the trains’ status and is a generic warning. So you will need to call SNCF on 3635 or speak to staff at a station to find out if your train has been cancelled or not.

Can I still use my ticket during the strike?

Yes. Luckily your ticket is valid for any other train during the day (for the same route), until the end of the strike and at no extra cost. However, there is no guarantee of seat. The strike started yesterday on June 10 at 19:00 and should cease after June 17. However, the strike is renewable so it could last longer than this. The special ticket and fare conditions will apply for the entire duration of the strike.

Can I cancel my ticket?

Yes. If your train is not running because of the strike then your ticket is fully refundable. Even if you have a non-refundable ticket such as a Prem’s then you will still be completely reimbursed. To take advantage of these friendly refund conditions, please contact us directly via email and we will be glad to assist you. Please note that we can only process refunds for bookings that have been made through Capitaine Train.

2014 SNCF Summer Sales Open On 3rd Of April

by Malin Schibler, posted 31 March 2014 | Add comment

Opening of the 2014 SNCF summer sales on 3 rd of April 2014

The summer sales of SNCF tickets for the holiday season will open on Thursday the 3rd of April. These tickets will be for trips between the 3rd of July and 24th of August.

We do keep repeating it but it is the absolute truth: to benefit from the best prices you have to book early. These tickets work on a first-come, first-served basis. The exact opening times have not been communicated but we do advise you to get up early (or stay up late depending on where you live) to buy the cheapest tickets. You have no reason to worry, if you book with us you’ll already be a step ahead. We can provide you with the fastest way (ever!) to buy tickets. Besides, I bet you’ve already registered all of your passengers on your account to book even faster.

Reminder events

As per usual, we’ve created a reminder event on Facebook as an alarm. We will also be tweeting to keep you up to date. As long as you are attending the Facebook event, we can keep you updated about the opening of the sales.
Click here to access the Facebook event

We’ll see you on Thursday. We’ll be holding down the fort until then.

Win Capitaine Train T-shirts by recommending us!

To celebrate the opening of the summer sales, we have organized a small competition in which you can win 20 Capitaine Train t-shirts. To participate, you all you need to do is let your family and friends know about the best time to purchase their tickets, this Thursday on Capitaine Train. Share your Ambassador link and send them a funny, compelling and brilliant message to encourage them to use Capitaine Train. 20 of the best ambassadors will be selected. 20 people will be drawn at random from all those who have sponsored at least one new user between the 1st and 6th of April (we count until midnight). And as always, you will earn points and your loved ones will receive €3 discount towards their first tickets.