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Cheapest train tickets to Paris for the weekend... SBB the only way?

I'm travelling to Paris to see a friend this weekend and I checked SBB to see how much a return ticket was and was pretty surprised that with halbtax it costs 270chf in 2nd class and 350chf in 1st class (making 1st class way more appealing imo) to Paris-Gare de Lyon with the TGV train.

Is this the cheapest and only way to book train there now, or is there any other way to bring the price down a bit?
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Old 23.07.2015, 15:57
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Re: Cheapest train tickets to Paris for the weekend... SBB the only way?

Check the SNCF site. They normally have a range of different prices matching your level of flexibility.

http://www.sncf.com/

Sometimes you can also get cheap deals if you look for a ticket from Mulhouse, and go to Mulhouse on a separate ticket.
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Check the SNCF site. They normally have a range of different prices matching your level of flexibility.

http://www.sncf.com/

Sometimes you can also get cheap deals if you look for a ticket from Mulhouse, and go to Mulhouse on a separate ticket.
Thanks Amogles... I did the same journey on that site and it came up as exactly the same amount as SBB. Mulhouse is too much extra hassle so I guess I'll just pay the 270chf. For some reason I didn't think a 4 hour train trip would be so expensive.
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Re: Cheapest train tickets to Paris for the weekend... SBB the only way?

I normally pay around 180chf but that is traveling during the week. Also its the end of the Tour de France in Paris on Sunday so I expect they put prices up for that!!
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I normally pay around 180chf but that is traveling during the week. Also its the end of the Tour de France in Paris on Sunday so I expect they put prices up for that!!
Yeah, just the timing I guess. Still... I'll take a 4 hour direct train over a flight any day, much less stressful!
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Re: Cheapest train tickets to Paris for the weekend... SBB the only way?

TGV ticket prices are just like EasyJet - book early and it's cheap- book last minute peak time and its expensive, I'm afraid. Won't help you this time, but tickets become available 90 days in advance- and are very cheap then, and prices go up as availability drops. We go and buy direct from our local French station- the 3 staff there take it as a challenge to find us the cheapest fares for the cheapest days- we go mid afternoon when they are bored and have nothing better to do! We pay around 90 to 100 each for return to St Pancras London, often mid-week. Much prefer the train right into town- be it to Paris or London. No travel to the airport well in advance and no car-park charges (the car park at our local French station is free and safe)- makes a big difference- just read, watch the lovely countryside and have a snooze in comfort, perfect. (Paris is just over 3 hours from here).

Last time we only booked 30 days in advance and paid 114 Euros, leaving on a Tuesday, coming back on a Thursday, in October.

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TGV ticket prices are just like EasyJet - book early and it's cheap- book last minute peak time and its expensive, I'm afraid. Won't help you this time, but tickets become available 90 days in advance- and are very cheap then, and prices go up as availability drops. We go and buy direct from our local French station- the 3 staff there take it as a challenge to find us the cheapest fares for the cheapest days- pay around 90 to 100 each for return to St Pancras London, often mid-week.
Ok thanks Oldie will bear that in mind and plan ahead a little more in future... good to know they aren't always so pricey at least!
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Re: Cheapest train tickets to Paris for the weekend... SBB the only way?

Odile is absolutely right.
We booked for son and daughter in law to come over in August and paid €129 each for them from London to Neuchâtel and it was only about six weeks in advance. They would have been cheaper if we'd booked earlier but the kept changing their minds about the dates.
Booking via SNCF website was by far the cheapest option when we were looking.
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Old 23.07.2015, 19:44
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Re: Cheapest train tickets to Paris for the weekend... SBB the only way?

The other trick is to buy in France and get a ticket from "the French" station in Basel rather than in Basel. You can buy the ticket in St Louis. However if you are not in Basel/nearby I guess that won't work so well.
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Re: Cheapest train tickets to Paris for the weekend... SBB the only way?

You can fly for that price
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Re: Cheapest train tickets to Paris for the weekend... SBB the only way?

well yes- but from the Valais, wherever you are, how long does it take you to get to the airport, and the cost. how much for car-park charges- and how much time and cost to then travel into town from Charles de Gaulle into Paris, or Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted or Luton into London?. Much prefer to take the train from a few mins from me, with free car park and arrive right in town- much more chilled out and relaxing.

Each to their own, hey

Later edit : TGV from Lausanne from Valais, not Geneva- and it picks me up on the way

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You can fly for that price
Direct? And at this short notice? No you can't.
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well yes- but from the Valais, wherever you are, how long does it take you to get to the airport, and the cost. how much for car-park charges- and how much time and cost to then travel into town from Charles de Gaulle into Paris, or Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted or Luton into London?. Much prefer to take the train from a few mins from me, with free car park and arrive right in town- much more chilled out and relaxing.

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Direct? And at this short notice? No you can't.
I was not talking about me. The OP shows living in Zurich. And for me in Wallis, I have to take train to GVA to fly or get TGV so it makes no difference!

On Expedia there are flights this weekend ZRH-CDG return for about 350chf. Obviously I don't know what day or time the OP would want to travel.
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I was not talking about me. The OP shows living in Zurich. And for me in Wallis, I have to take train to GVA to fly or get TGV so it makes no difference!

On Expedia there are flights this weekend ZRH-CDG return for about 350chf. Obviously I don't know what day or time the OP would want to travel.
You seem a tad confused. I am the OP, and I was just saying that I have already checked and I (when I said you, it was not meaning you specifically) cannot get a flight cheaper than the train ticket I listed at the times I need to travel... the cheapest direct flight is double the cost of the train.
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Re: Cheapest train tickets to Paris for the weekend... SBB the only way?

Great offer from SNCF to Paris- 49E second class, 1 way, 68 first class, and only 9E for kids under 12. Look at the SNCF website, until 1st of September, but not all dates are available (the offer ran from 15th July- sadly not for this week-end).

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