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train from paris to venice

by lynee

hi everyone
this is a question for my friends,they are from australia and need to travel from paris to venice on 1st sept. they arrive in paris 4 days prior to this. they wish to take a night train ans get a sleeper or couchette .
Do they book from australia or do they book once they get to paris. Will that be enough time ahead to make sure they get that train.? or can they book from Aus using the french rail website. they plan on getting a rail pass. thank everyone for your help
lynee

Re: train from paris to venice

by K_V_B

The best sthing is not to get a railpass, and to book the train from the french railway's website -> www.sncf.fr. when booking on the SNCF website however they will need to "pretend" they are in France, and choose to pick up the tickets in France on arrival. If they let slip that they're in Australia they'll be forwarded to raileurope...

Re: train from paris to venice

by bazsi79

Hi,

I could find a direct EuroNight train leaving Paris (Bercy) at 20:33, and arriving at Venice (Santa Lucia) at 9:34 next morning.

As KVB already wrote, it is probably better/cheaper to book a ticket online for the given journey, rather than buying a railpass.

It is now too early to book for September, but if they book in time on SNCF's website, they might get discounted tickets:
http://www.voyages-sncf.com

The tickets I could find (though not yet for September) cost 35-55 euros/person in a 6-bed couchette in 2nd class (depending on availability), 65 euros/person in a 4-bed couchette in 1st class, while a place in a 3-bed cabin costs 125 euros/person.

Re: train from paris to venice

by qaminari

The only point in buying a rail pass would be if they intend to do a lot more travelling by train in France and Italy, which you don't mention (and if it was only in Italy it still wouldn't be worth it, they should buy individual tickets there). There is no point whatsoever in buying a pass for one international train trip, and they would have to pay a supplement anyway for a sleeper or couchette.
However, if they still want to buy a rail pass (each), they would in any case have to buy it from one of the agencies like Rail Europe (largely owned by SNCF - French Railways - anyway) which specialises in sales outside Europe, rather than waiting till they get to Europe.

Travel Tips for Paris

Intimate Paris

by mrclay2000

Paris easily leads Europe and the world for that matter in its intimacy with its river, the Seine. For considerable stretches along its banks, you can readily drop down from the busy streets into a quiet, private and romantic sanctuary among cobblestones directly at the river's edge. With almost no exceptions, every bridge across this mighty river seems close enough to the stream for you to dip down your hand and scoop up its turbid waters. Take the Pont Neuf, the oldest in town. Every niche or alcove has a private bench under two romantic lamps, the perfect spot for a tryst with the Seine rushing just a few meters below. The shorter bridges generally come closest to the river level, especially those leading to the islands, the Ile de la Cite and the Ile St-Louis. Even heavily trafficked Pont Alexandre III (my favorite in Europe) is intimate with the Seine and arguably enjoys the best position (for a bridge) across the river.

For photographers.

by pfsmalo

For those that are interested in the b and w photography of Paris from days gone by, there are a couple of exhibitions on in Paris at the moment by two of the "humanist" photographers of the 50's, one more well known than the other and two different styles, but very well worth the time to have a look whilst in Paris this early Spring.

Robert Doisneau - exhibition at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, 2 impasse Lebouis 75014 Paris until the 18th April 2010 - Tuesday -Sunday 13h00 - 18h30 except Saturdays open from 11h00 - 18h45. Entrance is between 3 to 6 euros. The Wednesday evening also from 18h30 - 20h00 and is free. Nearest metro is Gaité.

"Izis" Bidermanis - exhibition at the Hotel de Ville de Paris, 5 rue Lobau 75004 Paris until the 29th May 2010 - Every day except Sundays and Bank holidays from10h00 - 19h00 and entrance is free. Nearest metro is the Hotel de Ville.

LA TOUR EIFFEL
On peut pas...

by Christianne

LA TOUR EIFFEL
On peut pas imaginer Paris sans la Tour Eiffel.
Elle a ete construite par Eiffel de 1887 a 1889.
Elle divisee en trois etages: le premier atteint 57m, le second atteint 115m y le troisieme 276m d' altitude.

French/English

by Yseut

Ederly people don't speak English, but younger (let say 50's) speak English.
The younger they are, the better they speak foreign languages including/especially English.

So if you talk in English, most of the time they'll really try their best to understand you and to answer your questions.
BUT
Sometimes, they don't understand very well English and they don't want to concentrate a little bit. So they wan foreigner to try and speak a little of French... a lot of French.
Just bring you Frenc book with you ;-)

Eve if you don't speak French, French people (unlike anybody in the world) appreciate when you say just a few words, whihc you learned before you left your country.
No matter if you don't speak properly, nationals (in any country in the world) always love to hear foreigners talk their language. It's cute, and that makes them keener to help, because you made the effort to learn some words from the coutrny where you're going !

Popular Ballas!

by lamsterz

In Levallois, just northwest of Paris, there is a basketball court if you begin from the Town Hall and head toward the Seine, about 9 blocks. Turn right at the Seine and VOILA, le terrain de basket. Very popular as the city itself has turned out great ballas who have moved on to professional. Bring you A+ game!

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