Are you planning a trip to France in the summer of 2023? Do you want to take the train to visit the country?
SNCF (the French national railway company) train tickets go on sale March 8 at 6am. On that day, you can buy tickets for the following periods:
- TGV (high-speed train) from Saturday 8 July to Sunday 9 September 2023.
- OUIGO (low-cost train) from Saturday 8 July to Saturday 9 December 2023.
For information, the French school holidays run from Saturday 8 July to Sunday 3 September 2023.
Tips for buying your train ticket in France
To buy your train ticket, you can visit sncf-connect.com or thetrainline.com.
The best fares are available as soon as sales open. The prices of train tickets then increase little by little.
If necessary, train tickets are refundable and exchangeable free of charge 6 days before departure (except OUIGO).
Summary: when can I buy my ticket for summer 2023?
Check here for the different dates of opening of sales and circulation of trains in France:
|Trains / Destinations||Running dates||Dates of opening of sales|
|TGV and Intercity trains in France||From Saturday 8 July 2023 to Sunday 9 September 2023||Wednesday 8 March 2023|
|OUIGO High Speed in France||From Saturday 8 July 2023 to Saturday 9 December 2023||Wednesday 8 March 2023|
|OUIGO Trains Classiques (Paris – Nantes and Paris – Lyon lines)||–||45 days before departure|
|TGV to Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland||–||6 months before departure|
|TGV to Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands (with Thalys)||From Sunday 16 July 2023 to thursday 31 august 2023||Monday 17 April 2023|
|TGV to Italy and Paris – Lyon (with Trenitalia)||–||6 months before departure|
|TGV to the UK (with Eurostar)||–||11 months before departure|
Enjoy your stay in France! 🚆
2 thoughts on “Train in France: when to buy my tickets for summer 2023?”
I need to purchase tickets on the French TGV from Gare de Lyon to Avignon TGV in June. The direct train I am looking for is the 6111. When will I see it listed? It usually leaves around 11:38? TY
TGV tickets for the month of June are available 4 months before departure. Today, it is therefore possible to buy your ticket until June 24th.
You can buy your ticket directly on sncf-connect.com