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Best place to purchase train tickets (international)

I'm trying to find the best places (read cheapest) to purchase train tickets.
For an example, I was looking to go to Paris, from Zurich and I thought I'd try and find the best price.

I've been looking at SBB, but you have to tell it what day you want to travel.
I was just introduced to sncf and they show the best price in a calendar format.

Are there any other sites I should be looking at.

Here's my attempt:
-- I have a few free day's later this month
-- Maybe I should go somewhere I've never been - maybe it's paris
-- If the price is right maybe I'll go
-- I'd love to see a calendar view of the prices for that timeframe so I can then say -- yeah, the price is right - I'll go.

Make sense?
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Re: Best place to purchase train tickets (international)

First place to look, and a site you would be advised to bookmark if you plan on making these trips a regular thing...

http://www.seat61.com/international-...tzerland-Paris
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Re: Best place to purchase train tickets (international)

Try and make part of the route through Germany, then there is a large discount against SBB prices, www.bahn.de

https://www.bahn.de/p/view/index.shtml?dbkanal_001=L08_S01_D001_KSE0001_AdWIn t_Schweiz_LZ01&s_kwcid=AL!198!3!95029026084!p!!g!! bahnticket&s_kwcid=AL!198!3!95029026084!p!!g!!bahn ticket&ef_id=WI546AAABDA2mvsq:20170129232117:s

avoid Paris, go to Munich!
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Re: Best place to purchase train tickets (international)

If you decide to book via the SBB, be sure to do it on-line. If you show up at the counter they now charge you CHF 9.00 or 10.00 more for the same ticket. The SBB is really trying to push you to purchase your tickets on-line.
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I'm trying to find the best places (read cheapest) to purchase train tickets.
For an example, I was looking to go to Paris, from Zurich and I thought I'd try and find the best price.
For Paris, book TGV tickets on french railway website, www.sncf.fr.

Also, buy only direct connections fully operated by TGV. Direct connections to Paris leave from Basel, Zurich, Bern, Lausanne and Geneve, but also Neuchatel which is by far the cheapest option of all. I usually paid 20-30 EUR one way. Often connections from Basel can be bought cheap as well. Get your Swiss-side connection with SBB.
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For Paris, book TGV tickets on french railway website, www.sncf.fr.

Also, buy only direct connections fully operated by TGV. Direct connections to Paris leave from Basel, Zurich, Bern, Lausanne and Geneve, but also Neuchatel which is by far the cheapest option of all. I usually paid 20-30 EUR one way. Often connections from Basel can be bought cheap as well. Get your Swiss-side connection with SBB.
Let me repeat that back to you to make sure I understand.
1) go to www.sncf.fr , buy a ticket from Neuchatel to Paris
2) go to SBB to purchase a ticket from Neuchatel to Zurich

Did I read that correctly.
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Re: Best place to purchase train tickets (international)

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For Paris, book TGV tickets on french railway website, www.sncf.fr.
Second this, I went to Paris in November from Lausanne, tickets were about 70 francs cheaper per person from the sncf.
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Re: Best place to purchase train tickets (international)

At sncf you can buy offers for around 29 euros for Paris -Strassbourg (one way first class) or Lausanne -Paris for around 49 Euros (One Way First Class).
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At sncf you can buy offers for around 29 euros for Paris -Strassbourg (one way first class) or Lausanne -Paris for around 49 Euros (One Way First Class).
I'm not sure how this helps me. I originally mentioned Zurich as my start location.

Are you saying I should get myself to Lausanne or Strassbourg then go to Paris?
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Re: Best place to purchase train tickets (international)

If you're looking for a direct train from Zurich to Paris, you're looking at a fare of CHF149 flexible or CHF 129 restricted one way. So, the way to cut costs is to do split ticketing or choose another departure point, which is well worth the effort if you want to save a decent amount of money.
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Re: Best place to purchase train tickets (international)

The prices are only examples , what to expect on sncf.
The lowest price for the trip from zurich to paris will be around 43 Euros (in March 17), for the return trip could be as low as 29 euros.

Use the "Preiskalender" to find the cheapest offers

http://ch.calendar.voyages-sncf.com/...=false&lang=de
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Let me repeat that back to you to make sure I understand.
1) go to www.sncf.fr , buy a ticket from Neuchatel to Paris
2) go to SBB to purchase a ticket from Neuchatel to Zurich

Did I read that correctly.
Yes this is my experience exactly. SBB operated trains - buy with SBB, TGV buy with SNCF. Will work out cheaper comparing to a single ticket for the whole route.
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Re: Best place to purchase train tickets (international)

Having issues:

I'm using SNCF.com
Start location: Zurich
Destination: Milan
When: Friday February 3
Return: Sunday February 5
Price found: 9e each way

Here is the problem
I choose the outbound and the inbound trains - each has a price of 9e.
The system then responds with:
<< Oops! The last available seats were sold. Please select another train.>>

So I try another train - still same response
I then try more expensive class - still same response
I try every class and departure time and editable/non editable
EVERy thing I try I get the same response

What is going on?
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Re: Best place to purchase train tickets (international)

I've even tried different amount of people.

2 people say's there are no more seats
So I try 1 person and say's the same thing
I then try 2 people again and it say's the same thing.

UGH --- who built this website.
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Re: Best place to purchase train tickets (international)

Now I've tried different day's all together.
I tried tomorrow - Thursday, leaving on the first train and returning on the last train (all tomorrow) and same exact response.

These were different prices as well.

WOW -
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